12-month faculty contract without full pay? Say it ain’t so.

The following document is making the rounds at SAC: 12-month faculty contract transition

What starts out as a recommendation for “equitable salary alignment” quickly becomes a scenario of extreme concern to all faculty. The last paragraph suggests a mandate which forces counseling, nursing faculty and yet-to-be-identified other full-time faculty to choose between (a) working both summer sessions for 130% of adjunct pay or (b) losing their jobs.

3. By the end of the 2014 Fall term, the faculty member will also indicate commitment to the 12-month employment need.  If the faculty member chooses not to commit to 12-month employment beginning in Fall 2015, the faculty member may choose to teach a partial load at 130% of the effective Adjunct Faculty rate in Summer 2015 and will be acknowledging he/she will no longer be in a faculty position beginning in Fall 2015.

The Board’s compensation decision for summer pay rate at 130% of adjunct (instead of pro rata) was because summer work was NOT mandatory. Summer teaching contracts are voluntary extra work and pay. Salary increases to the 9-month contract helped make up some of the summer shortfall, but not all of it. With the 130% of adjunct pay policy instituted for the summer months, District expected the same amount of work from faculty in the summer with less pay. Naturally, more full-time faculty have been declining this summer contract option. So this is their solution to filling the need for full-time faculty in those summer contracts: offer them a deal they can’t refuse. Take the 12 month contract or else you don’t teach here anymore.

Also of interest: Last year our now ex-President Dr. Zeigler attempted to turn counselors into 12-month faculty with pro-rata pay. That deal fell through. And now this pops up to take it’s place. Just to be clear, this memo specifically mentions counseling and nursing faculty but what will stop each college from identifying a 12-month “need” in other departments?

SAC Faculty Senate, SAC AAUP and ACCD Faculty Legal Action Association are all seeking more clarification on the issues raised in this memo.

If you have information about this or any other District initiative, please contact us at sacaaup@gmail.com. As we start another school year, let us remain vigilant in keeping “community” in our community colleges.

A Win for Free Speech

From Inside Higher Ed:

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a community college employee who testified about an Alabama legislator’s no-show job had First Amendment protection when he did so. The ruling allows the employee — whose job was subsequently eliminated — to pursue a claim that he lost his position in retaliation for his testimony.

Justice Sotomayor’s decision, however, said that Garcetti should not apply in a case where the speech directly relates to matters of public concern and the duties of a citizen. “[P]ublic employees do not renounce their citizenship when they accept employment,” she wrote. “Truthful testimony under oath by a public employee outside the scope of his ordinary job duties is speech as a citizen for First Amendment purposes. That is so even when the testimony relates to his public employment or concerns information learned during that employment.”

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/06/20/supreme-court-says-first-amendment-protects-truthful-speech-community-college#ixzz35D5sBqSG
Inside Higher Ed

News from Kingsbery campaign in District 8

Important UPDATE on early voting and election day info:

  • Early voting starts June 9th
  • Election day is June 21st

From Clint Kingsbery, posted on his Facebook page May 23:

Finally some news worth sharing. The election was canvassed on Monday, May 19th and the results were finalized. I ended up with 45% of the vote, defeating my closest opponent by over 13%.

The ballot position drawing followed this and as luck would have it, I am first position on the ballot. As this is the only race happening, this could be beneficial.

On Wednesday, I met with a number of supporters and we worked out a plan. I was also informed via email that the election date of June 14th was incorrect and would be pushed to the 21st. That means early voting begins June 9th through the 17th, except for that Sunday.

Steve Gonzales has officially endorsed my campaign and I’m very glad that he has. He and I had similar messages overall and I feel his endorsement will bring additional support.

We have also planned for a fundraiser on June 5th (Thursday). Details of which will be posted in the near future, but try to keep your calendar open if you can.

As always, I appreciate your support and look forward to serving you and the community in the near future. We can win this and bring back the greatness of the Alamo Community Colleges.


Want to help Kingsbery beat incumbent Gary Beitzel in the District 8 runoff? Please contact Kingsbery via his Facebook page or campaign website for info on fundraising, canvassing, and working the polls.