The AAFMCC leadership is happy to announce this year’s AAFMCC scholarship recipients.
The 2020-2021 Family Scholarship has been awarded to Vet Tech Major, Miranda Hoskin. Miranda is the daughter of union member, Mark Hoskin, of the Fire Science Department.
The 2020-2021 Community Scholarship has been awarded to Hannah Brisson from MACA.
Please join us in congratulating these worthly recipients.
As many of you know, it looks like there may be less sections than usual being taught next semester, which will hit our unit particularly hard. Many of us that would normally be teaching have not been offered sections, have a reduced load, or are in danger of losing courses.
If you are not teaching next semester, or the number of classes you normally teach has been reduced, you might be able to file for unemployment insurance through the State of Michigan. Even if you work elsewhere, you may still qualify for unemployment so long as your income has been reduced to a level recognized by the state as creating hardship. These are benefits that you have paid into every time you are employed and our unemployment insurance system is designed to help people going through situations like this.
It is possible for nontenure-track faculty to collect unemployment; however, the process can be difficult to navigate. Our local has been working with AFT Michigan and the Sugar Law Center for Social & Economic Justice to develop resources to help members:
We hope you are staying safe and healthy.
We have been working with the College to address all of the “Demand to Bargain” issues that we submitted earlier this fall and shared with you on Sept. 3 (for your reference, a list of those issues are pasted below).
Here is a summary of what we discussed. Some of the issues have been resolved; one issue has been tabled, and the remaining issues on the list are still under discussion/awaiting resolution because either we need more information from The College or we are not happy with the College’s proposed solution.
For now, know that you ARE NOT REQUIRED to participate in Week Zero, and you are NOT REQUIRED to submit your FDHs prior to the start of the semester.
We are continuing to work with the College to address the unresolved issues and will update you as soon as possible.
As always, if you have concerns/issues/potential grieves, please email Grievance Officers Jodi Monday (aafmccgmail.org) and Yvette Griffin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Summary of Bargaining Meetings to Date
Health and Safety Demands - We are tabling the discussion until May in order to have the most current information moving forward for reopening. Members will be getting MIOSHA materials on state standards/complaint process and will be encouraged to contact the union if an issue arises.
Visit the following Michigan.gov resources for more information: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98810-524770--,00.html
4.7 - 4.10
4.14 - At the next meeting, the Union will propose the following LOA (letter of agreement) and will revisit this issue in future semesters if necessary:
The College will not adjust an adjunct teacher’s date of hire on the Adjunct Roster of Candidates nor will an adjunct teacher accumulate any “break in service” time in their discipline during the 2020-2021 Academic Year.
6.1 & 6.2
8.11 & 15.2- PTO/Pay for Committee Service
AAFMCC Demand to Bargain
List of issues submitted to MCC on August 27, 2020
Communicated to AAFMCC via email on Sept. 3
Health and Safety Demands
(union required bargaining)
Adjunct Faculty will not work in an environment wherein administration does not require accurate pandemic /epidemic virus testing and clearance. Self-assessments are not acceptable.
2.1 & 8.12 -- During a pandemic and/or epidemic crisis, The College will establish and enforce the following health and safety protocols for face-to-face instruction:
During a pandemic and/or epidemic crisis The College will maintain the following for Adjunct Faculty: