Happy New Year, fellow part-time academics. 2016 and a new semester are upon us. I hope everyone had an enjoyable and restful Winter Break. (I know I did!)
The office is open again after the winter hiatus and we are back to our usual hours: Monday through Thursday 12—5. The office will remain closed (except in unusual situations) on Fridays but we will continue, as before, to check out emails and voicemails.
Don’t forget that your availability form is due February 1 for the fall semester, and that until further notice, only people in Pool 1 are being evaluated.
Pay dates for this semester should be February 10, February 26, March 31, April 29, and May 31. With only a few exceptions, most of us will not see a check on January 30. Don’t forget that the February 10 check will not be direct-deposited but will be mailed on that day.
By now everyone should have received their Notice of Election and nominating form for the 2016 CFT Convention, which be held March 11—13 at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency. If you would like to attend you can nominate yourself, or if you know someone whom you think would be a good delegate, the deadline to get that back to us is January 30.
On January 16 the annual Tri-Counties Central Labor Council’s Labor Leader of the Year Dinner was held at the Oxnard Marriott Residence Inn. There were three honorees this year: Lynn Swenson, a local Teamsters Union leader, Congresswoman Lois Capps, and our own CFT Area Representative Mike Terman. There has never been a more deserving recipient of this award than Mike, who has been an invaluable help to our local since we joined CFT back in 2002. Sadly, he will be retiring at the end of this school year and will be sorely missed.
Don’t forget our battle cry: Equal pay for equal work! Everyone have a wonderful semester!
Mark James Miller, President, Part-Time Faculty Association of Allan Hancock College, CFT Local 6185, Santa Maria, CA