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by Julie Thompson, Regular Faculty Member in the English Department, AFA President, and Negotiations Team Member

SRJC campus

Dear colleagues:

Welcome back to a new academic year. After several years' worth of budget woes, the District and the State are finally experiencing growth. Read more »

I would also like to invite you to attend two upcoming events, both on Monday, September 30. From 3 to 5 p.m., AFA will host an informal, drop-in Social Mixer in the Doyle Library's Center for New Media, 3rd floor. This is an opportunity for you to meet your AFA representatives, talk to us about the work we do, and explore the possibility of serving with us in the future. Immediately following the Social Mixer, from 5 to 7 p.m., is our fall Adjunct Workshop, where adjunct faculty can get information on Article 16: Hourly Assignments; Article 14B: Adjunct Evaluations; and other aspects of the Contract and budget that are of particular relevance to adjunct faculty. We'll serve refreshments at both events. For those of you in Petaluma, watch for upcoming announcements for a Social Mixer and Adjunct Workshop on the Petaluma Campus (dates to be determined).

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Regular Faculty: It's not too late to submit application materials for the Early Retirement Option (ERO)—due to Human Resources by 5:00 pm, October 1—and to consider the Pre-Retirement Reduction in Workload Program.
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Departments go through the process of developing recommendations for hourly assignments three times a year—for fall, spring, and summer terms. It's a complicated process, and, because we're talking about people's livelihoods, it's important to get it right.
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AFA wants you to have the load that you are contractually entitled to. Do your part to make this happen, and keep an eye on your Outlook account! Read more »
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AFA Publications Workgroup:  Matt Murray Publications Coordinator, Filomena Avila, Paulette Bell, Paula Burks, Terry Ehret, Karen Frindell Teuscher, Jacqueline McGhee, Nikona Mulkovich, Warren Ruud, and Julie Thompson.