Your Union NEWSLETTER – Spring Edition

February 17, 2024

Items in This Newsletter

  1. New Opening: Adjunct Vice President News!
  2. New Roles: Communications and Membership Director News!
  3. Winter Intersession Update
  4. Election Update – AVCFT 4683A President
  5. Adjunct Faculty Healthcare 
  6. TimelyCare for AVC Employees 

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New Opening: Adjunct Vice President News!

As some of you may know, Carla Corona, who served as our Adjunct Vice President, is now a full-time Theatre Arts faculty member. Though we are excited for her, it is bittersweet because she had to step down as Adjunct Vice President.  

Carla shares the following: “I would like to thank all of the adjunct faculty for the privilege and honor of serving as your Adjunct VP for the past two years. I was appointed by Dr. Aurora Burd in September 2021, a role I have been so grateful for ever since, leading me to run for re-election. I’ve been able to meet and assist many adjuncts with their questions and offer guidance on Union issues. I facilitated numerous sessions and workshops with my colleagues all in the hopes of empowering and uniting our adjunct faculty. Although I am no longer the Adjunct VP, I stand with all AVC Faculty, we are one.”

AVCFT is  now seeking someone passionate for faculty rights and advocacy to fill the Adjunct Vice President role. This position plays a vital role in advocating for and representing the interests of adjunct faculty, with a focus on improving employment conditions, negotiating contracts, and enhancing our presence within the college. If you or someone you know is interested in this essential role, please get in touch with us as soon as possible at

New Roles: Communications and Membership Director News!

We have an update regarding our leadership structure, Mr. Alberto Mendoza González Larreynaga accepted the position of Interim Director of Student Equity, and relinquished his roles in Union leadership. Alberto has been an integral part of our team, serving the Union dedicatedly and with integrity. His consistent efforts in his role as Communications and Membership Director, and briefly as Adjunct Vice President, have been invaluable, and while he will be greatly missed, we’re excited for his new journey. 

Dr. Amy Andrada was recently appointed Communications and Membership Director, bringing  fresh perspectives and dynamic leadership. Dr. Andrada remarked, “I’m honored to take on the roles of Communications and Membership Director. It’s a significant responsibility to uphold our Union’s legacy of strong communication and membership engagement, and I am eager to build on the solid foundation laid by Mr. Larreynaga, furthering our mission to support and amplify our faculty members’ voices.”

The Communications Director and Membership Director are crucial in maintaining open communication within the Union and ensuring that our members are well-informed, actively involved, and effectively represented. Dr. Andrada’s expertise and commitment to our collective goals uniquely qualify her for these positions, making her an excellent fit.

If you have any questions or wish to connect with Dr. Andrada in her new roles, please don’t hesitate to reach out or

Winter Intersession: Update

By Dr. Scott Lee

Hello Colleagues,

This is an update on what’s been happening with the Calendar PERB since our last update in June.

In July 2023, the Federation had two meetings with the Administration. The meeting on the 6th went well, and the Administration – as represented by Dr. Zellet and Mr. Shami Brar, VP of Administrative Services – agreed to reimburse faculty for lost wages for the missing 2024 Winter Intersession. This was a major sticking point in all meetings up to that point, so there was much relief on the part of the Federation, and we felt we would likely finalize most of this at our next meeting on July 25th.  

However, at that meeting, the Administration also brought along Ms. Bridget Cook, the General Counsel for the Board of Trustees. This was the first meeting on this issue she’d attended. After some time discussing the formula to use in determining what each faculty member would be paid for lost wages, the Administration called for a break. Following the break, Ms. Cook then assumed the role of spokesperson and unexpectedly announced the withdrawal of their commitment to reimburse for the 2024 Winter Intersession. They argued there now needed to be a consultation with PERB to confirm if the District is required to reimburse for the 2023-2024 academic year and that discussions would pause until PERB makes a decision. This is not an illegal act as we were not engaged in actual negotiations, but were engaged in discussions on a make-whole penalty they’re ordered to pay. However, it is highly unethical and massively non-collegial, not to mention a violation of trust. 

