Required? No way

Posted: May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized


We all received an email from management today telling us that DE faculty are now required to “include all the components of the DE syllabus template within their DE syllabus, effective Fall 2015.”  This template, created by the DE committee, was endorsed by the Academic Senate Council on May 15.

This looks like an ambitious template.  But, per statute, faculty aren’t even required to have a written syllabus, much less one that is standardized.  And, Article 3 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), “Academic Freedom and Intellectual Property,” further enforces the rights of faculty to teach as they see fit within the parameters of this article.

While the Senate may encourage faculty to use a particular template, it has no authority over what faculty do and cannot require this action; neither can the district for that matter. Further, the CBA, by law, trumps Senate decisions and Board Policy.

Our rights as faculty have been seriously eroding over the last few years.  Please do not think you are bound by this directive.  You are not.  Feel free to contact WWL with any questions. Stay strong.

(Update: you might want to check out additional information on this in the comments section)

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Posted: April 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

The former CCFT Treasurer hopes her reply to the current union treasurer’s unfounded claims will put an end to this ridiculous matter. Marsha kept impeccable records, and I believe in her.  WWL supports her candor (and, humor).

From: Marsha Robinson
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 5:22 PM
To: Mark Tomes
Cc: June Beck; PT-Faculty; FT-Faculty
Subject: RE: Re-joining CCFT

Hello Mark and any others who may be interested in or participating in this “Housewives of Cuesta College” drama.  There is no way this debate can be resolved.  I turned over all the Union treasury paperwork to Mark five years ago.  I have no idea how much of that paperwork was given to the auditor.  I do know that the new board at that time paid thousands of dollars to conduct a witchhunt which turned up a possible – alleged – inadvertent – $180. error. I will be sending my check for $180.00 to the union since I am the Treasurer who may or may not have been responsible.  Can we please stop beating this dead horse and get on with the business of education. Sincerely, Marsha Robinson

This email chain of the last few days is plain silly.  Some of us are hoping to work toward improving our situation.  Personal attacks on campus email are childish and unproductive.

Do I or does another faculty member have a right to write a public response to a union president’s or other officers’ public message?  Of course. They are in office, and many of us know that there’s never been a shortage of criticizing union leadership.  They have to be able to take the heat.

It’s a different story when rank and file faculty are blasted.  Like, me.

And, then a faculty member reports me to HR??  Come on, colleagues, we can do better than that.

This bullying needs to stop.  Enough.  Join us who want to fight for productive change for part-timers and full-timers. The furor is palpable.  The time is now.

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how Cuesta salaries compare to other districts.  Let me add another district to the mix: Santa Maria Joint Union High School.  I encourage you to click on the Righetti Salary Schedule link provided below.

This was sent to me by a Cuesta full-time faculty member who has a spouse working at Righetti High School.  This Cuesta instructor is at Step 22 and is making $78,000 a year.  His spouse (without a master’s degree) is at Step 19 and making $93,626. Their union is considering another 5-6% salary increase this year.  If that happens, this Cuesta instructor’s high-school-teaching spouse will be making a cool $20,000 more than the Cuesta faculty member.

And, you’ve probably all seen the great strides that San Luis Coastal and Lucia Mar made just recently.  My hat is off to them–especially to Lucia Mar who got the strike vote from their members and was ready to walk. They talked, and management listened.  That’s what happens when you don’t have a management-dominated union.

Righetti Salary Schedule