October 2014

AFT 1521 and 1521A members outside the Board of Trustees meeting room on September 17 (l. to r.): Paulina Palomino, JLMBC Chair; Fernando Oleas, Pierce Chapter President; James McKeever, E Board delegate from Pierce; Armida Ornelas, Chief Negotiator; Grace Chee, EDD Ombudsperson; Joanne Waddell, President; and Ed Alvarado from East Los Angeles College.

Now It’s Time To Ratify!

Read On has some big news to share!

After a year-long process of planning and negotiating, Guild members will now have an opportunity to ratify the 2014-17 collective bargaining agreement. Getting to this point took a lot of work, most recently hammering out the details on benefits, which resulted in the extension of the HRAs for two years and an added dental premium contribution for adjunct faculty. Read more in this issue of Read On.

While the update on the Guild contract tops our list of news items, there are other topics of interest. In this edition we explain why all fee payers should sign membership cards, provide a list of Guild endorsements for the upcoming November 4 election, and offer an update on the crisis facing CCSF and its battle with the ACCJC.

Onward and upward, and of course, Read On!

Guild News

Breaking News: Tentative Agreement Reached on Benefits

Where’s my raise? It’s coming!

After months of negotiations that began in August, LACCD unions have reached a tentative agreement with the District on health benefits. The agreement has the following provisions...



Membership drive

Our union has been working hard this year in negotiations to gain a three-year salary increase (of 4.04% for this academic year), make improvements in our working conditions, and maintain our health benefits program. Guild leadership has been meeting regularly in consultation with our new chancellor to develop a good working relationship with District management. Our chapter presidents, grievance reps, professional staff, and officers have been doing their everyday jobs of protecting the rights of faculty.


ACCJC on the Defensive

Gov. Brown signs two bills, judge dismisses objections in advance of trial

A pair of bills signed recently by Governor Jerry Brown will help curtail the unwieldy power exercised by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), just as a lawsuit brought by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera against the ACCJC heads to trial.



 President's Message
It’s Time to Ratify!

Collective bargaining is the most important charge of our union, an obligation we take very seriously. Finally, after a year of planning and negotiating, Guild members will have the opportunity to ratify our 2014-17 collective bargaining agreement. Highlights include a 4.04% salary increase, an extension of the $1500 HRA for two years, and a modest addition to the benefits offered to adjunct faculty. After October 21, go to the Guild website at www.aft1521.org to read the changes to the bargaining agreement before voting for ratification.


 Adjunct Faculty News

The Adjunct Faculty Issues Committee (AFIC) hosted a successful adjunct faculty workshop at Mission College on Friday, September 19th. Attendees received information on successful strategies in the classroom as well as information about District health benefits and retirement plans. Special thanks to Mission College’s Chapter President Louise Barbato and AFIC representatives Jeanne Cassara and Nancy Smith for their hard work.



1521's Annual Retreat

Guild leaders gathered at Trade Tech in August for the Guild’s bi-annual retreat. The event gave union leaders a chance to set new goals, plan for the coming year, hear from our new chancellor, and celebrate 50 years of AFT affiliation.

Endorsements from the CFT, County Fed, and AFT Local 1521

These candidates have established a strong record of promoting public education in California. They are committed to increasing student success and funding for education at the state and national level. These candidates have also demonstrated a particular interest in career technical education and community colleges. The Guild urges you to support these candidates and spread the word! 


Summary of EBoard Motions

Motions Passed at the August 20, 2014

Executive Board Meeting Contributed to two grassroots organizations: $500 to the Alliance for California Community Empowerment (ACCE) and $500 to the Asian-Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation

Motions Passed at the July 15, 2014

Executive Board Meeting Honored those involved in Guild communications efforts, which resulted in the Guild winning nine AFT communications awards