On August 3rd, the Federation filed a Request for Administrative Determination with PERB to clarify if the District is required to cover the 23-24 academic year as part of the ordered make-whole remedy. On October 13th, PERB responded with an “order to show cause” (OSC) to the District as to “why PERB should not issue an Administrative Determination finding that the make-whole remedy encompasses the 2023-2024 school year” and later states, “. . . the make-whole period in this matter must extend until the status quo is restored in the 2024-2025 academic year”. It should be noted that part of the reason PERB responded with an OSC was the District missed the deadline to respond to our Request for Administrative Determination. Since they filed late, PERB essentially ignored what they had to say.  

The reason this detail matters is that on October 25th, our attorney was contacted by the legal firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR) – the $400/hour Burbank law firm that lost the District’s fight against the PERB – to say that they’re taking over the response and seeking a 2-week extension to file.  It would appear the Board decided their $250k/year General Counsel – the second highest-paid employee in the District after the Superintendent/President – could not be relied upon and are choosing to deposit more taxpayer dollars into the AALRR bank account.   

On November 13th, the District sent a response to PERB arguing that the Federation had “consciously abandoned its right to bargain” over this issue as we had not officially requested to negotiate over the 23-24 calendar. However, we were not required to bargain and the District made it clear they were pursuing the path they chose early in the process. The PERB order from September 2022 clearly indicated that the District would be required to reinstate the 2023-2024 Winter Intersession. In October 2022, the District filed an appeal to PERB’s decision, which stretched completion of the case to April 2023, passing the deadline to enforce the return of a 2023-2024 Intersession. Now – in an effort to avoid paying for faculty income lost in that term – they’re trying to blame it on the Federation. This is a very manipulative and very typical behavior. Everything old is new again.

On December 26, 2023, PERB ruled in our favor, and we are attempting to determine if an appeal was filed, finding:  

First, the fact remains that the Order itself does not appear to exclude the 2023-2024 academic year… Second, it does not appear that the Board’s ordered remedy is necessarily waived by the Federation’s conduct, or that the OGC has the power to deem any portion of the Order waived in these compliance proceedings… Finally, even if the District’s waiver argument could properly be considered in compliance proceedings, the circumstances of this case do not support a conclusion that the Federation is not entitled to complete make-whole relief… The Board has made it clear that a union is not expected to bargain from a disadvantage created by an un-rescinded unilateral change, as this “would compel the union to ‘bargain back’ to the status quo [internal citations omitted] and make impossible the give and take that are the essence of good faith consultation… For the foregoing reasons and the reasons set forth in the attached OSC, it is hereby determined that the make-whole remedy ordered by the Board in this matter includes damages stemming from the 2023-2024 academic year. 

If the District has not appealed, they will have to pay for lost wages for the 2023-2024 academic year, but not for the following academic years as Intersession is returning in 2024-2025. However, they will still be responsible for 7% per year penalties on the amounts owed until they make faculty whole. If this has not been resolved by July 1, 2024 (the start of a new fiscal year), they will owe an additional 7%.  Additionally, they’ve now set a precedent at the July 25th meeting of reneging on items already agreed upon. When we finally resume discussions, the Federation will look at what has been agreed upon and reconsider our options.

At this point, I cannot predict the future timeline on this, but I’m comfortable with where it’ll likely end up. 

In Solidarity for ALL . . . 

-Dr. Scott Lee

Election Update – AVCFT 4683A President

Update Provided by Dr. Scott Lee

Only one candidate ran for this election, so there was no need for an election.  

Dr. Jason Bowen has been re-elected as President of the Antelope Valley College Federation of Teachers, starting his next term on July 1, 2024. 

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bowen on being reelected unopposed as president of the Antelope Valley College Federation of Teachers. We greatly appreciate Dr. Bowen’s dedicated service to our union over the past years. His continued leadership promises to strengthen our collective voice and advance issues important to our members. We wish Dr. Bowen all the best this next term as he guides our union forward. This uncontested election reflects our members’ widespread support and confidence in his capable stewardship. Let’s continue standing together behind our president as he works to represent the interests of educators, students, and our college community.

Adjunct Faculty Healthcare

Update Provided by Alberto Mendoza González and Harmony Miller 

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We want to provide an update on the ongoing discussion around healthcare eligibility for part-time faculty. We know this remains a high-priority issue for many of you. Please rest assured your union continues monitoring and researching any changes that could impact reopening this matter in current contract negotiations or future bargaining. Note: More information on healthcare for adjunct faculty can be found on CFT FAQ Part-Time Faculty Healthcare website.

