Documents the growth of part-time (adjunct, contingent, associate, non-tenure track) faculty in America’s colleges and universities, and the circumstances under which they work and contribute to the their students, our economy, and our society. ​
Part-time faculty currently make up the majority of the faculty, instruct the majority of the courses, and the majority of the students at America’s higher education institutions. 
Part-time faculty are paid significantly less than full-time (tenured, or tenure-track) faculty, generally do not have access to health insurance, do not participate in college governance, do not have access to the academic protection of tenure, and can be denied employment for any, or no, reason. 
This film is the story of the unknown outsiders of higher education, and the prospects for change. 


PCCD Chancellor, Jowel Laguerre, Freeway Fliers Filmaker, Bradley L. Rettele, & PFT President, Ed Jaramillo

PFT had previously opened nominations to fill a vacancy for a campus co-chair representative at Merritt College. We didn’t receive any nominations before the deadline period for this position.

We are extending the deadline to November 9. PFT is encouraging any member interested in serving to submit a nomination form.


Merritt Campus Co-Chair & College of Alameda Campus Co-Chair

For the term of date of election through June 30, 2017

Peralta Federation of Teachers is announcing a special election and call for nominations for open seats on the Executive Council. Seats open for nominations are two campus co-chair positions; one representing Merritt and one representing CoA.  All PFT members in good-standing are eligible to be elected to serve on the Executive Council.  Members may nominate themselves (self-nominations are encouraged) or other members of the union for positions on the Executive Council.  Please make sure your nominee is a member in good standing of the union and willing to run.

Elected members of the Executive Council have the overall responsibility of decision-making for the PFT.  Campus Chairs are the first contact for faculty on the campus, frequently serve on hiring and screening committees, and occasionally handle grievances. Campus Chairs are also encouraged to hold Chapter Meetings for their campuses or represented populations once a semester. Campus Chairs must be primarily working at the campus they represent.

Each Executive Council member is required to attend PFT Executive Council Meetings, which are generally on the first and third Thursday of each month from 3-5pm during the Academic Year (though extra or emergency meetings are sometimes called in the Summer).

Please be certain that your nominees wish to run for the position, have the time to do so, and verify their willingness to serve. Please only nominate the Campus Chair that would specifically be representing you.  You must sign this nomination form.  Unsigned nomination forms will be disregarded.




Nomination forms should be returned to the PFT office via US Mail at 500 East 8th St., Suite B, Oakland, CA 94606 or faxed, 510-763-1140. You may also use District mail, addressing the form to PFT, email to, or deliver by hand to the PFT Office or to any PFT Executive Council Member.

District Flex Day

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Odell Johnson Theater, Laney College

flex day

Dear Peralta Faculty:
The Peralta Federation of Teachers has received matching funds from its statewide affiliate, the California Federation of Teachers, to hire an organizer for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Under a new CFT program, the Strategic Campaign Initiative (SCI), PFT will work with an organizer to expand membership, increase participation in the union, develop the union’s communications database, and aid CFT with state-level campaigns. The organizer will report to the PFT president and the CFT SCI director.
The successful candidate will be a faculty member currently employed at Peralta who is
• an active member of both PFT and its COPE
• familiar with the four Peralta colleges and their faculty
• knowledgeable about the priorities and strategies of CFT
• a strong public speaker with good people skills
• experienced in organizing (e.g., signing up members, running phone banks, staffing tables, maintaining a data base, distributing literature, mobilizing members, etc.).

Email a brief cover letter and CV (MSW or PDF only) to PFT DB Coordinator/Communications Specialist Kayla Lewis at by Monday, July 27, at 3 p.m. PFT will screen qualified candidates and make a recommendation to CFT by the start of the fall term.
In solidarity,
Ed Jaramillo
President, Peralta Federation of Teachers
AFT Local 1603
500 E. Eighth St., Ste. B
Oakland, CA 94606-2825

PFT hopes that your summer’s off to a good start and that—whether you’re working, vacationing, or maybe doing a little of both—you’re managing to recharge the batteries between the long semesters. We’re sending out this brief communiqué to call faculty attention to a few items of interest:

*The district has begun issuing checks for the 3% retroactive pay raise PFT negotiated in the spring. Full-timers should have received checks/paystubs for their 2014-15 retro pay at the end of June, and the district has assured PFT that it would have retro checks to part-timers by summer’s end. An additional overall raise of 3% will appear on checks in 2015-16—that is, in the coming year faculty will see an improvement of more than 6% in their pay relative to 2014-15. The first contract paycheck of 15-16 comes at the end of August; the first part-time check is at the end of September.

*Checks for parity pay, a state effort to bring part-time wages closer to full-time wages, also went out at the end of June. PFT fought successfully for the restoration of parity pay in 2011 after a district effort to withhold it.

*Faculty serving on faculty hiring committees this summer may be eligible to receive a $500 stipend for their work, thanks to an agreement negotiated by PFT. Details are available on the PFT website.

*PFT is pleased to announce that Ed Jaramillo, late of the CoA Auto Tech Department, has begun his term as president of the faculty union. Ed brings decades of experience to the job, and he looks forward to getting to know faculty around the district. PFT is also happy to welcome Peralta’s new chancellor, Jowel Laguerre, who, like President Jaramillo, moved into his new office on July 1.

*A pair of sunglasses and a water bottle were left at PFT’s May contract-ratification meeting at Laney. Please contact the office at 510.763.8820 if you think they may be yours.

The union’s regular publications—the e-Communiqué, PCCD Board Watch, and the Peralta Teacher—will return in fall. Until then, follow PFT on Twitter at @PFT1603, and like us on Facebook, too.

Have a nice summer!

Ed Jaramillo

President, Peralta Federation of Teachers AFT Local 1603

500 E. Eight St., Suite B

Oakland CA 94606-2825

The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees holds its only May meeting tonight at seven in the boardroom at 333 E. Eighth St. Items up for trustee consideration include PFT’s tentative agreement (TA) with the district on contract reopeners, and the appointment of an interim VP of Student Services at CoA.

Four chancellor hopefuls addressed the public at a special May 11 forum at the DO; private board interviews are underway, but no decision is expected at tonight’s meeting. The finalists—Jeremy D. Brown, Portland Community College president; Andrew C. Jones, former Coast chancellor; Jowel C. Laguerre, Solano superintendent/president; and Elñora Webb, Laney president—are vying to take over from José M. Ortiz, who retires in June.

In other news:

*Approved by 93% of faculty members who cast ballots at the May 7 ratification meeting, PFT’s TA with the district would give faculty raises worth 3% overall for 2014-15, another 3% for 2015-16. The district would issue retro checks for 2014-15 this summer. Details of the TA are on the PFT website.

*Ballots for the election of PFT Executive Council members for 2015-17 must be received at the PFT offices by Thurs., May 14, at 4 p.m. To beat the deadline, it’s advisable at this late date to hand-deliver envelopes to the union offices at 500 E. Eighth St., Suite B, or to give them in person—and soon—to a current member of the Executive Council. Be sure to follow all ballot instructions carefully.

Matthew M. Goldstein, President

Peralta Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1603

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