View full December 2020 issue (pdf)
In this issue:
- Contract negotiations in final stretch: Pay, benefits and new MOU are on the table
AFT is proposing a parity goal of 85% and a series of concrete, timely steps to achieve it.
- SMCCD provides among lowest health care coverage for part-time faculty in the Bay 10
- Our district provides less health coverage for part-time faculty than all but one other Bay 10 district and is one of only three of the Bay 10 districts that does not provide a district-supported health insurance plan to their part-timers.
- Smaller class sizes needed to develop social justice pedagogy
AFT Anti-Oppression Committee developed a resolution, supported by the District Academic Senate and presented to the Board of Trustees, to build a meaningful district-wide conversation about equity and a process to reduce class size limits.
- Survey of district part-timers finds most adjuncts do not have other stable work
The survey also found that SMCCD part-timers rely on SMCCD work to pay for housing and healthcare and are likely to leave district if their pay doesn’t improve soon
AFT survey finds Covid MOU had limited effects on working conditions
Few faculty got their class sizes reduced and few faculty applied for leaves in Summer/Fall 2020
Will paid family leave be available again in Spring semester?Full-time and part-time faculty parents remain in the dark about how to plan for Spring 2021 because the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Relief Act), which allowed full-time and part-time faculty to take a reduced load without affecting pay or benefits will expire at the end of the calendar year unless Congress acts to renew it.
In memoriam: Kathleen de Azevedo Feinblum
We lost a really good one.
Kathleen Feinblum was advocating for part-timers’ rights 20 years ago
Kathleen Feinblum was a long-time part-time faculty activist and wrote a column in The Advocate, called “The Part-Timer Voice” over twenty years ago. She was advocating for the same issues that are still being fought for today. Part-time faculty were actually successful in getting our Board of Trustees to pass a resolution in support of “equal pay for equal work” for part-timers on April 12, 2000!
- Reminder: Part-timers are eligible for unemployment benefits between semesters