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Contract Questions

How many peer evaluations am I required to do?

A question that is asked by many members around the middle of the semester is, “how many evaluations am I required to do?” This question arises as peer evaluations are set up by the Academic Senate, Department Chairs, and Deans. The answer is found in Article 16, Evaluations Procedures.

From Article 16, 2, f.

“A unit member, other than Department Heads, shall not be required to participate in more than two peer reviews per year unless the unit member so agrees. A unit member, other than a Department Head, shall not be required to serve as a peer reviewer during any semester when he/she is being evaluated unless the unit member so agrees.”

What are the consequences of exercising my contract rights?

Unfortunately, many employees believe that standing up for their rights might result in some kind of reprisal or retaliation from an administrator or the District. Members are protected against this kind of action by the Educational Employees Relations Act (EERA).

The language referring to this right to exercise our rights as members of a union is found in the Non-Discrimination article of our contract: Specifically, Article 7B, which reads,

“The District and/or the Association shall not legally impose or threaten to impose reprisals on employees, to discriminate or threaten to discriminate against employees, or otherwise to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees because of their exercise of rights guaranteed by the EERA.”

To see the Educational Employees Relations Act, click here.

SBCCDTA Email Questions

What is SBCCDTA Email?

As part of our move towards online voting, a sbccdta.org email account has been created for every member.

Members should also know that SBCCDTA completely controls our sbccdta.org domain and, therefore, these email accounts have the following advantages over other email accounts:

  • An SBCCDTA email account will NEVER be offered to a 3rd party for marketing purposes
  • Each account has unlimited storage (limits have been set initially but can be changed by requesting more storage space)
  • Accounts are not tied (in any way) to district servers (district can’t snoop on your email)
  • It’s easy to forward your sbccdta email account to another email account
How do I get an SBCCDTA.org email account?

As part of our move towards online voting, a sbccdta.org email account will be created for every member. There will always be some lag times between becoming a member and receiving the member email account, but the intent is to create this accounts as quickly as we can. If you are unsure if you have an account contact your SBCCDTA Vice President (SBCCDTA VPs are the union’s membership chairs) Your college’s SBCCDTA VP should be able to answer any of your membership questions, including questions about email accounts.

How do I access my SBCCDTA.org email account?

SBCCDTA.org email accounts can be reached using any web browser. To gain access to your account go to sbccdta.org/webmail

For those accessing their accounts for the first time, click here to view a document that will guide you through the process.

How do I forward my SBCCDTA.org email account to another email address?

If you would like to receive your SBCCDTA.org emails through another account, you can do that!

Click here, to view a document that guides you through the process of forwarding your SBCCDTA.org email to another account.

General Questions

Can I be represented by the union in a meeting with management?

In 1975, U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the ‘Weingarten’ case, that employees have the right to representation in a meeting that they (the member) believe could lead to disciplinary action. Should members ever feel that they are in such a meeting with a supervisor, they should say something like this,

“If my response to your questions could lead to my being disciplined, I request union representation at this meeting, and that the meeting be postponed until my union representative arrives.”

Once members have made this request their supervisor has two options:

Wait for the union representative to arrive
Call off the interview and proceed with the investigation without the benefit of the employee’s input. (source: cca4me.org)
Actually, there is a third option. The supervisor can ignore the member’s request for representation and continue the meeting even though this violates a member’s rights. If this occurs members should understand that leaving the meeting could be seen as an act of insubordination. Before continuing the member should declare,

“I want you to understand, I am attending this meeting under duress so as not to be seen as insubordinate, but as soon as I finish this meeting I will contact my union representative to seek legal action against the district.”

There are others nuances to Weingarten, but the ability of union members to receive support and representation from their union is not negotiable. If a member ever feels uncomfortable about the course a meeting is taking they should stop the meeting and invoke their Weingarten rights.

To learn more about the Weingarten decision and your rights as an employee visit these links on the Community College Association (CCA) website:

To see the Weingarten Basic Rights Overview, click here.

To see your Weingarten Basic rights from CTA Legal, click here.

