Peralta faculty, students, and classified staff joined the district chancellor and a trustee—as well as leaders from surrounding community colleges—to listen to the stories of a deeply flawed accreditation process and to engage with two faculty members and a student from City College of San Francisco. Unfair accreditation is costing California’s community colleges dearly, we learned, and access to public education is under threat.

Thank you to Peralta TV for providing the video of the forum in its entirety.

The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees gets back to business tonight at seven in the boardroom at 333 E. Eighth St. Agenda items include consideration of the replacement of an administrative appointee to the chancellor-search committee with district payroll manager Fred O’Yang, a first reading of a fat stack of updated board policies, and miscellaneous bond-fund expenditures.

Elsewhere:

*Nine delegates represented PFT March 20-22 at the annual statewide convention of the California Federation of Teachers in Manhattan Beach. CFT President Josh Pechthalt cruised to re-election, as did Jim Mahler, president of the CFT’s Community College Council. Judges at the CFT Communications Awards named the Peralta Teacher, PFT’s hardcopy quarterly, the state’s premier six-page newsletter among large locals, and honored PFT with a Solidarity Award for its special fall 2014 publication Who Is Cynthia Mahabir?

 

*Save the date: PFT will hold its final general membership meeting of the school year Th., April 23, 3-5 p.m., in Room E 211 at Laney.

 

*PFT urges all faculty members to review their paystubs each month to make sure that they’re being paid properly, that all deductions are accurate, and that any changes to step or column placement are reflected. Please contact Anna Roy, PFT labor representative, at 510.763.8820 or anna.pft@gmail.com if you have concerns about your paycheck.

 

Matthew M. Goldstein, President

Peralta Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1603

 

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Tonight at seven the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees returns to the boardroom at 333 E. Eighth St. for a regularly scheduled meeting. Topping the agenda is the recognition of three faculty members granted tenure: Donald Moore and Bruce Lazarus, both of Laney, and Merritt’s Anthony Powell. Other notable items include Local 39’s public hearing to sunshine topics for upcoming contract talks, several Measure A and E expenditures, and the advancement of 69 probationary faculty members toward tenure.

In other news:

*Island faculty are encouraged to join CoA co-reps Ed Jaramillo and Bob Grill for a PFT chapter meeting, Wed., March 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in Room C 208. Get the latest on contract talks and bring comments, questions, and concerns. RSVP if you’d like lunch: 510-763-8820 or union@pft1603.org.

 

*Don’t miss Fair Accreditation and the Struggle at City College of San Francisco, an informational forum sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers, AFT 2121, and PFT, Tues., March 17, 3:30-5 p.m., Laney College, Room D 200. RSVP to union@pft1603.org or 510-763-8820. The event is free and open to the public.

 

*All Peralta employees are welcome to attend a Peralta Retirees Organization/PFT retirement workshop led by PRO board member/retired Laney math prof Bruce Jacobs, Wed., March 18, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Laney College, Room D 200. RSVP to union@pft1603.org or 510-763-8820 if you’d like lunch.

 

*In a unanimous March 6 decision, the PFT Executive Council appointed Helen Curry Laney College co-representative to fill out the term of Sonja Franeta, who is heading into retirement. Helen, a tenured member of the Cosmetology Department with a long history of engagement with the union, will work with co-rep Janell Hampton at the flagship. PFT thanks Helen for stepping up and looks forward to introducing her to Laney faculty in her new role.

 

*PFT urges all faculty members to review their paystubs each month to make sure that they’re being paid properly, that all deductions are accurate, and that any changes to step or column placement are reflected. Please contact Anna Roy, PFT labor representative, at 510.763.8820 or anna.pft@gmail.com if you have concerns about your paycheck.

 

Matthew M. Goldstein, President

Peralta Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1603

Tonight at seven in the boardroom at 333 E. Eighth St., the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees will hold its first meeting of 2015. Trustees will consider the appointment of an interim deputy chancellor; hear a presentation from Peralta’s federal legislative lobbyist, Akerman LLP; and entertain changes to the board meeting schedule for February.

