PCCFA General Meeting – Special Presentation on Understanding your Paycheck, Thurs. March 19 at 12PM, Harbeson Hall

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2d5f281You are cordially invited to a special General Meeting of the PCC Faculty Association. We are pleased to announce that Joseph Simoneschi-Sloan, Executive Director of Business Services, will be giving a special presentation on understanding your paycheck as well as answer any of your questions. We hope that you can join us!

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Harbeson Hall

Please note: For individuals who cannot attend, this event will be taped and uploaded to this website.

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TO:                  Pasadena City College Faculty Association Members

FROM:             Joe Simoneschi, Acting Senior Vice President / Assistant Superintendent


On February 18, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Pasadena Area Community College District approved salary increases for the Pasadena City College Faculty Association (PCCFA). The following chart provides the effective dates and percentage increases:

Effective Date Percentage Increase
July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013 (Retroactive) 2%
July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 (Retroactive) 2.79%
July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015 (Current Fiscal Year) 3%
July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 3%, Plus Additional 1% for Adjunct Faculty

Currently, the Offices of Human Resources and Payroll are updating the pay schedule tables for the affected groups and anticipate finalizing our internal and external process with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) over the course of the next few months. The following chart provides the dates that the retroactive payments (actual hard checks) will be in the Payroll Office for employee pick-up:

Effective Date Date of Hard Check Pick-Up
July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013 (Retroactive) March 23, 2015
July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 (Retroactive) April 20, 2015
July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015 (To Date) May 18, 2015* **

*This hard check will cover the dates of July 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015. The remainder of the fiscal year payments (increases) will show on the actual checks received on normal pay dates.

**It should be noted that if the coordination efforts that the Offices of Human Resources and Payroll, and LACOE are able to expedite the processing of increases, the period of payment may change to an earlier date. We will communicate this as more information is received. In addition, the Payroll Office anticipates putting in the envelope of each hard check, a memo that explains the period of time the hard check covers.

Things you should be aware of:

  • LACOE does not allow for Direct Deposit on non-standard increases so actual checks will be ready for pick-up no later than the dates outlined above under “Date of Hard Check Pick-Up.”
  • If hard checks are not picked-up by the employee the hard check is made payable to by the end of the third (3) business day, the checks will be mailed to the employee at the address on file with the Office of Human Resources.
  • Retroactive increases are subject to taxes and other statutory deductions (Social Security, Medicare, PERS, STRS, etc.).
  • Taxes are calculated based on the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) aggregate method, which means taxes may be higher on the retroactive payments. Reconciliation of actual taxes owed occurs when year-end tax filings are made with the Federal and State government.

No later than June 1, 2015, all internal timekeeping systems (Kronos) and pay warrants (stubs) will reflect the new rates including the compounded 7.79%.

The Board of Trustees and Interim President would like to extend their appreciation for your dedication to our students and the District during this time, and look forward to a continued partnership.

If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me at
(626) 585-7529 or via email at jwsimoneschi@pasadena.edu, Diane Mandrafina, Director of Fiscal Services, at (626) 585-7716 or via email at dmandrafina@pasadena.edu, or
Margaret Ory, Supervisor of Payroll at (626) 585-7710 or via email at mkory@pasadena.edu.


All enrollment materials and a letter of resignation must be submitted by April 10, 2015 to participate in SERP.  

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Contract between FA and district approved

Contract between FA and district approved

Trustee Martin and Trustee Fellow discussing their agreement with the Faculty Association at the Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, February 18 in the Creveling Lounge. (Kristen Luna/ Courier)

As expected, the agreement between the PCC Faculty Association and the Pasadena Area Community College District was passed unanimously at Wednesday evening’s Board of Trustees’ meeting following the ratification of the document by 98 percent of the voting faculty.

