Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who are the individuals representing part time faculty in the SOCCCDFA ?
At the end of Spring 2012, part-time faculty elected our first Part-Time Faculty Chair, who is a member of our Executive Committee: Beth Clary. Beth was re-elected in Fall 2016. In addition, there are five elected part time representatives to the Representative Council: Susan Bliss, Christopher Reynolds, Lara Toscano, Bev Wirtz, and Mari Stachenfeld.
2. What has the SOCCCDFA accomplished for part time faculty?
3. What are the dues or fees for part time faculty for 2015-2016?
- The Faculty Association has placed a high emphasis on part-time faculty salaries and benefits in contract negotiations. Unfortunately, because many part-time faculty members, especially those who are teaching on several campuses, have little contact with the day-to-day operations of the colleges and of the Association, they are unaware of the salary and benefit improvements they receive as a result of the Association’s efforts. Also, many part-time faculty have had shorter tenures on the campuses, and have no standard of comparison to see how things have improved.
Admittedly, the employment situation that part-time faculty face statewide is deplorable, especially with the catastrophic state of the education budget, but our Association places high emphasis on the wages and benefits of part-time faculty.
Further, some part- and full-time faculty members are under the impression that the Faculty Association simply demands a salary schedule from the District, and gets it. This, however, is simply not the case. We have to bargain wages and benefits, and the budget situation over the last several years has severely limited what we can gain from negotiations.
Nevertheless, in the previously completed contract, the Faculty Association gained a higher salary increase for part-time faculty than for full-time faculty, and refused to settle for less, even though it ended up delaying negotiations. We worked very hard at and away from the negotiations table to gain this extra salary increase. Indeed, had we been willing to settle for less money for part-time faculty, we might have gained a little more for full-time faculty. In the latest contract established in 2011-12, parity pay was established as being only for part time faculty and not for full time faculty working overload hours.
When the District’s insurance carrier dropped coverage for part-time faculty, the Faculty Association negotiated from the District an alternative plan, by which the District would give qualified faculty members the amount of money it would have spent on the discontinued coverage to pay for insurance from another source. This new insurance benefit was more successful than the previous one, with a significant increase in the number of faculty members participating in the new benefit. The Faculty Association negotiated an increase in the benefit, and made it easier to qualify for the benefit, and to maintain qualification even with breaks in service.
We have part-time representatives on the Faculty Association Representative Council, and on the negotiating team, who are charged with carrying part-time concerns forward, and representing the interests of part-time faculty. Part-time faculty members who have concerns should make sure that their representatives are aware of and can represent their concerns.
4. What is the financial difference between a member and a fee payer?
- $255.65 per academic year or $25.56 per month. Please see the Membership section of the SOCCCDFA website for more details.
5. Why should I be a member rather than a fee payer?
- Members pay the dues listed above. Fee payers pay the same amount, but they may request a rebate for the amount of fees collected that are applied to political or ideological activity, which is usually 20% - 30% of the total amount. Fee payers will receive a packet of information from CTA in mid October, with instructions for requesting the rebate.
6. What legal right do you have to withhold fees or dues from my paycheck?
- Members have the right to vote to elect a representative to the Representative Council, to ratify a contract, or for any other decisions that require a vote of the membership. Members have $1million in coverage for educator’s employment liability insurance, as well as eligibility for legal representation for work-related matters. Their dues pay for life insurance and death and dismemberment insurance. Members are eligible for a variety of voluntary insurance programs and purchase discount programs. Fee payers do not receive these benefits of membership.
7. I am already a member of CCA/CTA/NEA at another educational institution. Do I also need to pay dues in the SOCCCDFA?
- Government Code Section 3546 (a) authorizes and stipulates the guidelines for all employees to share the costs of representation in matters of employment.
- You should pay CCA, CTA & NEA dues at only one educational institution, your “primary” place of employment. Each educational institution has its own unique local union. You will need to pay separate local dues for each district where you work.
8. Can I be a CTA fee payer in one district and a CTA member in another?
- No. You are either a member in all CTA affiliated educational institutions or you are a fee payer in all CTA affiliated educational institutions.
9. If CTA dues are being withheld from my paychecks at more than one district, what can I do to stop that from happening, and how can I get a refund?
