We’re Looking for a few good wo/men

Help us sign up new members!

We are looking for union-friendly AdFac members who enjoy meeting and talking with adjuncts about our union so that we can increase our local’s membership.

Unions are organizations of workers who join so they will have greater influence in determining their wages, hours, and other working conditions. We believe there is strength in numbers. Unions are best able to represent workers when members are strong and unified. But unions are only as strong as their members’ involvement.

Historically, unions have fought for and won many benefits that most Americans enjoy today, such as an eight-hour work day and minimum wage. AdFac’s accomplishments include: raises, additional steps, preferred consideration, bonuses, medical premium reimbursement.

We are offering compensation to recruit new members for our union. This is a great opportunity to earn extra income. Please contact us if you’d like to get involved.

714-526-5759 union@adfacunited.org

ADFAC Party 2017

ADFAC Party 2017

Friday, Sept. 22, marked the date for AdFac’s annual “Back-2-School party.” About 60 part-timers and guests enjoyed a few hours of fun and camaraderie at the Fullerton Elks Lodge hosted by your union, Adjunct Faculty United. Part-timers were greeted by AdFac Executive Board members and President Kent Stevenson, who brought everyone up to date on union activities.

Among the attendees were Dr. JoAnna Schilling, Cypress College President; and Trustee Ed Lopez.  Also attending were Tina Johanssen, former President of United Faculty; and her husband, Dimitri.

 Representatives Erika and Janet from SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union offered information about the credit union and raffled off a gift certificate.

 Jason Swanson of Aava Dental gave away grocery bags with toothbrushes and toothpaste. Aava also donated an electric toothbrush (won by Miriam Henan).

   Fullerton and Cypress College adjunct Billy Arcila provided classical guitar throughout the event.

Guests enjoyed appetizers, drinks and cake and opportunities to meet and greet.

We Need YOU!

Adjunct Faculty United is seeking qualified union members
interested in serving on our board in 2 paid positions:

1. Committee on Political Education (COPE) Chair
2. Negotiations Committee Chair

Job descriptions can be found in our Constitution online at
www.adfacunited.org/Publications (see Article V, Sections7 & 8).

If interested, contact us at (714) 526-5759 or by email

We also have a committee position open:

3. Technology Coordinating Council

This position is paid by the District.

If interested, contact us: (714) 524-5759 or union@adfacunited.org

Negotiations with the district break down : AdFac to file for impasse

Your AdFac negotiations team met with the district on June 27, 2017, at district headquarters in Anaheim. Negotiations had been moving slowly forward prior to this, but once AdFac began talking about re-employment rights (under the new state law), the district began dragging their feet. The district claims that our present Article 6 (with “preferred consideration”) satisfies the entirety of the new state law. AdFac pointed out that the law requires “policies” for termination, which is not at all addressed in our old Article 6 (except where it says “this does not create any guarantee, right, or entitlement of the Unit Member to assignment or employment” in 6.3.5). The district insists this is a re-employment right under the state law! That is, according to the district, there is no re-employment right. Your negotiation team finds this completely unacceptable.

During the previous meeting on June 19, 2017, the district introduced their “revised” proposal on Re-Employment Rights, which they presented after forcing the union team to wait in the conference room for 52 minutes before the district showed up. (This pattern of the district being regularly tardy by 15 to 30 minutes shows disrespect for members of our team who were volunteering their time from other summer jobs in order to be there.) The district’s revised proposal on re-employment rights was a disaster: They made at least 10 different aspects of their prior proposal more difficult, including adding more time before you reach “preferred consideration” status, lowering the number of courses you have “preferred consideration” for, and adding at least 9 different new ways you could lose your “preferred” status, all the while not addressing the termination-of-employment issue. But to show their largesse, the district did go through Article 6 and changed all references to “preferred consideration” to “Re-Employment Preference.” AdFac considers the proposal to be regressive bargaining, which is illegal under state law, making the district guilty of “bad faith” bargaining. The union will be filing a complaint on this issue with the Public Employment Relations Board.

Your negotiations team indicated to the district that the union will NOT accept this regressive proposal. Your team strongly believes our part-time faculty deserve REAL re-employment rights: If you are doing a good job (no bad evaluations) and the work is there, you should be re-hired. The union continues to insist that one test of whether or not you have real re-hire rights is that you cannot be fired for minor transgressions of district rules such as, a department chair emailing part-time faculty the Sunday before the semester began, that if your syllabus is not in to the chair before the first day of classes the next Monday, you wouldn’t be re-hired. Obviously, this does NOT mean you may ignore the paperwork requirements of your job – but the district needs to be reasonable about what constitutes a fire-able offense. Part-time faculty, after years of service to the district, deserve the respect of reasonable policies for termination.

So AdFac will be filing impasse papers with the state. Next comes the appointment of a mediator to try to get us to resolve the open issues. Then finally union and district would go before a factfinder. In the meantime, all aspects of the negotiations are held in abeyance until final settlement. These processes will take months, but your team believes that part-time faculty need to make a strong stand on principle. Together we can overcome!

Your Negotiations Team trying to make your life better

Congratulations to our 2017-19 AdFac Executive Board

President: Kent Stevenson

VP Cypress: Tonya Cobb

VP Fullerton: Zahra Ahmed

VP NOCE: Manjit Grewall

Treasurer: Pete Christenson

Secretary: Miriam Henan


Officers are elected every other year for a two-year term. They are expected to attend all monthly Board meetings, participate in all union business and activities, and work as dedicated team members, supporting Local 6106 for the two-year term. These positions include compensation.

To be eligible, a candidate must be a member-in- good-standing* of AFT Local 6106 and teach in the NOCCCD. All members-in-good-standing are eligible to nominate candidates and to vote.

Descriptions of the duties of each Board member can be found in our Constitution online (www.adfacunited.org).

Notices of Nomination and Election of Officers were mailed to all members in April and voting took place in May.

We still have an opening for COPE (Committee on Political Education) Chair. If you are interested or you know someone who might be interested, please contact the AdFac office, 714-526-5759 or union@adfacunited.org.

*(Note: A member-in-good-standing is one whose dues have been paid through January 2017.)