You can also contact your Executive Board members or Grievance Representatives if you have any further questions on Weingarten.

Membership Questions

How do I apply for membership?

How to get a membership form:

  1. Get a membership form either contact your campus Vice President, or get an online form by clicking here
  2. Complete the form
  3. Return the form to your campus Vice President or another member of your Executive Board.
  4. You’re done…you’ll soon receive a signed copy of the form and you union card in the mail.
Membership Myth: I’m a PT faculty, so the union doesn’t really value my membership.

Fact:  Oh yes we do. SBCCDTA is a wall-to-wall unit, which means ALL faculty (PT and FT) are bargaining unit members. Your voice does matter. Another benefit of being an active member is the right to vote in union elections at the local, state, and national levels (one person, one vote). At the local level, we hold elections for positions on the Executive Board, and ratification votes for our collective bargaining agreement. Both the District and the union have opened articles in the contract this year, and negotiations have begun. If you are not an active member, then you miss the opportunity to vote!

Membership Myth: All faculty can vote in an election.

Many faculty think they are active members, when in fact they are not…we’re trying hard to get the message out.

Myth:  All faculty may vote in union elections and for ratification of tentative agreements.

Fact: All faculty (FT and PT) are potentially eligible, when the bargaining unit brings something to a vote. Which types of issues require a vote? Examples include elections for Executive Board positions or ratification of a tentative agreement resulting from bargaining (e.g., involving wages, benefits, other contract language, etc.). However, only active members shall be permitted to vote. Furthermore, PT and FT members have equal representation (one person = one vote), so every vote really does count. In order to become active and exercise your right to vote, you must fill out a membership form. If you have not received your CTA membership card for the current academic year, please let us know right away, because it is likely that you are not an active member. Keep in mind, that membership becomes active on the date you sign the form. This means that if you do not receive a ballot for a particular election, then contact us immediately so that you can apply for membership and be permitted to cast a vote.


Membership Myth: lf I become an active member my dues will increase.

Many faculty think they are active members, when in fact they are not…we’re trying hard to get the message out.

Myth: If I become an active member, then my dues will increase.

Fact: Your dues deductions will remain the same. Fee-payers do not receive the benefits of membership, but do have an opportunity each Fall to request a partial rebate, in response to a mailing sent directly by CTA.

Our 2015-16 dues are $99.40/mo for FT faculty, and $29.93/mo for PT faculty, if working for our District only and no other schools. PT active members may be eligible for a reduction in dues if also working for another College District ($1.00/mo) or K-12 district ($5.95/mo). These reductions are significant, because you are only supposed to pay NEA/CTA/CCA* dues once. If you think you may qualify for a reduction, please let us know right away.

To visit the National Education Association (NEA) website, click here.

TO visit the California Teachers Association (CTA) website, click here.

To visit the Community College Association (CCA), click here.


Membership Myth: Why hurry? Membership forms take a long time to process.

Membership Myth:  What’s the hurry? If I fill out the membership form today, it still takes a long time for CTA to process it.

Fact:  You become an active member as of the date you sign the form. Which means you are eligible to receive the benefits of membership beginning on the date you sign the form. We send the information to CTA within a day or two of receiving your completed application, and it typically takes CTA a few weeks to process the application and send you your membership card.

To get a membership form, click here.

Membership Myth: I didn’t get a membership card, but I’m still a member because I pay dues.

Fact: All active members receive membership cards. We generally send out two or three mass mailings in September/October, when CTA sends the bulk of the cards for continuing members. As faculty sign up during the rest of the year, we send out those cards as we receive them. If you are a continuing member and have not received your membership card, please let us know.

Membership Myth: I don’t really think I need the membership benefits.

Fact: Yes you do. One of the most important benefits of being an active member is the Educators Employment Liability insurance (up to $1,000,000), which is an automatic benefit at no extra cost and begins the date you sign the membership form. Every CTA member receives coverage for legal defense costs in lawsuits arising out of his or her educational employment activities. Fee-payers receive extremely limited protection. Other CTA benefits and NEA benefits are also available.

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