Complete the Membership Enrollment Form for all CTA affiliated districts where you work, following the instructions below:
a. Choose one of the districts to be your “primary” place of employment. If you are employed full time at one institution, and part time in the others, the place where you work full time is your primary place of employment. If all of your CTA affiliated employment is part time, select the institution where you have the most frequent and steady work to be classified as your primary place of employment.
b. Where the form asks "Is this your primary place of employment?" mark "Yes" on the form for your primary place of employment. For the forms for the other districts, mark “No” and then write in the name of your primary place of employment on the blank provided for this purpose.
c. Do not fill in dues amounts on the forms.
d. Submit the completed forms via any of the three methods listed on this website. CTA will use the forms to verify your member status and to communicate with the appropriate local associations to adjust payroll deductions.
Your primary place of employment will then become the only district deducting CCA/CTA/NEA dues. Only local dues will be deducted from your non-primary places of employment. If you are entitled to a refund from CCA &/or CTA/NEA, CTA will issue you a refund.
10. What should I do if prefer to be a fee payer without membership benefits and I work in several CTA affiliated institutions? How do I prevent CCA/CTA/NEA fees from being deducted from my paycheck at multiple places of employment?
Before you choose to be a fee payer and not a member, please review the SOCCCDFA, CCA, CTA & NEA websites to be certain you do not want voting rights, legal protections, insurance coverage, and various consumer discounts offered to members.
If, after considering these benefits, you still choose to be a fee payer without member protections and benefits, contact Blake Stephens, Membership Chair, to obtain “Representation/Agency Fee” forms—one for each CTA affiliated institution. (When sending your email to Blake, please include SOCCCDFA in the subject line. Send to: email@example.com)
ONLY include institutions for which you have verified the local union that represents your particular bargaining unit is affiliated with CTA. You can verify this with the institution’s local union or payroll office.
Choose one of the CTA affiliated institutions to be your “primary” place of employment. If you are employed full time at one institution, and part time in the others, the place where you work full time is your primary place of employment. If all of your CTA affiliated employment is part time, select the institution where you have the most frequent and steady work to be classified as your primary place of employment.
Write “Primary Place of Employment” on the form for you primary place of employment. On the other form(s) add a note that identifies the name of the your primary place of employment. For example, if you work mostly at the SOCCCD and more limited hours at MtSAC, you would fill out the form for MtSAC and add the note: “Primary place of employment is SOCCCD.” You would also fill out a form for SOCCCD and write on it “Primary place of employment.”
Do not fill in fee amounts on the forms.
Submit the completed forms via any of the three methods listed on this website. CTA will use the forms to communicate with the appropriate local associations to adjust payroll deductions.
Your primary place of employment will then become the only district deducting CCA/CTA/NEA fees. Only local fees (and possibly CCA fees if your primary place of employment is not a community college) will be deducted from your non-primary places of employment. If you are entitled to a refund from CCA &/or CTA/NEA, CTA will issue you a refund.
11. I already provided information that I work at another district, but payroll still deducted more than $6 in dues or fees from my paycheck.
There are three possible reasons for this:
a. If $25.56 was deducted, most likely CTA was not able to verify that you have a membership in CCA/CTA/NEA through employment at another educational institution. Please contact the local union that represents your bargaining unit at that other educational institution and verify with them that you are already an active member of CTA. It is possible they are affiliated with a different statewide or national union or they are an independent union.
b. If $10.95 was deducted from your paycheck, CTA verified your membership in CTA/NEA, but not CCA (Community College Association). If you believe you have membership in CCA independent of the South Orange County Community College District, please contact the union that represents your bargaining unit at the other community college where you are employed. Perhaps they are not affiliated with CCA.
c. You did not submit this information early enough for CTA and our District Payroll Department to verify your status prior to the deadline to submit payroll data to the Orange County Department of Education for this pay period. If your member status is verified by CTA, the adjustments will be made for the next pay period and CTA will send you a refund for any excess dues or fees you paid.
12. I work less than 3 OSH. Why do I have to pay the same dues as part time faculty who work much more than I do?
- There is no sliding scale for dues, just one rate for part-time faculty. However, if you teach less than 3 OSH in Fall or Spring, you are eligible for dues reimbursement for that semester. Please see the Dues Reimbursement Request Form under "Documents and Links" in the menu bar to the left, which outlines the requirements to receive reimbursement. You must complete the Dues Reimbursement Request Form after your last paycheck for each semester AND you must have submitted a Membership Enrollment Form, which can also be found under "Documents and Links."
13. I understand I can apply for unemployment benefits between terms. How does that work?
14. How do I qualify for the Part-Time Faculty Health Insurance stipend?