We have informed the District about other community colleges implementing adjunct faculty healthcare. The District responded stating that there have not yet been any statewide modifications that would warrant raising this issue with the District right now. The CCCCO’s task force on potential adjunct faculty healthcare options has no recommendations expected until October 2024. Additionally, there is still no part-time faculty benefit pool, and existing eligibility rules remain unchanged.

As expressed by the District, we recognize some community college districts are able to offer adjunct health coverage through alternative insurance carriers with different requirements. Exploring those types of options will be part of our strategy going forward. In the meantime, know that we aim to collaborate with the District in advocating for practical solutions as soon as there is an actionable opportunity.

We will promptly update all of you should that time come before the subsequent formal negotiations. In the meantime, please contact Dr. Andrada at  with any other questions or feedback. 

Expanding access to healthcare remains an essential goal in our ongoing efforts to support and represent all faculty.

TimelyCare for AVC Employees

Update Provided by Tamira Palmetto and Dr. Cindy Hendrix 

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Please watch the video below from November’s Board of Trustees meeting, where Tamira Palmetto (Negotiations Member – Union) and Dr. Cindy Hendrix (Lead Negotiator and Secretary – Union) discuss the need for TimelyCare to be a service that is provided to all employees at AVC. Board of Trustees November 13, 2023 (Tamira Palmetto and Dr. Cindy Hendrix).

Welcome to Fall 2023 Semester AVC Faculty!

All faculty, welcome to the fall 2023 semester!

As we stand on the threshold of another academic year, we want to extend a warm welcome to all of you on behalf of the Faculty Union. Fall 2023 promises to be a time of growth, challenges, and continued commitment to academic excellence.

It never ceases to amaze us how resilient and adaptable our community is. Your dedication to teaching, research, and service, especially in the ever-evolving landscape of higher education, is truly commendable. It’s a privilege to represent such a dynamic group of professionals.

This semester, let’s remember to support one another, share our experiences, and continue to foster a collaborative spirit that defines our institution. Challenges are bound to be ahead, but we can face them together and emerge even stronger.

To our returning faculty, welcome back! And to those joining us for the first time, we’re delighted to have you as part of our academic family.

Let’s embark on this journey together with enthusiasm and a shared vision. Here’s to a fulfilling and successful Fall 2023 semester!

-Dr. Jason Bowen (Union President) and Your Union Team.

Contract Ratification Vote (Dues-paying members)

From Dr. Scott Lee (Political Director):

The Federation has reached Tentative Agreements (TA’s) with the District on the faculty collective bargaining agreement.  We now need our dues-paying members to decide whether to ratify these agreements, so be sure to check your AVC e-mails from Dr. Scott Lee. This ratification vote will be open until Thursday, July 13th, 2023 at 8pm.

Here are some highlights of the agreed changes:

Article IX

  1. 8% of base salary, one-time off-schedule stipend for the 2022 – 23 academic year.
    1. Note: The 8% base salary goes to all unit members employed as of May 6, 2023.
  2. 13% raise will be added to all faculty salary schedules for 2023 – 2024 academic year.
  3. 4% raise will be added to all faculty salary schedules for 2024 – 2025 academic year.
    1. Note: For point (2), the effective date is July 1, 2023, and for (3), the effective is July 1, 2024.
  4. “Effective retroactive to October 1, 2022 the health and welfare benefit cap shall be $17,500 per year through September 30, 2025.” Note: The previous benefit cap was $14,500.
    1. Anthem Blue Cross PPO (4046B) plan prescription cost will now be $10/$35 (previously $5/$20) [generic name drug/brand name drug]. Rationale: There will be a $95/month savings with this change unless more than 19 prescriptions are purchased every month.
    2. The Vision Plan will have an additional $3/month cost. Rationale: The extra cost will include an extra pair of glasses within a year.
  5. Added trigger language to re-open Article IX section for part-time health care if any of the following events take place:
    1. Note on the trigger language:
      1. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office implements a benefit pool for part-time faculty;
      2. The multi-district adjunct faculty eligibility requirements change; or
      3. The insurance provider’s eligibility requirements change.
  6. Teaching independent study/work study courses shall be paid at the rate of $100 per student per unit. Note: The rate was previously $75 per student per unit
  7. Coaching Compensation: Stipends have been increased for both adjunct faculty and full-time faculty. See Article IX, Section 9.1, subsection 9.1.2, and Section 9.2 (c), (b), and (d). Note on stipends referred to in this area: “Effective July 1, 2023,

Article I

The new contract shall be in effect until June 30, 2025.

