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ACE AFT 6554 Delegates Elected for 2017 CFT Convention


The following ACE AFT 6554 members have been elected as delegates to the 2017 CFT Covnention: Frank Diaz (MC, Real Estate) Rick Hobbs (MC, Mathematics) Oli Mohammadi (WVC, Communications Studies) Kashi Nath (WVC, Physics) Mel Prtichard (WVC, History) Jory Segal (MC/WVC,...

Steward Council Constituencies and Union Meeting Dates


  See the links below to find out who is the steward for your department and Executive Board and Steward Council meeting dates.  The steward is your first point of contact for union issues.  Their contact information can...

Union Membership Card


Every ACE AFT 6554 member is entitled to a union membership card which will allow you to participate in all the union benefits. If you do not have a card as yet, you first need to fill out a membership form. ...

Contract negotiations stopped by the district negotiators


The negotiators for the WVMCCD have walked away from the bargaining table and have declared impasse. The next step:  mediation.  A mediator will look at proposals from the district and from ACE AFT 6554 and make suggestions for resolving...

President's Comments

Meetings & Minutes


Saturday, December 3 - 2:29pm

Unemployment insurance for Part-time instructors

Associate faculty may file for unemployment during summer and winter breaks if they are not working during those time periods.  The easiest way to to file for unemployment benefits is to do so online at the Employment Development Department (EDD): http://www.edd.ca.gov/

Check your starting date for Spring 2017. If the starting date is a Friday, whether you are required to do FLEX, you may not be able to claim unemployment during that week.

Filing must be done in a timely manner. The EDD will often deny late filing applications.

The right to collect unemployment is based on an Appellate Court decision called Cervisis et al vs. Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board. Because associate faculty contracts are "contingent upon adequate class enrollment and funding," the court concluded that the assignments are not reasonable assurance of employment. Therefore, when asked if you have a guarantee of work, indicate "no." Your contract is not a guarantee of employment. Also, mark that your union does not look for work for you. If your claim is denied, you should file an appeal and cite the appellate court decision.


Monday, October 31 - 9:37pm

Associate Faculty Insurance Reimbursement


Qualifying associate faculty members are eligible to receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement of medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug insurance premiums. Please note the plan covers premium costs for the qualifying associate faculty member only. This program does not reimburse for any claims costs (copays, coinsurance, etc.) or other family members who may be enrolled on the same plan as the qualifying associate faculty member. An application form is attached, a detailed explanation of the program is included on the back of the application form.

Fall Semester Deadlines of Note

• Friday, November 4th – Applications must be received by Human Resources on or before this date in order to be eligible for the program.
• Saturday, November 26th – back up documentation showing proof of premium payment must be received by HR on or before this date]

Eligibility Requirements (outlined in greater detail on the attached application form)
• Have re-employment preference, maintaining a .067 load per semester & remaining in re-employment preference status; or one of the following:
• Currently teaching at least a 40% assignment and have taught at least 40% assignments in the previous two consecutive semesters for the WVMCCD; or
• Previously earned the above mentioned eligibility, however the assignment has fallen below 40% but is at least 20%. If assignment falls below 40% for a second consecutive semester, eligibility will be lost and will need to be re-established.