Good news!!! At 10:38 p.m.on Tuesday, October 24, after a mediation session that lasted more than 9 and a half hours, AFT negotiators and District negotiators reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) on a faculty contract covering July 2022 through June 2025.
Special membership meeting: Wednesday, November 1st, at 4 p.m. Zoom link: bit.ly/aft1493mm At this meeting, we will discuss the Tentative Agreement for the 2022-2025 contract. AFT’s Executive Committee will also vote on whether to recommend that members ratify the Tentative Agreement, recommend against ratification of the Tentative Agreement, or issue no recommendation.
All faculty are invited to the meeting, which will take place on Zoom at bit.ly/aft1493mm
Note that we will also be holding 2 Contract Forums where faculty can discuss the Tentative Agreement with negotiators:
- one Contract Forum on Friday, November 3rd from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Zoom at bit.ly/aft1493mm
- one Contract Forum during our regular AFT Membership Meeting the following Wednesday, November 8th, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Zoom at bit.ly/aft1493mm. We will hold the Contract Forum at the beginning of the Membership Meeting, starting close to 2:30.
Tentative Agreement for SMCCCD faculty contract July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2025
PAY AND BENEFITS
Wages (Article 8):
- For all faculty except instructional part-timers: raise of 7% for 2022-23, 5% for 2023-24, and 3% for 2024-25 (total 15%). Negotiations for the third year will be reopened to negotiate a potential raise above 3% if property tax revenues increase at least 6% for San Mateo County this fiscal year.
- For instructional part-timers: raise of 9.5% for 2022-23, 7.5% for 2023-24, and 5.5% for 2024-25 (total 22.5%). Negotiations for the third year will be reopened to negotiate a potential raise above 5.5% if property tax revenues increase at least 6% for San Mateo County this fiscal year.
- Retroactive pay going back to July 1, 2022.
- Language preventing the District from deducting ostensible overpayments from future paychecks without written permission from the faculty member.
Benefits (Article 9):
- Full-time: significant increases in District contributions to healthcare premiums according to the following table:
|Plan type||District contribution under previous contract||District 2023 contribution under new contract||District 2024 contribution under new contract|
|Faculty+2 or more||$1878.41/month||$2090.63/month||$2336.99/month|
- Based on new language, when Kaiser premiums increase, District contributions will also increase for all faculty (not just those on Kaiser).
- Retroactive healthcare contributions will be paid to FT faculty on District plans going back to January 1, 2023.
- See how much you will pay in Spring 2024 at bit.ly/1493FThealthcare.
- Status quo dental coverage.
- AY 2023-24: 1-year agreement that increases the part-time healthcare reimbursement amount from $3305 per semester to $5482.44 in Fall 2023 (for healthcare premiums paid July through December 2023) and $6128.46 in Spring 2024 (for healthcare premiums paid January through June 2024). This agreement also expands eligibility to part-timers who teach at least 40% between multiple community college districts, and increases reimbursement frequency to four times per year, with reimbursement requests submitted by the end of September, December, March and June.
- In February 2024, AFT and the District will reopen negotiations on part-time healthcare.
Class assignment for full-timers (new article):
- New article provides a contractual process for full-time faculty to submit preferences for class assignments, schedule, modality, and location and specifies that deans shall not arbitrarily disregard a faculty member’s specified preferences. If a faculty member’s assignment request is denied, the dean must provide the reason for the denial in writing.
Disability accommodations (new article):
- First-ever contract language on reasonable accommodation for faculty with disabilities.
- This article specifies that administrators will meet with faculty seeking reasonable accommodations and their union reps as part of the ADA-required interactive process; will inform faculty and their union rep in writing of the resolution of their request for accommodation (what accommodation has been granted or if the request has been denied); and will meet with faculty and union reps as necessary to review problems concerning reasonable accommodation.
OTHER CHANGES TO EXISTING CONTRACT
Union rights (Article 2):
- Language specifying AFT’s right to attend any faculty orientations organized by HR and to present at group orientations for at least 30 minutes.
Workload (Article 6):
- Language specifying that before reassigned time (including coordination time) is assigned, the faculty member and relevant administrator shall agree to a list of duties and the total percentage of reassigned time.
Work location and work hours (Article 7):
- Language specifying remote counseling as a modality of counseling.
Reassignment (Article 12):
- Faculty may be assigned to service in an FSA outside their principal FSA if they meet minimum qualifications (previously, the contract required that the faculty meet minimum qualifications and either have a major/master’s/doctoral degree in the other FSA, have worked in the other FSA in the current year, have worked in the other FSA at least 4 semesters over the past 7 years, have the other FSA as a major on a California credential, or had the FSA as their principal assignment at the time they got tenure). This change would only affect faculty who meet minimum qualifications in areas outside their primary FSA that do not require a master’s, and who do not have a major in that area.
Professional development (Article 13):
- Revisions recommended by campus Professional Development committees, including guidelines for committees and a clear approval sequence.
Faculty Service Areas (Article 20):
- Language specifying how faculty may apply for FSAs for which they qualify beyond their primary FSA.
Evaluations (Appendix G):
- The District has agreed to negotiate on revisions to evaluation forms in February 2024 (outside the regular contract cycle). AFT’s goal is for these revisions to go into effect at the beginning of AY 2024-25.
NO MOU ON DUAL ENROLLMENT:
- As AFT and the District could not come to agreement on a dual enrollment MOU, dual enrollment assignments, including faculty duties, will continue to be governed by the main contract.
- Read the full text of the Tentative Agreement here.
Timeline for contract ratification
Note: at our AFT membership meeting on October 18, 2023, AFT 1493’s Executive Committee voted that only AFT members shall be eligible to vote in contract ratification votes. For that reason, if you are not currently an AFT member and want to vote on whether to ratify the contract, you must sign up at https://leadernet.aft.org/webform/san-mateo-community-college-federation-teachers by Monday, November 13th, at 11:59 p.m. See more information below.
- Special membership meeting / EC vote on recommendation: Wednesday Nov. 1st, 4-5 p.m. at bit.ly/aft1493mm
- Zoom contract forum 1: Friday, November 3rd from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Zoom at bit.ly/aft1493mm
- Zoom contract forum 2: during regular AFT membership meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 8th, 2:30-5 p.m. at bit.ly/aft1493mm
- Deadline to become an AFT member to participate in ratification vote: Monday, Nov. 13th, by 11:59 p.m. (sign up at https://leadernet.aft.org/webform/san-mateo-community-college-federation-teachers)
- Ratification vote conducted online: Wednesday, Nov. 15th, at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, Nov. 17th at 5 p.m.
- Results announced: Monday, Nov. 20th
- Potential SMCCCD Board of Trustees vote on contract: Wednesday, Nov. 29th
Thank you again for all your organizing to get a strong Tentative Agreement! We look forward to discussing the TA with you on the 1st and the 8th.
Your AFT negotiating team