Justice Scalia passed away February 19. Because of Scalia’s passing three things could happen in the Friedrichs case:
- The Court is divided 4 to 4 and the case goes to the lower court decision which would be in our favor.
- Obama makes a new appointment and could very well go in our favor.
- The new President makes the new appointment.
However, according to Jeff Frietas, Secretary-Treasurer CFT, “If Justice Scalia was part of a five-Justice majority in a case – for example, the Friedrichs case, in which the Court was expected to limit mandatory union contributions – the Court is now divided four to four. In those cases, there is no majority for a decision and the lower court’s ruling stands, as if the Supreme Court had never heard the case. Because it is very unlikely that a replacement will be appointed this Term, we should expect to see a number of such cases in which the lower court’s decision is “affirmed by an equally divided Court.”
What is important is that we remain vigilant in organizing because the union-busting has not stopped. This is only a temporary “stay of execution” and we now have time to organize and be prepared for what could happen next. Also we need to be proactive in the next presidential race and help elect a President that believes in the middle class and the unions.
This is a very important report to read especially on page 9. “The task force therefore urges the Chancellor and the Board of Governors to seek other accrediting options that would provide the collaborative and credible approach to accreditation that the California Community Colleges require and deserve.” Click here for the report
Citrus College Adjuncts got a start on the Fall 2015 semester with a visit from Josh Pechthalt, President of California Federation of Teachers. Josh spoke on the importance of education and unionism.
Rogue agency ACCJC handed a serious setback by report
Today the California Community College Chancellor’s office released its long-awaited task force report on accreditation and the practices of the Accrediting Commission for Community Junior Colleges (ACCJC). Validating the view of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) that this rogue commission needs reform or replacement, the task force heavily criticized the way the commission does business, capped with a recommendation that California find a new accreditor.
“The ACCJC has lost its way,” said Joshua Pechthalt, CFT president. “We need a commission with the best interests of students, faculty and public higher education at the center of its work. The ACCJC has other priorities. It forces colleges to waste faculty and staff time and taxpayer money on bureaucratic minutia irrelevant to the classroom. It makes reckless and ill-informed decisions behind closed doors that harm the lives of thousands of Californians. And in the process, it is unconcerned if it is breaking the law. This report sharply underscores that accreditation is too important to be left in the hands of ACCJC.”
The report, compiled by a blue-ribbon panel of California community college experts, including college presidents, administrators, elected trustees, and faculty, found that:
The ACCJC’s level of sanctions imposed on colleges was “inordinately high”
compared with other regional accreditors
The “California Community College system and its member institutions have lost
confidence in the ACCJC”
The colleges and the system need to transition to another accreditor.
Background Two years ago, the CFT filed a complaint with the US Department of Education regarding ACCJC’s failure to comply with multiple accreditor standards. The department issued a letter detailing the ACCJC’s lack of compliance with fifteen accreditation
standards required for continued recognition as an accreditor. This opened the door toincreasing scrutiny of the agency:
The San Francisco City Attorney filed a suit against ACCJC that resulted earlier this year in a state Superior Court ruling that the agency broke four laws in its illconsidered decision to shutter City College of San Francisco.
A report issued by California’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee in June of last year harshly criticized the agency for its CCSF decision, for its absurd levels of secrecy, for its disproportionate rate of sanctions compared to other accrediting
agencies, and uneven treatment of the colleges it oversees.
Earlier this year, the State Community College Board of Governors opened the door to a new accreditor, removing language from Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations that had given the ACCJC sole authority over accreditation of the
state’s community colleges.
Legislators, too, have come to recognize the level of problems generated by the agency. A bill sponsored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-SF), AB 1397, to make the ACCJC more transparent and accountable is now on the state senate floor, the last hurdle before it moves to the governor for a signature. “The members of the task force recognize that the ACCJC has ignored or dismissed similar reports in the past, and expect a similar reaction this time,” said Joanne Waddell, faculty union president at the Los Angeles Community College District, and a task force member. “The difference now is that more people are aware of the problematic nature of the agency, and the specific recommendation that the agency be replaced as accreditor in California underscores the urgency of the matter. We hope this report helps legislators and policymakers to take appropriate steps.”
The CFT represents over 25,000 faculty in thirty community college districts, and 120,000 educational employees at every level of the education system, from Head Start to UC. More info: www.cft.org
See the new 3 minute video “Robert Reich on why CA should close a dangerous corporate tax loophole”. Click here
See the video “Union Fair Share Fees Explained” Click here
The Citrus College Adjunct Faculty Federation (CCAFF), AFT, Local 6352, is a labor union representing adjunct faculty members of Citrus Community College District who serve approximately 12,000 students.The Federation is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Labor Federation and the AFL-CIO
The California Community Colleges Registry is a large scale database containing the names, qualifications and desired position(s) of potential California Community College (CCC) faculty, support staff and management job applicants. The database is utilized by the 72 CCC Human Resources offices, representing the 109 California Community Colleges. This web site provides a number of services for individuals seeking employment as a faculty, support staff or manager at a California Community College. Currently, there are 1155 open jobs in the CCC Registry
Job opening at Citrus — click this link
If you have not been given an assignment (or your assignments have been much reduced during the coming months), you have a right to apply for unemployment insurance benefits. The state budget crisis has resulted in colleges, (including Citrus College), cutting class sections. Part-time faculty who lose some or all of their assignments may be eligible to collect unemployment benefits. You can apply online at www.edd.ca.gov or by phone at (800) 300-5616. Our recommendation is that you don’t bother with phone applications. The numbers of unemployed seeking benefits is extremely high, clogging the phone line and making your successful contact improbable.
Adjuncts are considered “temporary” employees who work without contracts and are not guaranteed continued employment. If you are not offered an assignment or if your workload is reduced, you can file for unemployment benefits. The EDD will determine whether you qualify. Continue reading