April 8, 2011
Alert: ALL HANDS ON DECK SUNDAY APRIL 17
It’s happening so fast that I haven’t had time to get official AFT 2121 leadership endorsement of this action, but I want to let you know that the students and Vice-Chancellor Leslie Smith are hard at work trying to make the Hands Across California Project a reality in San Francisco. Lieutenant Governor Newsom and M.C. Hammer kicked it off on Thursday at the Ocean Campus. Imagine a chain of students, faculty, and staff, along with other supporters, stretching from Ocean Campus past the Mission, Downtown, and new Chinatown Campuses and on to the Marina Green. Imagine a human chain of community college supporters across San Francisco and California. Join hands on Sunday, April 17, 2011, from 1:30 to 2:30 to make it happen and make history.
We have all heard about the budget cuts and the fee increases. This is a statewide effort to stand up and be noticed in a different way – uniting together to fight for California’s future. Community colleges are our essential to our future and our state’s future.
To stand up for community colleges and be part of history:
1. Go to www.ccsf.edu/hands to sign up.
2. Talk to your teacher.
3. Contact your student leaders, clubs, teams or Associated Students
4. Join us at noon, Monday through Friday, for planning meetings at
Ocean Campus, Conlan Hall, E200.
We need you to be there April 17!
Those who sign up will be notified where to go on the 17th to participate.
Hands Across California CCSF Team
Join our Facebook page: (under construction; look for link on “hands” webpage)
Follow us on Twitter: (look for update on “hands” webpage)
-Gus Goldstein, AFT 2121 Vice-President
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CCSF Part-time Faculty to Vote on California State Disability Insurance (SDI) Referendum May 2-May 16, 2011
Part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco will vote in a referendum in early May 2011 to determine whether to participate in the California State Disability Insurance (SDI) program with an employee payroll deduction of 1.2% to begin in fall 2011. If a majority of those voting in the referendum vote ‘Yes,’ all part-timers at CCSF will be covered by SDI.
Part-time faculty may vote online by going to a designated location on the CCSF website and entering their employee number. They will be presented with a ‘Yes’ or ‘No” ballot on whether to implement SDI deductions beginning fall, 2011. The name of each voter will immediately be delivered to a separate electronic box while each vote will be gathered anonymously in another box. The contents of each box will be delivered to the AFT election committee at the end of the voting period, i.e. May 16, 2011. Votes will be automatically tallied. Exact instructions on how to vote in the SDI referendum will be provided to part-time faculty in advance of May 2.
If a voter is rejected by the online voting system, or if a voter prefers to vote using a mail ballot, AFT 2121 will send a double envelope mail ballot to the part-timer requesting the alternative ballot. All mail ballots must be received back in the AFT office by 5:00 p.m., May 16, 2011 to be counted.
Currently, part-timers have no income protection in case of short-term disability beyond their accumulated sick leave and benefits under the Voluntary Sick Leave Bank, if they have joined.
SDI provides disability income protection of up to 55% of base salary for up to 52 weeks. The SDI benefit can be combined with earned sick leave at CCSF to receive 100% of your pay. Paid Family Leave is also available for up to six (6) weeks.
Detailed Information about SDI coverage is available at the AFT website at: aft2121.org where you will find links to several sources.
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