Latest Updates from your association
I just wanted to let everyone know that the attached MOUs have been signed by both the faculty association and the district. Both sides agreed during finals week, but the finalized versions just became available.
The first MOU is a health and safety MOU for fall 2020 regarding social distancing and sanitization guidelines for classes that may meet face to face. This includes guidelines and accommodations for classrooms, librarians, counseling appointments and office hours. The health and safety of our faculty, staff and students is a top priority for NVCFA.
The second attached MOU is one we have been working on for a long time - the expansion of personal necessity leave. Potential reasons for personal necessity leave have been expanded to allow for "imminent danger to the person or home of the unit member" in cases of natural disasters and "other personal matters or emergencies." We have also included a clause regarding specificity in order to protect the privacy of our faculty members. Changes to the existing article are written in red.
Please let me know if you have any questions about either of these documents. I hope everyone is having a restful break!
Kristie A. Iwamoto
Health and Safety MOU.pdf
Personal Necessity MOU.pdf
The results are in, and you have elected your 2020-2022 NVCFA officers:
President - Kristie Iwamoto
Vice-President - Sean McCann
Secretary - John Kincheloe
Treasurer - Terry Wegner
Part-Time Representative - Carlene Coury
Congratulations to all of our officers, and thank you everyone for voting! :)
I also wanted to let everyone know that during the week that we converted classes to online only, the District and the NVCFA agreed to suspend negotiations until April 13th. When we resume, we are hoping to meet via Zoom and to come to an agreement on the upcoming contract before the end of the semester. I will be updating everyone periodically via email and on our WEBSITE. I will also call a Zoom "General" Union Meeting if necessary. Hopefully we will have a contract to vote on soon.
I hope everyone is safe and healthy. Take care. I can't wait to see you all again.
Doesn't our union meeting week before last feel like a long, long time ago?
I wanted to make sure that I kept everyone up on union news. First and foremost, I wanted to make sure that none of our faculty, full or part-time, worries about not being paid for the semester. Governor Newsom signed an executive order to fully fund public schools for the remainder of the academic year - including community colleges - regardless of closure, so everyone will be paid their full salary/hours to conduct their classes online.
Secondly, negotiations between the district and faculty association have been suspended until the week of April 13th. Both sides agreed to hold off on any open contract items during this time so we can fully focus on this transition to online/distance learning. Once we return from spring break, we will resume and assess whether we need to meet remotely or can meet face to face again. My hope is that we will still have a great contract for everyone to vote on by the end of the semester.
Also, our officer elections! While they have been delayed slightly, they should have arrived in your personal email accounts yesterday (Subject line: "NVCFA Officers Election 2020"). HERE is a link to the balloting website, but you will need a password from that email to access your individual ballot. Please reach out if you have any trouble.
Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions. I already miss everyone and our little community so much. I miss normalcy and not smelling like hand sanitizer. I very much look forward to the day that we can again all sit next to each other in a room, have pizza and laugh together. I am optimistic that we will come out of the other side of this stronger and more united than ever.
Kristie A. Iwamoto