The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees holds its first meeting of 2013 tonight at seven in the boardroom at 333 E. EighthSt. The agenda features a truckload of new board policies, 33 in all, as the district hustles to meet spring ACCJC deadlines.


*Nomination forms for the 2013 CFT convention, set for March 15-17 in Sacramento, have been distributed to campus mailboxes. Dues-paying PFT members are encouraged to nominate colleagues and themselves to participate in our parent union’s lively annual gathering. Formal voting will follow nominations, which close Wed., Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. Please see the nomination form for full details.

*Negotiations between PFT and the district continue this term, with fee-based instruction, counseling assignments, and, of course, benefits and wages figuring prominently. Also up for discussion between the union and the PCCD: a host of new administrative procedures and board policies. Look for frequent updates throughout the spring.

*The PFT Executive Council convenes for its first meeting of the New Year Th., Jan. 31, 3-5 p.m., at the union offices (500 E. Eighth. St., Ste. B, Oakland). All faculty members are welcome to attend. The EC will return to its regular first-and-third Thursday schedule starting Feb. 21.

And save the dates: PFT’s first general membership meeting of 2013, the third of the school year, is on for Th., Feb. 28, 12:15-1:30 p.m. at BCC. Constitutional amendments, spring elections, and ongoing contract talks will top the agenda. The final GMM of 2012-13 is set for Th., April 25, 3-5 p.m., at Laney. Stay tuned for details about the GMMs and lunchtime chapter meetings on your campus.

*Improvements to PFT’s website,, continue. Union staff has been working overtime to get the site functioning properly. PFT understands faculty frustration with the downtime and is trying hard to get things fixed. Bear with us!

In solidarity,

Matthew M. Goldstein, President

Peralta Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1603, 510.763.8820


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