One Way to Shape Your Union

Faculty,

Have you been looking for a way to get involved in the union?  Help decide the direction your union will take?  Be involved in decisions that will directly affect the working conditions of faculty and the learning conditions of your students?

Your union, the Palomar Faculty Federation, currently has two open Executive Board seats that need to be filled by members.  At this point the current Executive Board may simply appoint a member to the seat (in other words, we will not run an election).  The open seats are:

  •         a Part-Time faculty member position until May, 2019
  •         an At-Large position (either a Part-Time or Full-Time member) until May, 2019

To qualify, you must be a member of PFF and be able to attend most of the meetings.  Those are held from 4:00-6:00pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month when school is in session.  The majority of the meetings are on the main campus in AA 140, and we are looking at scheduling a few at the other centers.

For more information, you can reply here or contact one or both Co-Presidents directly (Teresa Laughlin, tlainelaughlin@gmail.com or Barbara Baer, 63demeter@gmail.com).

In solidarity,

Palomar Faculty Federation

Faculty Working Conditions are Student Learning Conditions

http://www.palomarfacfed.org

(760) 744-1150 x 3948 

Online Membership Form
https://leadernet.aft.org/webform/palomar-faculty-federation
 

Office Hours in MD-330 for Fall Semester, 2018
Mon 9:30a-3p

Tues 9:30a-3p & 4-5p

Wed 9:30a-1p

Thur 9:30a-3p

Fri 11a-1p

PFF Negotiation Update #2

From our Lead Negotiator, Jenny Fererro:

Hello fellow faculty!

We are happy to share our most recent negotiations update. After a very productive and efficient negotiations cycle, we were able to complete negotiations on the 2018/19 contract on Thursday 6/28. Our team (made up of half part-time faculty and half full-time faculty) continue to be very pleased with the pace, responsiveness, and communication of our negotiations with the District under the leadership of Dr. Lisa Norman, VP of Human Resource Services.  Given the difficult financial situation for the District right now, we are proud to report that faculty did not lose anything in this contract, maintaining (and improving!) our District-paid benefits, and making some important gains to benefit faculty!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

·      SALARIES:

* A 2.71% COLA on all salaries and stipends (except SLO facilitator stipends, but see below for more information on those) that will be retroactive to July 1, 2018.

·       BENEFITS:

* We signed an MOU that adds several incentivized benefits options. FT employees will have the opportunity to keep their same current health benefits (either Kaiser or Anthem PPO), or switch during open enrollment to one of 3 new options (Anthem FSA, Anthem HSA, and Kaiser HSA). The HSA options come with monetary incentives that can be rolled over year to year. More details about these options will be forthcoming from the District and there will be ample education and time for Q & A before open enrollment in October.

* PT employees will now be able to buy in to health benefits with a 45% load instead of the previous 50% load (16.10.5), and will have the option to buy in to vision and dental HMO benefits.

·       SLO FACILITATORS:

* Increased SLO facilitator stipend to $1110.10 per semester for ALL SLO facilitators. This equalizes all of the SLO facilitator stipends, and removes the unfair discrepancies caused by having the SLO facilitator stipend differ in amount based on Department Chair release time. In order to negotiate this, we did agree that this stipend alone would be exempt from any COLA increase this year. Language was also added indicating that SLO facilitators must complete the duties listed in 12.9 in order to receive their stipend.

·       EMERITI FACULTY:

* Emeriti faculty will have the opportunity to enroll in up to 6 units at Palomar per semester (given there is room in the class) at no cost to the retired faculty.

* Emeriti faculty will also have the opportunity to teach up to one class or .3 load per semester, to be assigned after FT overload, and before PT assignments are made.

·       Classes with at least 15 students one week before classes start will be allowed to meet the first class to try and get enrollment up. If they do not have at least 20 by 48 hours after the first class, they may be cancelled. This gives those “high teens” classes a fighting chance!

·      Release time for the Women’s Studies Coordinator, along with increased summer stipends for several positions in Appendix F.

·      Release time to create ombudsperson positions at the Escondido, Fallbrook, and Rancho Bernardo education centers to help faculty connect with PFF and Faculty Senate before problems arise.

·       Increased protection for faculty from District monitoring of emails and whereabouts.

