Dear AFT Guild SDCCD Faculty Members,
I am pleased to report that 487 ballots were submitted out of 1693 eligible voters (29%) with 98.56% (480) voting in favor of our settlement, and 1.44% (7) voting against ratification.
The details of the agreement are reprinted below for your reference.
I truly thank all of you for your steadfast support of your Union and I wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a restful winter break!
The elements of this new compensation package, all effective January 1, 2023, include:
1) A 4.94% across the board salary increase to all Adjunct/Overload Salary Schedules.
2) A 4.45% across the board salary increase to the Tenured/Tenure-Track Salary Schedules. (see new salary schedules attached)
**After the applications of the above salary increases, our adjunct faculty salary schedule will be 98.46% on a pro-rata basis of the equivalent steps on the tenured/tenure-track salary schedule.**
3) Addition of 1.00% to Class 6, Step E of the Adjunct/Overload Salary Schedules. This will leave us with only one step remaining (future creation of a Step 6F) to create a parallel adjunct/overload salary schedule compared to the first seven steps of the tenured/tenure-track salary schedule.
4) A one-time, off-schedule payment equivalent to 5.41% of all gross wages earned during the period July 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022. This payment will be paid out on the March 31, 2023 and April 10, 2023 payroll cycles.
5) Faculty teaching a HyFlex assignment will be compensated 16 additional hours per assigned course at their non-classroom hourly rate of pay.
6) An increase in the number of ESUs paid to Head Coaches in all sports from 8 to 12 per fiscal year. An increase in the number of ESUs paid to Assistant Coaches in all sports from 4 to 6 per fiscal year.
7) Establishment of 12 ESUs per fiscal year for the Fashion Program at Mesa.
8) Increase in compensation for Work Experience Assignments from 5 to 8 hours for each completing student and from 3 to 4 hours for each student who begins the course but does not complete it.
9) Compensation of 5 hours of non-classroom pay for faculty who offer Honors Contracts up to a maximum of 10 hours of non-classroom pay per course section.
I would like to thank Executive Vice-Chancellor Bonnie Dowd, Vice-Chancellor Greg Smith, and Acting Employee Relations Director Rachel Wilker for their diligent efforts in finalizing all of these allocations and cost-outs in order that we could reach a final agreement.
I also want to recognize our AFT Guild negotiating team members whose contributions made all of these gains possible: Lee Blackmore, John Bromma, Lisa Chaddock, Elissa Claar, Jennifer Cost, Jane Cranston, Monica Demcho, Ian Duckles, Erin Evans, Olivia Flores, Marne Foster, Berta Harris, Darrel Harrison, Geoffery Johnson, Kelly Mayhew, Jim Miller, Dina Miyoshi, Kelly Morelewski, Pegah Motaleb, Kevin Petti, Reem Putrus, and Jessica Thompson
It is because of the support from all of our members that we were able to achieve these settlements. Unlike other workers who we see having to continue to go on strike to settle their contracts, we were able to reach a peaceful agreement without any type of strife or threat of job actions. These types of agreements are not reached by chance, they only happen by virtue of our continued strong Union presence and the good labor relations we enjoy with the District’s leadership team.
Please know that we will continue to commit our time, knowledge, and experience to improve our wages and maintain our access to affordable health care and respectable working conditions. I have no doubt we will continue to be successful with your continued support. If you are a newer employee or have not yet had a chance to join your union, you can do so by clicking here and completing the online membership form.
Please keep an eye out on your inbox for electronic ratification ballots which will be arriving soon from “Election Buddy.” I am pleased that we were able to provide these improvements to all of you and I look forward to our continued mutual success.
Jim Mahler, President
AFT Guild, Local 1931