While the issues of pay inequity, the lack of job security, and
access to health benefits are major challenges that plague
part-time faculty —collegiality, inclusion, and connection with
their campuses and fellow faculty are also important for a
part-time faculty member’s long-term involvement with a
Key to increasing adjunct involvement and connection in the
California community colleges is increasing both the
opportunities for and compensation of part-time faculty
participation in shared governance.
One of the more talked about resolutions passed by the biennial
AFT Convention this July was Resolution
15, which calls for AFT to support City University of New
York adjuncts in their quest to achieve through “actions,
demonstrations, and advocacy,” a minimum of $7,000 per
The resolution, which passed with resounding support and no
opposition, also supports this minimum in “all other AFT locals’
campaigns for fair adjunct pay.”
On May 5, the State Council approved a resolution put forth by
the CFT Part-Time Committee, calling for CFT to sponsor
legislation “to establish a permanent healthcare program for
part-time faculty and their dependents.”
At this year’s CFT Convention, delegates passed Resolution 15
calling for the CFT to support changing the workload cap in
a community college district to 80 percent of a full-time
equivalent load, effectively allowing part-time faculty to teach
up to 12 units.
About 400 delegates discussed resolutions on a broad range of
policy issues; heard from the law school dean at UC Berkeley, Lt.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, and Tony Thurmond, the CFT-endorsed candidate
for superintendent of public instruction; joined thousands to
rally and march for safer schools and common sense gun control;
learned a whole lot about Janus v. AFSCME, a Supreme Court case
that could effectively turn the public sector into a “right to
work” zone; and heard from a teacher in West Virginia where they
succeeded in getting a 5 percent raise for all public employees.
Delegates took on social justice concerns, passing a resolution
from the United Educators of San Francisco and the CFT Executive
Council to officially support the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Resolution 23 calls for community meetings, teach-ins and
curricula, such as what’s already posted on UESF’s website and AFT’s Share My Lesson.
Delegates to the annual CFT Convention passed two
resolutions submitted by the CFT Part-Time Committee calling for
the union to pursue legislation that would help part-time faculty
secure full-time employment.