·       Other small language clean-ups, clarifications, date changes, and organization…

You can review all of the Tentative Agreements (TAs) and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) that were signed with the District as a part of this negotiations process on the PFF website: https://www.palomarfacfed.org/contract/

As always, our goal is to protect our amazing benefits, faculty oversight, and strong processes, and to increase equity among part-time and full-time faculty. We are constantly pushing back when we see money being used in questionable ways, and we are committed to protecting and enforcing our collective bargaining agreement!

PFF members will be able to vote on whether or not to accept the negotiated 2018/19 contract via a SurveyMonkey link that will be sent out on Monday, July 16, 2018. Please check both your personal and Palomar email addresses for the email with the link to vote. The voting period will run from 7/16 to 7/30. If you would like to check your membership status, please reply to this email. If you would like to join the PFF to be able to vote, please fill out the membership commitment at https://leadernet.aft.org/webform/palomar-faculty-federation by 7/16. Now more than ever, your membership in PFF matters so that we can continue to show strong collective bargaining power in our negotiations on your behalf!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Lead Negotiator, Jenny Fererro at jfererro@palomar.edu

In unity,

Your Negotiations Team: Barbara Baer, Jenny Fererro, Teresa Laughlin, and Nicole Siminski

PFF Negotiations Update

Hello fellow faculty!

As the semester draws to a close, we wanted to provide a Negotiations Update- a status report on the negotiations for the 2018/19 contract.

We began the process of negotiating the 2018/19 contract in April, soon after completing the vote on the 2017/18 contract. Since the process started nearly immediately after the last contract round, it is shaping up to be a much faster process, and we have continued to be impressed with the tone, pace, responsiveness, and communication of negotiations with the District with the current District Negotiations Team, led by VP of HRS, Dr. Lisa Norman. We have met several times, and have already TA’ed (tentatively agreed) on several article and signed several MOU’s. All TA’s and MOU’s are available to view on the PFF website at: https://www.palomarfacfed.org/contract/

2018/19 CONTRACT:

TA’s/Completed:

·         Minor changes to dates and other slight language changes to Article 1, Article 4, Article 23

·         Removal of Appendix H- the part-time office hours form will be housed on the HRS website rather than in the contract, eliminating the need to redo that part of the contract every time the form changes.

·         Slight language clarification in Article 17.3.4.1- indicating that improvement plans will be provided to part-time faculty on the preferential consideration list who receives an overall Needs Improvement on their evaluation.

·         Shifting responsibility for verifying service points for use of banked leave to the Deans instead of the PD office

Currently on the table/under discussion:

·         Article 6- ensuring PFF representation for faculty at the new NEC and SEC, as well as Escondido

·         Article 8- working to adjust cancellation windows for classes in the teens

·         Article 16- improving access to benefits for part-time faculty, and requesting that emeritus faculty be able to audit/take classes at Palomar in retirement

·         Article 20- clarifying language and logistics related to the PT prioritization process that will take effect for Fall 19 scheduling, including deadlines for responses, responsibility of designating disciplines, and other logistical changes. Ensuring that retired faculty are able to be offered a class if they are interested in teaching in retirement. Ensuring that the District does not monitor faculty whereabouts or hours using any technology related to safety (cameras, license plate readers, etc.)

Still to come:

·         Article 15: working to increase compensation!

·         Appendix F: cleaning up this appendix to reflect current and new practice, and working for more equitable release time for certain positions

·         Appendix L: fixing a few dates, including language related to evaluations for ECELS NOHE employees

As always, our goal is to protect our amazing benefits, faculty oversight, and strong processes, and to increase equity among part-time and full-time faculty. We are constantly pushing back when we see money being used in questionable ways, and we are committed to protecting and enforcing our collective bargaining agreement!

Please keep your eyes out for emails/updates related to the 2018/19 contract, as we will be continuously working throughout the summer and will hopefully be able to call for a vote on the contract this summer. All PFF members will be able to vote on the contract.

The 2017/18 contract is official, even though we do not have printed copies yet. Due to HR staffing issues, the clean copy ready for print is just getting finalized, and we will be running a small print run of hard-copy contracts. We will make sure each department and relevant office gets one copy, and we will have a few available for individuals who need a hard-copy, keeping in mind that we will be finishing up the 2018/19 contract before too long. The full 2017/18 contract should be available on the PFF website by next week once we get the final scanned signature page!

