CCA's Part-time Faculty Job Security Bill Signed into Law
With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1379 by state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Cerritos) and AB 1690 into law on Sept. 30, 2016. SB 1379 is the amended version of CCA’s job security legislation for part-time faculty and creates minimum standards for part-time faculty within the California Community College system. The original bill, AB 1690, was authored by Assembly member Jose Medina, (D-Riverside).
 
"This was legislation our members wanted, we sponsored and worked hard to pass,” said CCA Vic President Bradley Reynolds. "Part-time job security is a cost-effective way for community colleges to keep the same part-time faculty semester after semester. Student success relies on a stable faculty and this legislation helps to ensure that."
 
In a joint news release, Mendoza and Medina said that part-time faculty throughout the state are plagued by inconsistent employment practices across community college districts and an inability to negotiate fair reemployment rights. Together, AB 1690 and SB 1379 provide landmark provisions to improve workplace stability for part-time faculty at California Community Colleges. Under the new law, representatives for both faculty and the community college district must discuss and set standards for employment practices for that particular district, thus providing much-needed employment stability for faculty while allowing districts the flexibility to accommodate local needs.
 
Despite a requirement by AB 1725 passed in 1988 that 75 percent of community college classes be taught by full-time faculty, part-time faculty now far outnumber their full-time colleagues in the California community system. Yet the working conditions of adjunct faculty still lag behind on many campuses. Part-time faculty often have no guarantees that they will be teaching from term to term due to program changes, budget cuts, class enrollment and funding. Many times, part time faculty have shown up on the first day of classes only to discover a note on the door telling them their classes have been cut. This lack of security and respect has an impact on faculty and students at a time when student success has become more important than ever.
 
CCA/CTA’s co-sponsored legislation aims to change that by creating minimum standards for part-time faculty to be achieved through collective bargaining. By implementing minimum standards for evaluation procedures, workload distribution and seniority rights, part-time faculty can be ensured their students have access to continued quality instruction.
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