In order to provide services to our members more efficiently, CFE has a few new positions this semester.

First, Stephanie Dumont and Theresa Lavarini will be serving as Golden West College Site Representatives and Ann Holliday will be the site representative at Coastline College. If you have ideas that you want to share or if you have an issue that may be related to the contract, please contact them right away.

We are looking for a faculty member from OCC who is willing to serve as a site representative. The position will provide 1.5 LHE compensation. If you are interested in learning more about the OCC Site Representative position, please reply to this email or send a message to me at

During the upcoming year, CFE will also provide more opportunities for members to engage and provide feedback. Rendell Drew (OCC) and Julie Terrazas (GWC) are our new member engagement liaisons. If you have ideas regarding ways to increase member participation or you would like CFE to host a particular event, please let them know.

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Fall 2018 – Update

The Coast Federation of Educators (CFE) had a busy summer which included meeting newly hired full-time faculty and working with management to make sure faculty who taught summer classes were paid in June and July (not July and August). At the request of our members, we sat in on a few meetings where faculty were given Weingarten notices and we signed a couple Memorandums of Understanding in order to ensure that faculty are protected and the contract is implemented fairly.

I would like to extend a special thank you to our union representatives who went the extra mile during the summer. This includes Vesna Marcina (OCC) and Tom Mucciaro (OCC) who met with the Huntington Beach High School faculty union to discuss dual enrollment. Ann Holliday (CCC) who attended monthly Orange County Labor Federation Meetings. Julie Terrazas (GWC) who made sure all of our bills were paid throughout the summer. Additionally, we owe a big “thank you” to the executive board (Rendell Drew, Darryl Isaac, Dan Johnson, Ann Holliday, Theresa Lavarini, Chau Tran) who attended an emergency meeting in July. These colleagues/union representatives worked on non-duty days because they care deeply about serving faculty and they know that our vigilance in the summer is important to prevent management overreach.

Over the past few years, CFE has been working to improve faculty working conditions, raise pay, improve benefits, and increase the lab factor. We would not have been nearly as successful in our endeavors if we did not have the strong support of our full-time faculty, thank you! Having 90% of full-time faculty members of the union gives us incredible leverage at the negotiations table and results in higher salaries and more robust benefits.

While we have been very successful, there is still much work to be done! Our district does not offer maternity leave and the lab factor is only 85% when it should be 100%. Additionally, our part-time colleagues earn a fraction of what they deserve and do not have full benefits or adequate office hours.

Please be sure to respond to the survey that CFE will be sending out over the next few weeks. CFE would like to gauge faculty priorities for the upcoming year.

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Tentative Agreement Reached

On Monday, December 4th the Coast Federation of Educators (CFE) negotiations team and Coast Community College District management team came to a tentative agreement on a two-year contract. This agreement makes improvements to faculty salaries and maintains benefits for all of the full-time faculty and part-time faculty with greater than a 50% load.

This agreement would not have been possible without the strong support of faculty and the dedication of the negotiation teams. The unity of our faculty members translated into power at the bargaining table.

Your negotiations team worked during the summer and on many evenings fighting for a good contract.

Rob Schneiderman (Orange Coast College, Chief Negotiator)
Ann Holliday (Coastline College)
Theresa Lavarini (Golden West College)
Tom Mucciaro (Orange Coast College)
Dan Johnson (Coastline College)
Stephanie Dumont (Golden West College)
Bob Fey (Executive Director)
Frank Oppedisano (CFT Field Representative)

Thank you to the management negotiations team members for negotiating in good faith.
CFE especially thanks Chancellor Weispfenning for his support, former Vice Chancellor Cindy Vyskocil for her fair and reasonable approach to negotiations.

We will be scheduling meetings at all the colleges during the spring semester to explain the contract and we anticipate a ratification vote in April 2018.  Additional information will be posted on our website

Below is a very brief summary of the tentative agreement highlights:

Faculty will receive an estimated 6.5%* salary increase over the next two years.
This estimated increase will be: 1% + COLA in 2018-19 and 1% + COLA in 2019-20.
*State Department of Finance estimate for COLA

Lab Factor Increase
The compensation for all lab classes will be increased to 85% starting Fall 2018.

The district will keep all of the current health benefits plans with no changes!
Faculty contribution will increase from .5% of base salary to .8% of base salary.
CFE estimates this increase will cost faculty approximately $30 a month.

Flex Days
All Coast Community College campuses will maintain two Flex Days. Participation in Flex activities are mandatory according to the State Chancellor’s Office. Therefore, faculty will either attend Flex Day, make-up the time if excused, or forfeit pay for the day.

Part-Time Rehire Rights
Part Time faculty will be given a six (6) LHE minimum load if they have received
favorable evaluations and have worked at a college for over 3 years.

Retiree Rights & Benefits
Retirees will be offered a variety of on campus benefits upon request. These benefits
include limited access to the college fitness center, parking passes, tickets to both athletic and theater events. Retirees who are rehired as part time faculty will also be added to the part time rehire list and will be eligible for priority assignments.

Large Class Factor
Faculty who teach classes of 85-129 will receive a 1.75 load factor.

In order to explain the tentative agreement, CFE will be hosting multiple forums at Golden West College, Orange Coast College, and Coastline College. After we complete the process of explaining to the tentative agreement at the college campuses, all unit members with signed membership forms in the CFE office will be eligible to vote on the tentative agreement. We are anticipating a ratification vote in April 2018.

Again, I thank all the faculty members who supported the union during this negotiations process. Your support helped us secure a great tentative agreement. CFE is proud to represent a tremendous faculty.

Rob Schneiderman – President & Chief Negotiator
Ann Holliday (Coastline College)
Theresa Lavarini (Golden West College)
Tom Mucciaro (Orange Coast College)
Dan Johnson (Coastline College)
Stephanie Dumont (Golden West College)
Bob Fey (Executive Director)
Frank Oppedisano (CFT Field Representative)

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