We would also like to thank Colleen Bixler for her unflagging devotion to Palomar- first as a longtime full-time faculty member, then in retirement as a part-time faculty member. Most recently, she has spent the past few years as Part-time Co-President of the PFF, Grievance Officer, and a member of the Negotiations Team. Yesterday’s Negotiations meeting was Colleen’s last official duty at Palomar, as she is retiring for the second time to travel and spend time with her growing family. Colleen’s advocacy for part-time faculty over the past few years has been exceptional, and her expertise, institutional memory, intelligence, and great attitude will be missed at the table! We are keeping the Negotiations Team to 4 members: 2 part-time and 2 full-time faculty. Nicole Siminski from ESL will be joining the Negotiations Team this summer, taking Colleen’s place at the table, and working with Barbara Baer to represent the PT faculty in the negotiations process. Welcome Nicole!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Lead Negotiator, Jenny Fererro at jfererro@palomar.edu

In unity,

Your Negotiations Team: Barbara Baer, Colleen Bixler, Jenny Fererro, Teresa Laughlin, Nicole Siminski

PFF 2017/18 Contract Vote Results

Thank you to all of the PFF members who voted on the 2017/18 contract. The vote ended on Wednesday 3/21, and the contract was accepted by the majority of voters.

84.42% voted to ACCEPT the negotiated 2017/18 contract
15.58% voted against the negotiated 2017/18 contract

We had our highest voter turnout yet, with 353 of our members voting.

The negotiated 2017/18 contract is effective immediately. The new PT prioritization formula will not apply until scheduling for Fall 19. The 1.56% COLA will be reflected in your March paycheck, the retro COLA for July-February will be paid in April.
The new PT office hours form will be posted to the HR website shortly. For PT office hours, the increase to $55 per hour will be paid in the 5/20/18 check and will include any retro pay for office hours already paid for Fall 17.

Due to the timing of this approval, and the expectation of a new 2018/19 contract this year, a limited run of hard copy contracts will be printed- a copy will be provided to each department, and HR and PFF will have a limited number of hard copies to provide to any faculty member who wants their own copy. The full electronic version of the 2017/18 contract will be posted on the PFF website as soon as the formatting is completed by HR and checked by us.

Thank you again to all of you who voted, and to those who provided feedback.
Negotiations are starting after Spring Break for the 2018/19 contract, and we anticipate a faster process this time, so another vote on the 2018/19 contract will be coming this year.

In unity, 
Your PFF Negotiations Team: Jenny Fererro, Teresa Laughlin, Colleen Bixler, and Barbara Baer

March 8th Meeting to Outline Next Steps in Janus

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 case.  With a conservative majority in the court, it is widely expected that a narrow majority will rule this spring to overturn decades of precedent and eliminate the ability of public sector unions to collect fair share, or agency fees.

While promoted as a case about the First Amendment rights of employees, the Janus case is a straightforward attempt by deep-pocketed interests to limit the voice of educators and other public sector workers, with the ultimate goal of threatening our ability to advocate for the pay, benefits, and working conditions that we need to get our important work done.

In our local, we have accomplished much because we have stuck together.  Just look at the gains in our 2017-18 contract that members vote on this week!  Now much of what we have won is at risk.

But we know this isn't just about our pay and benefits.  We also know that the best way to protect our students and our schools is to stand together to raise standards for our profession and to ensure our schools and vital public services have the resources they need.  And we are not going to back down in our efforts to defend our professions and our schools, regardless of what the Supreme Court decides in the Janus case.

Thanks to all of you who have supported PFF.  If you've been meaning to join, please complete the online commitment form (and we'll follow up to get your inked signature) https://leadernet.aft.org/webform/palomar-faculty-federation-application-membership 

We encourage Palomar faculty to join us at the upcoming meeting on Thursday, March 8, from 4:30-6p at the off-campus office (370 Mulberry Dr., # E, San Marcos 92069).  Join your fellow faculty at this important meeting, where we will outline our next steps to ensure that we stand together for our jobs and our schools.