Some of you may know Mark Miller from Allan Hancock. A great guy and an amazing faculty leader. I had a chance to meet Mark some years ago when he invited me to come to Hancock to add my CFT voice to the part-timers’ movement who wanted to form a union separate from the full-timers’ union since they were getting nothing from their full-time counterpart. And, form a separate union they did. This union, Local 6185, has made enormous strides in part-time rights since then. It is due in large part to Mark’s leadership. But, it was also due to the part-timers’ building fury that finally caused them to take this courageous step.
I venture to say that this union has been more successful in bargaining over these years than the full-time faculty union at Hancock.
Read the excerpt from Mark’s article from February of this year below. If nothing else, read this:
The part-time union just won “an 8 percent across-the-board increase in pay
for all members of the bargaining unit over the next two years.”
By Mark James Miller
Noozhawk, Santa Barbara
“On Feb. 3, the Part-Time Faculty Association of Allan Hancock College, California Federation of Teachers Local 6185 and representatives of the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District signed a three-year collective bargaining agreement.
Some of the highlights of the new agreement include:
» An 8 percent across-the-board increase in pay for all members of the bargaining unit over the next two years.
» An additional 20 percent increase in pay for part-time counselors, librarians and nurses.
» A 50 percent increase in office hours for credit faculty, starting in the fall of 2015.
» A 25 percent increase in professional development opportunities for all part-time academic employees.
» Beginning this fall, all part-time head coaches will receive the same stipend for their work as full-time head coaches.
» Free parking for all bargaining unit members — already in effect since fall 2014 — is now officially part of the collective bargaining agreement. (In the past, part-time academic employees had to pay to park on any of the Hancock campuses.)
There is more but the essence is that this new agreement represents a significant improvement in the lives of the part-time academic employees at Hancock College (the Part-Time Faculty Association represents not only adjunct faculty at Hancock but also the part-time counselors, librarians, nurses, coaches — all part-time academic employees, more than 500 in total).”