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Union Leadership Opportunity: MC Vice-President



There is an exciting opportunity for full-time faculty members of the Union interested in serving their colleagues on the AFT Local 1828 Executive Council as the Moorpark College Full-Time Faculty VP.  This is a key leadership position within our union and we are looking for someone with enthusiasm, energy, and a willingness to serve their fellow faculty members.   The VP job duties are located below.  
 
If you are interested in serving as the Moorpark College Full-time Faculty VP, please send a letter of interest to steveaft1828@gmail.com no later than Wednesday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m.  Faculty can receive 0.1 release time for serving as VP.  The term of the appointment will be through June 1, 2018.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly via email or call me at the AFT office (805) 987 - 1188.
 
In Unity,

 
Steve Hall
President - Ventura County Federation of College Teachers, AFT Local 1828

Job Duties for Vice President (As amended on Friday, September 9, 2016)

The Vice-Presidents shall:
a     Recruit other members to become active in union activities.  
b       Assist in communication with members and recruit new members from their campuses.
c       Represent AFT at Academic Senate, campus and district committee meetings as listed in Article 17.1, sections A-D of the Agreement between VCCCD and AFT Local 1828 or assist in recruiting representatives to the above committees as needed.
d       Serve on AFT sub-committees as needed.
e       Represent their campuses at Executive Council meetings.





Affirmation Students (VCCCD)



Whereas, the 2016 electoral season included divisive rhetoric targeted at women, LGBTQ people, persons with disabilities, Muslims and other religious minorities, immigrants (both documented and undocumented), DREAMERS (Development, Relief & Education of Alien Minors” DREAM ACT), DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans), DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students, and people of color;


Whereas, in light of the results of the 2016 election, the Ventura County Federation of College Teachers, AFT Local 1828 with nearly 1,400 faculty members teaching in the three colleges of the Ventura County Community College District has witnessed our students expressing, in both public and private, confusion, anxiety, fear for their physical safety and well-being, and concerns about their individual rights, all of which negatively impact the achievement of their educational goals;

Whereas, the mission of our colleges is to serve and support all students to achieve student success, and the core value of this student focus requires us to address the needs of students in our actions, work harmoniously, and show compassion;

And whereas, our DACA and DAPA students are in distress and fearful of imminent deportations by the newly elected U.S. President, and this is affecting their motivation to continue their education;

Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Ventura County Federation of College Teachers reaffirms its commitment, as a representative body of the VCCCD faculty, to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and safe learning environment for all students, free from discrimination, bullying, harassment, and fear,

Be It Further Resolved, that the Ventura County Federation of College Teachers encourages faculty members to use the learning environment to show compassion and support for students who may be experiencing anxiety, uncertainty, and fear in the current political climate,

Be It Further Resolved, that the Ventura County Federation of College Teachers strongly supports the recent letter from University of California President Janet Napolitano, California State University Chancellor Tim White, and California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley urging President-elect Donald Trump to continue the DACA program,

Be It Further Resolved, that the Ventura County Federation of College Teachers will urge the VCCCD to adopt the following recommendations from California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley;

  • District police departments should not detain, question or arrest any individual solely on the basis of (suspected) undocumented immigration status.
  • Districts should not cooperate with any federal effort to create a registry of individuals based on any protected characteristics such as religion, national origin, race or sexual orientation.
  • No confidential student records should be released without a judicial warrant, subpoena or court order, unless authorized by the student or required by law.
Be It Finally Resolved, that the Ventura County Federation of College Teachers will urge VCCCD to examine the policies and procedures that can potentially make the VCCCD a Sanctuary or a “safe zone” in order to protect the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.




CFT Scholarships for High School Students and Continuing College Students





Raoul Teilhet Scholarships for High School Students and Continuing College Students


The CFT offers scholarships to high school seniors and college students who are children or dependents of CFT members in good standing. Students enrolled in four-year courses of study are eligible for $3,000 scholarships; those enrolled in two-year courses of study are eligible for $1,000.

Scholarship eligibility

  • Award selection is based on academic achievement, special talents and skills, participation in extracurricular activities, community service, financial need, and a 500-word essay on a social issue of the applicant’s choice.
  • Scholarships are awarded for any one year of higher education.
  • Students must be listed as a dependent on their parents’ or guardians’ tax return to be eligible for this scholarship.
  • Parents or guardians will be asked to have their local union president verify union membership.
  • Students who received scholarships as high school seniors are not eligible for another scholarship during college.
Raoul Teilhet Scholarship applications and deadlines


Learn more about scholarships offered by the AFT and the AFL-CIO at http://cft.org/member-services/scholarships/national-scholarships.html.




