Collective Bargaining

Welcome to the collective bargaining page of Human Resources!

The purpose of this page is to:

  • Provide the current status of collective bargaining between the District and the exclusively represented groups;
  • Share information about the overall collective bargaining process; and
  • To post respective labor relations documents.

At the November 15, 2023 Board of Trustees meeting, the District and the Cerritos College Faculty Federation (CCFF) each submitted “sunshine” proposals to initiate negotiations for the contractual period of July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2027 per Administrative Procedure (AP) 2610. 

The District's proposal included intentions to sunshine the following articles:

  • Global changes to the contract to correct and update formatting
  • Article 4 – Assignment
  • Article 5 – Academic Freedom
  • Article 7 – Academic Calendar
  • Article 10 – Health and Welfare Benefits
  • Article 11 – Department Chairs
  • Article 12 – Program Directors
  • Article 13 – Temporary Part-Time Faculty Reemployment/Assignment
  • Article 16 – Evaluations
  • Article 18 – Sick Leave
  • Article 20 – Family Illness Leave
  • Article 21 – Pregnancy Disability Leave
  • Article 25 – Bereavement Leave
  • Article 30 – Grievance Procedures
  • New Article – Due Process

CCFF's proposal included intentions to sunshine the following articles:

  • Article 4 – Assignment
  • Article 5 – Academic Freedom
  • Article 7 – Calendar
  • Article 8 – Salary
  • Article 10 – Benefits
  • Article 11 – Chairs
  • Article 13 – Part-Time Reemployment/Assignment
  • Article 15 – Large Class Pay
  • Article 29 – Reduced Workload Prior to Retirement
  • Article 33 – Parking Permits
  • Article 39 – Travel and Conference

The District and CCFF negotiation teams met on December 1, 2023 to initiate negotiations. The following items were discussed:

  • Introductions of bargaining team and notetakers and meeting housekeeping
  • The district and CCFF agreed that ground rules for negotiations would be set.
  • The district informed CCFF that we would bring forth formal proposed ground rules at a future meeting.
  • The district and CCFF agreed to negotiate in good faith and in a timely manner and discussed tentative negotiation dates and times through the Spring 2024 semester.
  • The district and CCFF informed each other they would both plan to submit initial proposals at the next meeting.

The following items were discussed during negotiations:

The following items were discussed during negotiations:

The following items were discussed during negotiations:

The district and CCFF reached a tentative agreement on Article 29: Reduced Workload Prior to Retirement. Article 29 was updated to state that Administrative Procedure 7210 will be followed for the application process and eligibility.

The following items were discussed during negotiations:

The District submitted the following articles/documents to CCFF:

  • The district informed CCFF that the district had no new articles to propose or articles to return for the current meeting. However, the Due Process article is being worked on, and the modified article will likely be emailed before the next meeting.
  • The district informed CCFF that with the Large Class Pay article they proposed, the district will need to see how it fits into the economic package as a whole.
  • The district informed CCFF that the matter of part-time health insurance is still being addressed, and something will be coming soon. The district continues to receive evolving direction, prompting continued work on the draft article. 
  • The district asked for CCFF’s feedback on how to proceed with Article 29: Reduced Workload Prior to Retirement, which was tentatively agreed upon in the February 2, 2024 meeting. The district and CCFF agreed to proceed with the process of modifying the Administrative Procedure.

CCFF submitted the following articles/documents to the District:

The following items were discussed during negotiations:

The following items were discussed during negotiations:

  • The District submitted the following articles/documents to CCFF:
    • The district shared with CCFF at the beginning of the meeting that the district wants to hold off to the extent possible with bargaining on economic items and put those items in the “parking lot” to address later. The district said that due to the projected deficit at the state budget level, the district wants to err on the side of caution on not create a situation that further the fiscal impacts of the state deficit on the college. The district does intend to negotiate on economic matters since it is under the scope of bargaining, but without having adequate numbers yet on the budget, wants to ensure it is negotiating in good faith and does not over-promise.
    • Article 42: Due Process

  • CCFF asked about extending the pilot program for part-time medical reimbursement during the current Spring semester. The district informed CCFF that we are willing to engage in those conversations, but will need more guidance from the Board of Trustees after the next meeting.

The following items were discussed during negotiations:

The following items were discussed during negotiations:

The following items were discussed during negotiations:

The following items were discussed during negotiations:

The following items were discussed during negotiations:

The following items were discussed during negotiations:

Article 25: Bereavement, was tentatively agreed upon between the District and CCFF. 

It was discussed that there was misunderstanding on the status quo interpretation and application of Article 20: Family Illness. Therefore, additional research will be done on its intent and application before further passing of the article occurs. 

 


Status of Negotiations with California School Employees Association (CSEA)

Contractual Period of July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2027
Status: Initial Bargaining Phase Not Yet Started

 


AT A GLANCE - A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING OVERVIEW

The Stages of Negotiations

 

Key Points to Cerritos Community College District’s Approach to Collective Bargaining

District Commitment

The Cerritos Community College District has obligations to students, the public, employees, and retirees. The District must maintain focus on student success by providing the best possible programs and instruction through the best available faculty and staff.

Other Important Points

In the past, the District could pay for unlimited medical benefits for employees while at the same time providing yearly pay raises. However, times have changed and public pension costs and medical care costs for active and retired employees have increased. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and any new state funding increases the District receives do not cover the District’s annual increases in payroll and benefits costs. Current payroll and benefits costs are $122.5 million (91.46% of total FY21 adopted budget).

As a result, at times the District and its employees must choose between pay raises (in addition to annual step and column increases) or higher medical benefit premium maximums paid by the District.

In the recent past, the District’s classified staff and faculty have agreed to capped limits of the amount the District pays for medical benefit premiums. 

A goal of the District is to have equity between all employee groups:

All employees should have access to healthcare options on the same terms and conditions.