What's New

Our union has a new name!


The Steward Council at its 4/7/17 meeting approved various amendments to the union Constitution. A major change was renaming the union to more clearly reflect who we represent in our interaction with our local and state communities and other labor organizations. ...

Fact finding failure:  District refuses to negotiate a fair contract


ACE AFT 6554 faculty gathered to greet Fact-Finders on Monday, March 20 in the 9:00 am - 9:30 am.  The panelists were: ACE reprsentative:  Terry Elverum (CFT field representative) District representative:  John Hendrickson (former WVMCCD chancellor) Fact-finder:  Norman Brand, Esq. ...

Executive Board Elections:  April 2017.

By Petitions to run for office due on April 3., 03.15.17

The ACE AFT 6554 Election Committee has sent out an announcement regarding the upcoming election for the Executive Board. All 8 Executive Board postitions are up for election: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, MC Full-time Representative, WVC Full-time Representative, MC Part-time Representative...

ACE AFT 6554 members vote to create Strike Fund.


The results of the membership vote to create a strike fund by temporarily increasing union dues by 0.05% are: Yes:  202 votes (84%) No:  38 votes (16%) Many thanks to the Election Committee who spent many hours in preparing, organizing and conducting a...

Negotiations:  District throws shared governance into the trash.

By Blood Boiler , 03.05.17

Boiler #3 Democracy no more. Boiler #2 District reduces support for health care, despite stockpiling huge reserves. Boiler #1 College President salary vs. Faculy Salaries Full-time salaries in CA community college distrcits Part-time salaries in CA community college districts  

Proposed ACE AFT 6554 Constitutional Amendments


The ACE AFT 6554 Executive Board on 2.24.17 voted to adopt changes to the ACE AFT 6554 Constitution, and distributed these amendments on 2.24.17 to the Steward Council members for their consideration at their next meeting on March 3, 2017. The ACE AFT 6554 Steward Council on 3.3.17...

President's Comments

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Broeder wins Hayward Award

From Thais Winsome, MCAS President: Please join me in congratulating our very own Marina Broeder, ESL faculty, who has been...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Officer disclosure forms

As per the ACE AFT 6554 constitution Article 16, all union officers and negotiators are required to submit conflict-of-interest disclosure forms annually...

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.