It’s getting interesting

Posted: August 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

I encourage you to read the multiple comments on “Editorial: Enough.”  Thanks to you who have written in. The rest of you are encouraged to share your experiences.

We’ll most likely have some news for you on Friday afternoon.

Editorial: Enough

Posted: August 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

Does anyone care that CCFT has not posted Executive Board minutes on its website for over 6 months (since February 19, 2015)?  Or, that it has not posted Council of Reps minutes for 7 months (January 29, 2015)?

Does anyone care that the union has just gone into negotiations with the district and was prepared to do away with (that’s called a “take back”) a long-standing faculty agreement WITHOUT EVEN CONTACTING THE AFFECTED DEPARTMENT FIRST?

Does anyone care that the union president is a shill for management and praises the HR director at the expense of helping faculty?

Does anyone care that their union dues and fair share fees are providing no protection in grievances and in bargaining?

Do you care?  If you do, you need to come out of the shadows and use your time to take action to replace this faculty union and not solely come to me to ask for help. Even as I teach 20 units and was studying for the Bar, I have enjoyed volunteering my time for the past seven years in helping faculty with grievances, mediations, answering questions, going to meetings with you, helping you write letters to the union and management, being a shoulder to cry on, and spending hours on the phone, in text, and on emails. But, that does not fix the fundamental problem.  You voted me out of office because you decided you wanted a management-dominated union.  So, why do you keep coming back to me?  I am willing to keep helping you even though family, friends, and colleagues have told me that I should stop.  Apparently, I can’t stop when injustice reigns.

So, I will keep helping you.  But, you need to do something as well.  You need to educate, agitate, and organize to remove this union.  If you want to ask me for suggestions on how to do that, I will help you with that as well.

It’s a two-way street.  Takers must also be givers.  So, start giving.

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Presidential Endorsement

Posted: August 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

You may have read recently about AFT’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton.  (There is more to write on this, but we are still on summer break.)  :)

This endorsement was an exceedingly disappointing–and premature–move.  Sources say that Randi Weingarten, president of AFT, was promised a position in Clinton’s cabinet if AFT endorsed Clinton and she won.

If so, what I have been seeing in recent years and been so very disappointed in, has come true.  AFT should get its house in order. It is becoming The Man that we have supposedly been fighting against.  To support a corporatist, such as Clinton is, without even waiting to see what develops in the Bernie Sanders’ campaign, or even in a possible Joe Biden campaign, is self-serving and irresponsible. Earlier this week, Sanders drew an astonishing 28,000 to an appearance in Portland, OR, and today had 27,500 show up to his rally in LA.  These are numbers Clinton can only dream about.

Take a look at the below donor lists, and see the unions supporting Bernie. One of them is the National Education Association–the NEA, parent of California’s CTA, both affiliates always said to be much less progressive than AFT.  To not have our national affiliate, AFT, on the Bernie list is disheartening to say the least.

Think Independent (and, no, that’s not a grammatical error).

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SLO Tribune story this evening:

“Stork told the board that he erred in using official letterhead but did not intend to retract the letter unless directed by the board to do so.”

 

WWL urges faculty to add their voices in opposition to district support for this project.  Send a letter to the Board at board@cuesta.edu.  In the words of Arroyo Grande resident, Al Brill, in a letter to Board president, Pat Mullen, “A community college should be supportive of the welfare of the entire community, not just a corporation that makes donations.”

Letters by College President and Athletic Director in Support of the Phillips 66 Rail Project

These letters were written quite some time ago by two employees of Cuesta, yet they were written on stationery with the Cuesta College logo attached.  Official stationery should only be used for official business, i.e., in this case, a district-supported position.  Did the Board of Trustees officially support this project?  If the BOT did not vote to support the project, why are these letters written on Cuesta letterhead, making it appear as if they state an official district position?  If the BOT did vote in support, was there transparency and discussion on this important issue?

Was I the only one who missed this?

Someone will be speaking to this matter at today’s BOT meeting.

Required? No way

Posted: May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

Faculty,

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)

Happy Summer.