Among other things, the new contract would compensate the faculty with an annual raise dating back to the 2012-13 academic year through the current academic year. This will be the first raise the PCC faculty has received since 2007 and breaks down to an increase in salary of 2 percent for 2012-13, 2.79 percent for 2013-14, 3 percent for 2014-15, and 3 percent for 2015-16 with an additional 1 percent raise for adjunct faculty.

“I hope the Faculty Association appreciates what this board has done,” said Trustee Anthony Fellow.

To which FA President Julie Kiotas responded, “The faculty believes that this is a fair contract, and long overdue.”

This agreement marks the end of an extremely turbulent bout between the two parties that lasted for years. As each motion passed, the entire room breathed a noticeable sigh of relief.

Trustee John Martin asked for a 20 second period to reflect on the matter because he was so glad that it was over.

“I’m just very grateful,” Martin added before the board moved on to the next item on the agenda.

Source: http://www.pcccourier.com/2015/02/19/contract/

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PCCFA/PACCD Tentative Agreement (2013-2016) Summary

PCCFA Tentative Agreement Summary


Salary increases are retroactive and annual.

Intersession and overload schedules will not be increased.

Schedules for, Contract Monthly,  Contract Monthly Nonteaching Adjunct, Credit Nonteaching, Adjunct Credit Semester,  Adjunct Noncredit will increase by:
2012-2013                           2%
2013-2014 2.79%
2014-2015 3%
2015-2016 3% (Contract Monthly, Contract Monthly Nonteaching)


4% (Adjunct Credit Nonteaching, Adjunct Credit Semester, Adjunct Noncredit)




  2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
BASE SALARY $75,000.00 $76,500.00 $78,634.35 $80,993.00
Proposed Increase 2.00% 2.79% 3.00% 3.00%
Yearly Increase $1,500.00 $2,134.35 $2,359.03 $2,429.79
New Base Salary $76,500.00 $78,634.35 $80,993.38 $83,422.79




  2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
Adjunct Rate $75.00 $76.50 $78.63 $80.99
Proposed Increase 2.00% 2.79% 3.00% 4.00%
Hourly Increase $1.50 $2.13 $2.36 $3.24
New Hourly Rate $76.50 $78.63 $80.99 $84.23


Adjunct Office Hours will increase from 6 hours paid per semester to 8 in Fall 2015.


Medical Insurance – the District’s contribution to employee medical insurance will be capped at $1,772.34/month, which is 5% above the current premium.


Other Fringe Benefits, such as dental vision, and life insurance, will be included in the contract.
Retirement Incentive of 75% of 14/15 base salary according to PARS plan will be offered to employees  meeting the following criteria:
  • Employed by PCC as of 2/18/15


  • 5 full-time years of service as of 6/30/15


  • 55 years of age as of 6/30/15


  • Resign from PCC as of 6/30/15


  • Retire under STRS or PERS as of 7/1/15



Separate MOU for 12/13 raise


Term of Contract is from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016.  


Adjunct Rehire Rights become effective in Fall 2015.  Adjuncts who have 6 semesters (not intersession) of employment and most recent performance evaluations that are satisfactory will have first consideration for an available similar course to those previously taught.


FA Reassigned Time will increase from 1.2FTEs to 3.0 FTEs in Fall 2015.


A list of unit members will be provided to the FA each semester.


A Chair Study Committee will meet to identify and discuss potential bargaining issues related to possible implementation of a Chair system.



  • Ratification voting will be conducted online from February 4, 2015 until February 11, 2015. Voting members will receive an email with further instructions along with:
    • Actual contract language
    • PowerPoint Summary
    • This summary sheet
    • A link to vote online to ratify the contract


  • You must be a member to vote on the contract. To check your membership status, please call (626) 585-7261 or email at facultyassociation@gmail.com.