Victory for Students as California Supreme Court Rejects Review of Vergara Appeal



San Francisco – In a victory for students and educators, the Supreme Court of California today announced it will not review the Vergara v. California lawsuit, letting the unanimous appellate court decision upholding five statutes governing professional and employment rights for educators stand as constitutional. This decision vindicates the arguments of educators, civil rights groups, legal scholars and education policy experts that the state statutes affirming educator rights do not harm students.


“This is a good day for students and educators as the Supreme Court’s decision brings an end to the case brought by wealthy anti-public education millionaires who spent millions of dollars to bypass voters, parents, and the legislature in an attempt to impose their harmful education agenda on local schools, .” said California Teachers Association President Eric C. Heins. “It’s time to get back to the real issues facing our public schools and work together to improve student learning and support the art of teaching. Eliminating teachers’ ability to stand up for their students and robbing school districts of the tools they need to make sound employment decisions was a well-funded but wrong-headed scheme developed by people with no education expertise.”


“We applaud the state Supreme Court’s affirmation of the appeal court decision,” said Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers. “The teacher shortage facing California has been stoked by the Vergara case, the expensive publicity machine surrounding it, and the constant attacks by so-called reformers on teachers and public education. We can now turn closer attention to solving the actual problems we confront in our schools, such as securing adequate funding through Prop 55, reducing class sizes, promoting and strengthening peer assistance and review, and reinforcing collaborative district practices with a proven record of success. These efforts will result in a more positive climate to address the teacher shortage crisis, bring young people to teaching and encourage experienced teachers to stay in the classroom.”


The Vergara case was the brainchild of Silicon Valley multi-millionaire David Welch and a group of corporate attorneys and public relations experts who founded the organization Students Matter to file the lawsuit. At issue in the case were five California statutes covering due process rights for teachers, probationary periods, and the value of educator experience when school districts are forced to lay off personnel due to revenue shortfalls and underfunding.Over the course of a nearly two-month trial, award-winning teachers, superintendents, principals, school board members, education researchers, and policy experts testified to the benefit of these laws and how they work effectively to ensure quality instructors in well-run school districts. No connection was ever made between the challenged laws and any student being harmed. The Court of Appeal decision repeatedly affirmed that the current laws do not prevent districts from making personnel decisions.





CFT-Sponsored Bills Pass Out Of Their House Of Origin



Community College Part-Time Faculty Collective Bargaining: Assembly Bill 1690 (Medina) would require those community college districts without a collective bargaining agreement with part-time, temporary faculty to commence negotiations to establish standards for the treatment of part-time, temporary faculty to be met by community college collective bargaining agreements, including, among other issues, workload distribution, evaluation procedures and seniority rights. Specifically, AB 1690 would require those community college districts that have not entered into a collective bargaining agreement as of January 1, 2017 to engage in negotiations with their part-time faculty for the purpose of retaining qualified part-time faculty and establishing a seniority list that will govern the offering of new assignments or a reduction in assignments. Those districts that already have such an agreement in place are exempted from the requirements of this bill. This bill also specifies minimum standards for the negotiated language.


Currently, this bill is in the Senate Rules Committee after having passed off the Assembly Floor on a 55-20 vote on June 1, 2016. The bill most likely will be referred to the Senate Education Committee. Community College Part-Time Faculty Office Hours: Assembly Bill 2069 (Medina) would require a community college district to report the percentage of part-time faculty that are required to hold office hours. The Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012 requires participating community college districts to, with the advice of the Chancellor, establish and maintain institutional research to evaluate the effectiveness of programs designed to facilitate students’ completion of educational goals and courses of study. This bill would require community college districts to report, as a part of their Student Success Scorecard, the percentage of part-time faculty who are required to hold office hours per full-time equivalent student.


Currently, this bill is in the Senate Rules Committee after having passed off the Assembly Floor on a 77-0 vote on June 1, 2016. The bill is currently in the Senate Rules Committee awaiting assignment, but will most likely be referred to the Senate Education Committee.





AFT T-Shirts are in!





Oh yeah! We got our rockin' shirts in! If you wanna look like the coolest teacher on campus, then come pick up your shirt! The shirts are Unisex. Just in case though, female shirts are all available for a limited time!