September 14, 2011

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493

Minutes of
General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting

September 14, 2011 at College of San Mateo

EC Members Present:

Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica Malamud, Lisa Suguitan Melnick, Sandi Raeber Dorsett, Joaquin Rivera, Anne Stafford, Masao Suzuki, Elizabeth Terzakis, Lezlee Ware, Rebecca Webb

Other Attendees:

Isabel Anderson, James Carranza, Jessica Einhorn, Violeta Grigorescu, Angela Skinner Orr, Doug Sherman, Mike Stanford

Zev Kvitky, CFT Field Rep 


Meeting begun: 2:35

Facilitator: Joaquin Rivera


1. Welcome and Introductions


2. Statements from AFT (non-EC) Members on Non-Agenda Items




3. Minutes of May 13, 2011 AFT Meeting

Tabled until October meeting.


4. Tentative Agreement Campaign, Including Media Discussion


Our first item of discussion was how to convey our personal positions on the TA to faculty. We agreed that we should be consistent in our messages to faculty and that we should emphasize why we rescinded our August vote – our withholding of recommendation is not a neutral position. The Advocate will run an article by Elizabeth Terzakis, explaining why she does not support the TA.

If faculty reject the TA, the District must return to the bargaining table; they have indicated that they will not do so unless compelled to.


We agreed that the ratification vote should take place the week of September 26. At our August retreat the EC voted to institute electronic voting, but Dan has encountered some problems. Dan believes he will be able to get the bugs worked out, but if we are concerned that the electronic will not go smoothly, we may try some type of electronic/in-person voting.

Prior to the ratification vote, AFT will create and distribute flyers outlining the history of our August vote to recommend ratification and our decision to rescind that vote; an explanation of what a “yes” vote on the TA would mean and what a “no” vote would mean; and salary comparisons of faculty in the Bay 10 Community Colleges.

After some discussion, we decided that rather than hold forums on each campus, we would set up information tables.


5. District Bond Discussion

Tabled until October meeting.


6. Board of Trustees Election Discussion

The EC voted last week to endorse Joe Ross. The San Mateo Labor Council has also endorsed Ross, along with the three incumbents running for office: Pat Miljanich, Karen Schwartz, and Dave Mandelkern. Today, the EC voted not to endorse any of the three incumbents (9 “yes,” 0 “no,” and 0 “abstain”).


7. Statements from EC Members on Non-Agenda Items


Meeting adjourned: 4:50