Last week, members of the YFA negotiations team attended the Fall conference of the CCCI, California Community College Independents. This week’s “In The Know” gives a quick update on what we gathered at the CCCI conference:
YFA, along with 12 other independent community college unions, belong to CCCI. This is why: our membership monies stay local. CCCI focuses on sponsoring legislation that benefits faculty and improves our due process rights. They also played a big part in achieving accreditation reform. CCCI focuses 100% on community college faculty, supports local unions and fights for educators! YFA benefits from being a part of this successful organization.
Here are some takeaways from the conference:
Minors in the Classroom, Mandated Reporting. Reminder: If you are teaching a college course at a K-12 location, you are a mandatory reporter while you are on that campus. Also be aware that there may be minors in your current classes on our campuses.
Sexual Harassment Training. Legislation has been passed which requires YCCD to deliver mandatory Sexual Harassment Training to all faculty by 1/1/2021. Once complete, faculty will be required to repeat the training once every two years.
AB 706. Signed into law. Removes the three-year limit within which an academic employee of a community college district must transfer unused sick leave to another employer.
AB 463. Signed into law. Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Community colleges will now be required to annually provide a faculty member, who is enrolled in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, with notice of renewal and a copy of the required annual employment certification form with the employer portion of the form already completed.
AB 1051 Signed into law. Temporary Clinical Nursing faculty. Governor Newsom signed this bill to take effect on January 1, 2020 and authorizes the employment of part-time nursing faculty by any one community college district for up to 4 semesters or 6 quarters indefinitely.
PERB Ruling expanded Union Use of Email. PERB held that employees have the right to use employer e-mail systems for union activities on non-working time.
YFA and the District have our first negotiations session of the year tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 25).
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