In this issue:
- Answering questions about the workload point system
As the pilot workload point system for full-time faculty has begun to roll out, AFT addresses some practical questions that have arisen.
- AFT works with Chancellor and Trustees to reduce class size minimum
Communication and collective actions led the Chancellor to allow Fall 2022 courses to run with fewer than 20 students enrolled. AFT is continuing to push for a permanent change to Board policy.
- Report on September 2nd contract bargaining session
Report on the most recent bargaining session between AFT and District negotiators on a new 3-year faculty contract (July 2022 – June 2025)
- In evolving Covid landscape, AFT pushes for improved faculty health provisions
While the CFT has won funding for expanded health insurance benefits for adjunct faculty, AFT 1493 has been working with our Board members and District leadership to support our faculty’s health and safety needs and concerns.
- State provides major funding for adjunct faculty healthcare
The California Legislature passed a budget trailer bill – including every component of CFT’s demands – that will make quality, affordable healthcare much more accessible for community college part-time faculty, including “Freeway Flyers” who work in multiple college districts.
- Action alert: urge Newsom to increase the part-time workload cap
Please take a moment right now to urge Governor Newsom to sign AB 1856, which would increase the cap on part-time workload from 67% to 85%–allowing part-timers to devote more time and attention to students in a single district, rather than working in 2, 3, or more.
- AFT 1493’s Gender Oppression Task Force organizes to strengthen District’s Title IX policies and procedures
Our District’s Title IX processes have not adequately protected students, classified professionals and faculty from discriminatory behavior and gender-based violence.
- AB 705 and 1705: Legislation for “equity” shortchanges language learners
Since AB 705’s implementation in 2019, credit ESOL section offerings and enrollment have plummeted despite continued need. How did “progressive” legislation to broaden access demolish service to language learners?
- Comparing SMCCCD instructional adjunct pay to neighboring districts
This update of the instructional adjunct salary comparisons published in May 2022 reflects SMCCCD’s new 2022-23 mirrored instructional adjunct salary schedule as well as recent increases in neighboring districts’ salary schedules.
- 100+ faculty members attend AFT Flex Day workshop
At AFT 1493’s ‘Know Your Contract” session on District Flex Day faculty members discussed some key aspects of the current contract which the union is currently trying to strengthen through our contract negotiations.
- Faculty, students and staff join the People’s March, tracing 52 years of the struggles of the Queer community
AFT 1493 organizers and SMCCCD students and staff participated in the People’s March , an alternative to SF PRIDE to show solidarity with queer communities and our over 50-year history of resistance.
- AFT members show solidarity at labor convention meeting featuring Amazon Union president Chris Smalls
The energy in the room of the California Labor Federation Convention was electric as Amazon Labor Union president Chris Smalls approached the podium. Fast food workers and members of the Fight for Fifteen campaign raised their voices in a chorus of “Sí, se puede,” tables of Teamsters, CFT delegates, and the newly created Starbucks Workers Union burst into a raucous applause.