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 newest edition of The Peralta Teacher is now available! Click the picture below to see the full issue.

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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

Greetings Members,

The PFT office had a pipe burst in the ceiling over the weekend and there has been extensive damage. Staff is working with the Landlord, insurers, and the cleanup crew to get us back in shape. We will be closed until further notice. You may still reach our voice mail at (510) 763-8820. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In Unity,

PFT Staff

On Nov. 10, PFT Executive Council Member and Part-time Representative Cynthia Mahabir and Laney College political scientist Craig Flanery discussed the challenges facing part-time faculty in higher education on the KALW call-in program City Visions. The lively conversation echoed many of the sentiments that faculty members feel but may not be able to voice. Just in case you missed it, you can catch up here to listen to the show in its entirety.


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These are not particularly good times for faculty working in Peralta, and they’re even worse for faculty working at Laney. Over the past several weeks, emails have been sent and rumors continue to fly regarding Laney College’s decision not to rehire Cynthia Mahabir and two other part-time faculty members, including 11-year Laney Math Department vet Matthew Hubbard. Unfortunately, much of what has been written and repeated is misleading, incorrect, and/or inaccurate. Also, unfortunately, as you will read in detail below, these incidents grew out of the charged atmosphere at Laney College.

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PFT believes in the integrity of its contract. Besides the situation presented by the recent grievance over part-time faculty rehire rights, several other issues have arisen at Laney during the last couple of years that suggest the district is not as committed as it needs to be in complying with the contract and the Education Code.

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  • Congratulations to Peralta's Cynthia Mahabir for being named Part-Time Faculty Member of the Year by ,
  • RT : happy to hear PFT got the part-time teachers their jobs back treated badly by Laney. Congrats to the unsung heroes of cc teaching!,