Article V

  • Update leave language/definitions based on FMLA, etc.
  • The reduced minimum contribution to catastrophic leave bank to one (1) day for full-time faculty and four (4) hours for part-time faculty. 
  • Bereavement Leave language now states that a unit member “of the District is entitled to a leave of absence not to exceed five (5) days because of the death of any member’s immediate family.”
  • Unit members MUST contribute to catastrophic leave in order to request use. 
  • Updated the catastrophic leave form.

These are not the only changes.  Links to the new contract language and the current contract can be found on the ballot and by going to Newsletter – June 27 Edition. (Copy and paste the following website in case the link above is not working:  
If you have questions, contact Federation Presdient, Dr. Jason Bowen, at or Dr. Cindy Hendrix, Lead Negotiator, at

Thank you for your continued support.

In Solidarity . . . For All! 

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AVCFT 4683A joins our members in celebrating Juneteenth.

From Jeff Freitas (CFT President):

“We recognize Juneteenth as a day of celebration as well as a day of reflection. We celebrate this day while remaining committed to the pursuit of racial justice and equity.”

Academic Calendar Feedback Survey

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Survey Information

Your union leadership is asking for feedback on future academic calendars, especially on the winter intersession, the start of the spring semester, and summer semester lengths. 

This feedback comes from the great responses we have received from you. Remember that this is your union and is always open to receiving feedback. 

SurveyMonkey Link

Click the following link to access the survey: AVC Academic Calendar Faculty Feedback.
Should the link not work, copy and paste the following to your web browser:


This survey will be open for two weeks. It will close on April 25th at 11:59 PM (PST).

We thank you and look forward to reading your feedback.


General Inquiries/Feedback (including becoming a dues-paying member) – 

Press Releases and

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Agreement Between the Federation and the District

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Dear colleagues!

We hope that your summer is going well and that the news in this update will make it better for you and your loved ones.
In this email is a newsletter providing you with essential and historic updates!
In it, you will find updates to the recent union election, negotiations update, PERB update, and an update on new reasons to join as a dues-paying member.
The newsletter is a Google Doc so, use the following Google Doc link: Newsletter – June 27 Edition. 

(Copy and paste the following website in case the link above is not working:

Thank you, colleagues, for all your hard work. We are ecstatic to unveil the challenging yet crucial tasks we have accomplished for the collective good. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments at

-Your Union Team

Negotiations Update (Spring 2023)

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Your AVCFT negotiating team has been meeting once or twice weekly throughout the semester. We have also sought input from members and will continue to do so. We heard a presentation by one of our members regarding salary concerns and will be utilizing the information provided. We intend to ask for a substantial increase, both in salary and in benefits, as part of our ongoing negotiations.

We know people are wondering about negotiations, and we want to provide an update on our progress. Negotiations with the District have been a slow and frustrating process. Here is an update on our progress.

We have met with the District eight times since the semester started. The Federation has been presenting proposals for different articles; unfortunately, the District has been slow to respond. We submitted two articles to the district in October and did not receive a counter-proposal on the first until February and we just received a counter-proposal to the second article last week.

We have tentatively agreed to language on Articles I-V.

Additionally, we signed an MOU on a new block schedule to increase the number of classes offered, which will begin this summer. In this new schedule, faculty who teach a 6:30 am class will receive a $500 stipend. 

Last fall, we proposed an MOU for adjunct faculty health care. Unfortunately, the District refused to even entertain our proposal, despite the fact that there would have been NO additional cost to them.

We will be meeting with the District again this Friday, April 14th. We are hoping to get the contract settled this summer.

If you would like to support our efforts and join the AVCFT (Your Union), please use the link below and complete the online membership form.