  • To become a member please visit:



  • The Faculty Association fully supports this Agreement and urges all its members, both full and adjunct faculty, to ratify this contract by casting your vote this coming week. If you do not receive voting instructions via email, call FA office immediately.  If you have any additional questions, or would like more information about the contract, call the FA office at (626) 585-7261 or email at facultyassociation@gmail.com
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Pasadena City College paid Oscar-winning screenwriter not to sue

Pasadena City College leaders agreed to pay Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black nearly $26,000 not to sue the school after it rescinded an invitation for him to be the commencement speaker earlier this year, according to copy of the settlement agreement obtained by The Times.

A college trustee originally asked Black, who graduated from the school in 1994 and wrote the screenplay “Milk,”to address graduates during their May 9 graduation. But other college leaders later withdrew the invitation, saying they were concerned that images from a stolen sex video with Black that had been posted on the Internet could harm the school’s reputation, according the school’s student newspaper.

More of this story: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pasadena-city-college-settlement-with-screenwriter-20141014-story.html

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Education groups won’t back rainy day fund

Education groups won’t back rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown won’t have key education groups helping him make the case to voters for a bigger and more restrictive state rainy day fund. The most he can count on is that they won’t actively campaign against it.

Organizations representing school district financial officers (California Association of School Business Officials) and school superintendents and principals (Association of California School Administrators) voted during the summer to officially oppose Brown’s Budget Stabilization Account, which will appear on next month’s ballot as Proposition 2. And at a meeting in late September, the board of the California School Boards Association voted not to take a position on the proposition. That decision was actually good news for the governor, since at a press conference in May, association President Josephine Lucey vowed to push her board to fight the proposal.

More of this story at: http://edsource.org/2014/education-groups-wont-back-rainy-day-fund/68216#.VDWIcGc7uSq

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Key ruling finds that City College’s accreditors violated the law, as Oct. 27 trial looms

Key ruling finds that City College’s accreditors violated the law, as Oct. 27 trial looms

Herrera is ‘grateful for a decision that should help disabuse accreditors of the arrogant notion that their violations are somehow beyond the reach of California law’Key ruling finds that City College’s accreditors

More of this story at: http://www.faccc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ccsf_sumadjud_ruling.pdf

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Doubts About MOOCs Continue to Rise, Survey Finds

Doubts About MOOCs Continue to Rise, Survey Finds

Academic leaders increasingly think that massive open online courses are not sustainable for the institutions that offer them and will “cause confusion about higher-education degrees,” according to the results of an annual survey.

The Babson Survey Research Group has charted the growth of online education annually for more than a decade with support from the Sloan Consortium and other partners. The latest survey, conducted last year, asked chief academic officers at 2,831 colleges and universities about online education.

The findings, released in a report on Wednesday, reveal a growing skepticism among academic leaders about the promise of MOOCs. The report also suggests that conventional, tuition-based online education is still growing, although not as swiftly as in past years.

More of the story: http://chronicle.com/article/Doubts-About-MOOCs-Continue-to/144007

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PCC accused of violating open-meeting laws

PCC accused of violating open-meeting laws


A lawsuit filed on Thursday by a nonprofit group will seek a court-ordered reversal of former president Mark Rocha’s $400,000 severance package, alleging that the Board of Trustees violated open-meetings laws.

Californians Aware, the group suing the school, claims that the Board hid the discussion of the severance package under the title of “anticipated litigation” on its closed session agenda items.

More of the story: http://www.pcccourier.com/2014/09/29/breaking-pcc-accused-of-violating-open-meeting-laws/

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Former VP sues school for breached contract

Former VP sues school for breached contract

Rick Van Pelt explains about the structure of the E building at The Forum on Tuesday. Nov. 2,2010. (Daniel Nerio/Courier)

Former Vice President Richard van Pelt filed a lawsuit against PCC on Thursday, alleging that the district breached his contract and failed to reimburse his business expenses while employed by the school, according to court documents.

The suit claims that van Pelt is owed at least $185,000 in severance pay for the time he was on administrative leave until he was “wrongfully” terminated, which was about a year ago, according to the suit…

Story continues at: http://www.pcccourier.com/2014/09/30/breaking-former-vp-sues-school-for-breached-contract/

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