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.

6 comments

  1. If you go to the fed labor board site you should find enough that this is flat illegal. That cannot pay X for each of the original 9 months then much less for the other 3. It is time for the faculty to dig our heels in on all 5 colleges.

      1. You are so right. I think all faculty that this involves should just walk out! It not only affects nursing but also all Allied Health Programs that currently has a year round program. Many are at St. Philip’s College also. The crazy thing about this is that they are all ready on a 12 month contract, so why change now and after the faculty returned to work on 16 August to be notified on 20 August that they are now on a 9mth contract with compensation paid out over 12 months! And by the way, they must work during the summer. The bottom line is that ACCD wants them to work the same amount of hours they did last year but for less money! Sounds like the changing of the contracts was illegal, looks like a good case for a class action lawsuit! When there isn’t any faculty left then the students can follow suit and sue for not being able to complete their education as promised when they initially enrolled in their perspective program. Then again, ACCD believes that they can change the faculty contract so why not continue to operate unethically and not have experienced quality faculty present to teach those currently enrolled! Sounds administration at ACCD is dysfunctional! What since does it make to transition into a 12 months contract when it is already present! You want the faculty to bring home half of their paycheck monthly (many may become bankrupt) and they have to work in the summer, no option!

  2. You are so right. I think all faculty that this involves should just walk out! It not only affects nursing but also all Allied Health Programs that currently has a year round program. Many are at St. Philip’s College also. The crazy thing about this is that they are all ready on a 12 month contract, so why change now and after the faculty returned to work on 16 August to be notified on 20 August that they are now on a 9mth contract with compensation paid out over 12 months! And by the way, they must work during the summer. The bottom line is that ACCD wants them to work the same amount of hours they did last year but for less money! Sounds like the changing of the contracts was illegal, looks like a good case for a class action lawsuit! When there isn’t any faculty left then the students can follow suit and sue for not being able to complete their education as promised when they initially enrolled in their perspective program. Then again, ACCD believes that they can change the faculty contract so why not continue to operate unethically and not have experienced quality faculty present to teach those currently enrolled! Sounds administration at ACCD is dysfunctional! What since does it make to transition into a 12 months contract when it is already present! You want the faculty to bring home half of their paycheck monthly (many may become bankrupt) and they have to work in the summer, no option!

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