The governor signed CFT-sponsored SB 114. Authored by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), this bill helps correct misreporting of part-time faculty work to ensure the right amount of retirement service credit.

SB 114 requires community college districts to submit collective bargaining agreements to CalSTRS every year beginning July 1, 2013. These contracts contain full-time equivalents for each class of affected employees and will allow CalSTRS, by referencing them, to better understand how to help employers report accurate full-time equivalencies.

The governor vetoed AB 1011, a bill carried by Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park), that calls for the retiree representative on the CalSTRS Board to be elected by retirees. At present, the governor appoints the retiree representative on the 11-member board.

In recent years, CFT has successfully sponsored legislation that converted three other seats on the CalSTRS Board — two representing K-12 teachers and one for community college faculty — from gubernatorial appointment to election by working educators. The remainder of the board consists of four statewide constitutional officers and three public representatives appointed by the governor. 

— By Malcolm Terence, CFT Reporter