In other news:

*PFT is pleased to announce that it has settled the grievance it filed last fall on behalf of two longtime part-time faculty members. After intensive late-December discussions with the district, PFT agreed to a resolution under which the district compensated the two faculty members for the fall classes they lost and reinstated them this term. As a condition of the settlement, the union has agreed to have its attorney meet with the district’s attorney to negotiate improvements to Article 30.H, the language covering the part-time rehire pool. PFT thanks everyone, full- and part-time alike, who stood up for fairness and the rights of all faculty.

*Forms for nominating delegates to the 2015 CFT Convention in Manhattan Beach will go into faculty mailboxes this week and are due Feb. 11 at the PFT offices. (The nominating form is also available on the PFT website.) Formal mail balloting will follow the nomination process, with 10 PFT members eligible for reimbursement of up to $600 for documented convention-related expenses.

Matthew M. Goldstein, President

Peralta Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1603

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The 73rd Annual Convention of the California Federation of Teachers, “Organize, Fight Back, Win the Future,” has been called for March 20-22 at the Manhattan Beach Marriott.  The Peralta Federation of Teachers can send as many as 25 delegates to this convention; in addition to the PFT president, the ten nominees who receive the most votes in the upcoming delegate election will be reimbursed up to $600 apiece for documented convention-related expenses (allocations have been made for five full-time and up to five part-time faculty members).

NOMINATIONS FOR THE DELEGATE ELECTION TO THE CFT CONVENTION ARE OPEN 

Nominations are due Wednesday, February 11

CLICK HERE FOR THE NOMINATION FORM

Dear PFT Member,

Happy New Year, and welcome to the spring term.

PFT is pleased to announce that it has reached a settlement in its part-time rehire grievance. After eleventh-hour discussions with the district, PFT agreed to a resolution under which the district will compensate the two faculty members for the fall classes they lost and reinstate them this term. As a condition of the settlement, the union has agreed to have its attorney meet with the district’s attorney to negotiate improvements to Article 30.H, the language covering the rehire pool.

The brave, vocal support of part- and full-timers for the rights of all faculty played a decisive role in securing this settlement. PFT thanks everyone who stood up for the contract and their fellow faculty members and looks forward to continuing to work together to improve the professional lives of the teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses—full- and part-time alike—who make up the very foundation of our colleges.

Have a good semester—we look forward to seeing you at upcoming chapter and general membership meetings!

Matthew Goldstein, President
Peralta Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1603
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The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees holds its final meeting of 2014 tonight at seven in the boardroom at 333 E. Eighth St. Julina Bonilla, newly elected Area 7 trustee, will be sworn in, as will board vets Bill Riley, who cruised to reelection in Area 5, and Linda Handy, who faced no opposition in Area 3 and didn’t appear on the ballot.

Trustees will also elect a new board president to replace Abel Guillén, who’s off to the Oakland City Council. PFT wishes President Guillén all the best at his new gig, and thanks him for his eight years of service at Peralta.

The board will also name a new CoA prez, consider appointments to the Citizens Bond and Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, and hear the district’s sunshine proposals for upcoming contract talks with Local 39, SEIU, and PFT.

Elsewhere:

*The PFT offices remain closed as contractors gut 500 E. Eighth St. and start top-to-bottom renovations. (Union HQ was flooded by a burst pipe in the fire-control system in mid-November.) PFT staff is currently working out of the Bay Area offices of its parent union, the California Federation of Teachers, at 1330 Broadway in downtown Oakland. To get in touch with PFT during construction, contact DB Coordinator/Communications Specialist Kayla Lewis at union@pft1603.org or 510.523.5238.

*PFT’s annual holiday party, which for years has brought together the whole Peralta community for seasonal cheer, has been canceled due to the flood. PFT will throw an office rewarming early next term once repairs have been completed—look for announcements after winter break.

*This afternoon San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow will hear closing arguments in The People of the State of California vs. the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against ACCJC to stop the commission’s disaccreditation order against City College of San Francisco. Disaccreditation would effectively shutter CCSF and cost 80,000 students access to affordable higher education. PFT will bring CCSF board members, faculty, and students to Peralta in early February for a panel discussion about the trial and the college’s battles with the ACCJC.

In solidarity,

Matthew M. Goldstein, President

Peralta Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1603

Dear Members,

Due to the current conditions at the office, the Executive Council meeting will be held tomorrow, November 20 from 3-5 at La Estrellita Restaurant 446 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94606. The agenda will set at the beginning of the meeting.

In Unity,

PFT Staff

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