Faculty Focus Newsletter – May 2016

Check out the latest Faculty Focus Newsletter – May 2016: Faculty Association Newsletter for May 2016

  • Negotiations Update
  • New Pay Provisions Coming for 2016
  • Professional Responsibilities for Part-Time Faculty
  • Pay Checks, Upcoming changes
  • What is CAH Rate

New Pay Provisions 2016

As part of the contract ratified last fall, several provisions regarding our compensation rates are due to be implemented in 2016: New Pay Provisions 2016

Introducing the SDI option for part time faculty

With our new contract, part time faculty will have the option of selecting as a group to participate in SDI. An election to determine whether we will join will take place by the end of the spring 2016 semester. To find this provision in our contract, look at Article 18X.
Public agencies including school districts are not required to provide SDI coverage, but a law passed in 2009 allows part time faculty to vote to participate as a group in the SDI program. Our new contract will allow us to decide whether to take advantage of the availability of SDI coverage.

California State Disability Insurance (SDI) provides partial wage replacement. SDI has two programs: disability insurance and paid family leave insurance.

For disability coverage, SDI provides up to 52 weeks of partial wage replacement at 55% of wages. There are conditions that need to be met for this eligibility. More details on eligibility and benefits can be found here:   http://www.faccc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/state_disability_insurance.pdf and here: http://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/About_the_State_Disability_Insurance_(SDI)_Program.htm

For paid family leave, SDI provides a total of six work weeks per year at 55% of wages. Members are eligible for coverage based on a variety of family situations, including birth and care of a newborn, adoption, and care for a member of one’s immediate family with a serious medical condition.  One important point to keep in mind is that the unit member needs to be either employed or collecting unemployment insurance at the time he or she applies for state disability. The application is done through the California Employment Development Department. http://www.edd.ca.gov/disability/Filing_for_State_Disability_Insurance_(SDI)_Benefits.htm

SDI is funded by member contributions. The contribution rate is determined by the state. For 2016, that rate is .9% of wages up to a limit of $106,742. The maximum weekly benefit is $1104.

Please think about whether you are in favor of joining this program. A vote will take place later this semester. If you have questions, please contact your part time representative. At Chabot, that’s Zac Walsh at zwalsh@chabotcollege.edu. At Las Positas, that’s Vicky Austin at vaustin@laspositascollege.edu.

Office Election Results…

The following FA officers were elected for 2016 – 2018:

Charlotte Lofft President
Dave Fouquet, Chabot VP
LaVaughn Hart, LPC VP
Doris Handan, Chabot Membership
Heike Gecox, LPC Membership
Zac Walsh, Chabot PT Rep.
Victoria Austin PT Rep.
Tom deWit, Chabot At Large
Thomas Orf, LPC At Large

Faculty Focus Newsletter – November 2015

Check out the latest Faculty Focus Newsletter – November 2015: Faculty Association Newsletter for November 2015

  • Faculty Raise
  • Attention: Part-time Faculty: Placement In Retirement System
  • SDI Option for Part Tiime Faculty
  • Is Your Part Time Faculty Paycheck Correct?

Faculty Hiring Event, Adjunct Faculty Recruitment Event…

Join us for two faculty hiring events: Saturday, November 14 at Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore, CA 94551

What You Need to Know to Secure a Full-Time Tenure-Track Position” will take place from 1-3 PM in Room 2420. It will consist of a diverse panel of faculty to discuss the application & hiring process and will feature President Barry Russell who will discuss tips & strategies concerning the second interview. We will also make some time for Q&A at the end of the session. While similar in spirit to our 2014 event, there will be new information presented here, so you may want to attend even if you came to it last year.

The “Adjunct Faculty Recruitment Event” will take place from 3-5 PM in the main foyer just outside of Room 2420 and will feature participation from the College President, Vice President of Academic Services, Division Deans, and some discipline faculty. This event is intended for faculty interested in working at Las Positas College in a part-time (adjunct) capacity. Please bring a copy of a current resume with you if you intend on going to this event.

If you intend on attending either event, please RSVP at https://goo.gl/K979ar. Make sure to fill out ALL fields in the spreadsheet, including the ones that specify which event(s) you will be attending.

Flyer: Event Flyer

Part-time Seniority Lists…

Updated Part-time seniority lists for Chabot Faculty, Chabot Counselors & Librarians, LPC Faculty, LPC Counselors & Librarians. See the Part-Time Faculty tab.