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

Three dozen faculty members turned out at the April 28 meeting of the PCCD Board of Trustees to call for quick settlement of the contract and fair compensation for full- and part-timers alike.



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All dues-paying PFT members in good-standing are eligible to be elected to serve on the Executive Council.  Members may nominate themselves or other members of the union for positions on the Executive Council. Please make sure your nominee is a dues-paying member of the union in good-standing and willing to run.

Members of the Executive Council have the overall responsibility of decision-making for the PFT.  Elected members of the Council include the Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer), the Campus Chairs (two from each college campus), and the Committee Chairs; Career and Technical Education Representative (CTE), Part-Timer Representative, and Diversity Representative. Each Council member is required to attend PFT Executive Council Meetings, which are generally on the first and third Thursday of each month in regular session (though extra or emergency meetings are sometimes called).

Officers have a variety of duties: the President makes staffing decisions and runs the PFT office, assigns tasks to the Officers and the Grievance Officer, assigns the Negotiations Team, and conducts the Council Meetings, as well as representing the Union on local, state, and national levels; the Vice President assists in all of these duties; the Secretary has the responsibility of overseeing meeting minutes, file maintenance, and membership rolls; and the Treasurer has the responsibility of overseeing the financial activities of the Union.

Aside from attending Council meeting, Campus and Committee Chairs are encouraged, but not required, to hold Chapter Meetings for their campuses or represented populations; Campus and Committee Chairs often are the first contact for faculty on the campus. They frequently serve on hiring and screening committees, and occasionally handle grievances.  Campus Chairs can be either part-time or full-time, but should be on campus for most of their assignment; the Career and Technical Education Representative must be a CTE faculty member, and the Part-Timer Representative must be a part-time non-contract faculty member. Also, when it is time to vote on the nominees (in the election), only Part-Time faculty members will be allowed to vote for the Part-Timer Representative position and only CTE faculty will be allowed to vote for the CTE Chair Position.

Please be certain that your nominees wish to run for these positions.  Please also be certain that your nominees are PFT members in good-standing and qualified for the positions. Be absolutely sure to sign this nomination form, as unsigned nomination forms will be disregarded.



Click here to download a nomination form


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.


*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 if you have concerns about your paycheck.


Matthew M. Goldstein, President

Peralta Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1603, 510.763.8820


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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


*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 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 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 if you have concerns about your paycheck.


Matthew M. Goldstein, President

Peralta Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1603

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