Click here to join the union as a dues-paying member: AVCFT (4383A) Membership Form.
Should the link not work, copy and paste the following link to your browser:

AVCFT Website & Social Media

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This message is brought to you by Your Union Team:

Dr. Jason Bowen, President/Negotiations MemberPRESIDENT@AVCFT.ORG
Ms. Kathy Osburn, Vice-President/Negotiations MemberVPRESIDENT@AVCFT.ORG
Mr. Kent Moser, TreasurerTREASURER@AVCFT.ORG
Dr. Cindy Hendrix, Secretary/Lead NegotiatorSECRETARY@AVCFT.ORG
Ms. Carla Corona, Adjunct VPADJVP@AVCFT.ORG
Dr. Scott Lee, Political DirectorPOLITICALDIR@AVCFT.ORG
Mr. Alberto Mendoza González Larreynaga, Membership/Communications Director/Negotiations MemberMEMBERSHIP@AVCFT.ORG
Ms. Tamira Palmetto Despain, Negotiations MemberNEGOTIATIONS_MEMBER1@AVCFT.ORG
Mr. Eugene Siegel, Negotiations MemberNEGOTIATIONS_MEMBER2@AVCFT.ORG

Mr. Ahrien Johnson, CFT Field Representative

A Communication From Your Union Regarding Winter Intersession

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The return next year to the traditional academic calendar is a legal requirement placed on the District.  When the current calendar was implemented in 2019, it was done so in violation of the faculty contract, board policy, and, ultimately, state and federal law.  The District is being ordered by the state to come into compliance with the law and the contract, so that is why the return.  If the District wishes to reexamine a return to the current academic calendar and does so in a manner compliant with the faculty contract, board policy, and state and federal law, the union is not opposing those reexaminations.

There remains the option of a settlement agreement with the District that could allow for retaining the current calendar schedule. Some faculty have expressed a preference for this option. Though we maintain an open mind and are not opposed to any settlement talks, this is not the direction we wish to go at the moment. The reasons are several. First, considerable time and expense were expended seeking the current remedy, including legal costs and testimony. In 2019, at the December 9 Board meeting, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve an illegal calendar, and this was despite the input of constituent groups. The students, at that time, overwhelmingly supported keeping Winter Intersession (only 9% of students were dissatisfied with the calendar), and 83% of faculty supported retaining the winter intersession. The District argued that summer enrollments/FTES would increase and those course offerings in the sciences would increase in the summer session due to the 12-week option. FTES in Summer 2019 was 1036. Last summer it was 1029. The peak in summer FTES occurred, ironically, during the summer at the height of the pandemic when FTES was 1059. There has been no growth in summer FTES, despite the loss of Winter Intersession and summer expanding by 50%. Moreover, retention and success rates have plummeted in the 6-week summer courses, and it has been challenging to find faculty who will teach the 12-week sessions. Additionally, high school students cannot attend the 6-week and 12-week summer sessions because the high school schedule overlaps the start of the summer session. Lastly, Winter Intercession allowed students to complete course requirements for transfer at the end of Spring and opened up summer for employment and internship opportunities for our students.

Compared to 2020, we lost over 1800 FTES in 2022.  Over 80% of that loss came from Intersession and Spring, the two most affected semesters by the calendar change.  Summer overall had a much smaller loss (only 1.5%), but given it was expanded by 50% it’s clearly not giving us much of a boost in numbers. Winter Intercession FTES in 2020 was 414. That’s 23%, almost a quarter, of all FTES losses. We believe, separately from the legal issue, that the restoration of Winter Intersession will better serve our students, the college, and the community. Serving better during Winter Intersession can also come by serving our students through modalities that were not offered before. 

In closing, some may have found a way to compensate for Intersession course losses in their area, but that is not a guarantee of all areas doing so.  As the implementation of the current calendar was illegal, the District has a responsibility to identify who did lose and compensate them, as ordered by the state in their “make whole” provision of the judgment.  Additionally, make whole encompasses more than just lost courses, but also faculty who lost outside income opportunities due to not having January available to them anymore.

In solidarity,

Your Union Team.

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FPD Event: AVCFT Workshop: Weingarten 101

From Vice-President of AVCFT, Kathy Osburn:


Please join AVCFT President, Dr. Jason Bowen, for an informative FPD event on Thursday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m.:

Weingarten 101

Weingarten rights are vital to every employee. Join AVCFT leadership to discuss the process laid out by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA/contract) to cover cases of alleged performance or disciplinary problems. Included will be a discussion of faculty’s Weingarten rights. There will be time for questions.

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Click on the zoom icon below to be taken to the event, or click on the following address:

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