ACE Members,

ACE Election Results
Huge thank you to @Shawna Santiago for running the election so well 👏 We sincerely appreciate those who accepted their nomination for a position on the ACE executive board and those who participated by voting. In case you missed the results last Friday, the are on our website (LINK.) Newly elected board members will begin their two-year terms on January 1st, 2023 – Congratulations to Stacey Carrasco, Thomas Marks, Angelica Esquivel, Erika Flores, Phuong Tran, Shawna Santiago, and Kathy Nguyen.

Mask Policy Meet & Confer Results
On Wednesday, November 9th, ACE and District Human Resources representatives met to bargain the impact of the Chancellor’s abrupt policy change. It was agreed that members can individually post signage or verbally request that masks be worn in their work areas. If you are met with resistance, notify your manager/supervisor/administrator. You do not need to disclose your personal need for a mask to be worn but know that you do have the support of Human Resources in cases such as where a person in you are in close contact with is in a high risk category when contracting covid (immunocompromised, too young to be vaccinated, etc..) If an employee has a medical condition accommodations can be made. Contact an ACE Steward if needed.

FHDA CCD’s current overall policy making masks optional aligns with guidance from Santa Clara County (LINK) and the Center for Disease Control (LINK).

We appreciate the Marietta Harris and Ray Quan working collaboratively with ACE to develop practices that create a safe working environment. This meeting fulfills the requirement by our contract agreement to meet with ACE. As such we will withdraw our unfair labor practice and grievance.

As a reminder, COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave provides covered employees up to 80 hours of COVID-19 related paid leave, with up to 40 of those hours for isolation & quarantine, receiving vaccines, and caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed and up to an additional 40 of those hours available only when an employee, or family member for whom the employee provides care, tests positive for COVID-19. Review the department of industrial relations frequently asked questions for more information (LINK.)

The leave covers Jan 1, 2022 through Dec 31, 2022. COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave is retroactive to January 1, 2022, which means that covered employees who took qualifying leave between January 1, 2022 and February 19, 2022, can request payment for that leave if it was not paid by the employer in the amount that is required under this law.

Free Flu Shots at De Anza Health Services
Today at 10 am until Noon, ACE members Erika Martinez Meraz, Tara Chan, and Rosa-Ann Fragoza will be providing free flu vaccines to students and employees. If you can’t make it today, Wednesday, Dec 7th is the last drop in event. (LINK) to more details.

Future ACE updates should be much less cold and flu centric🤞

Veteran’s Day Holiday
Contract information has been added to your calendars and time has been blocked off as a reminder of tomorrow’s holiday. What are your thoughts on this? Should we do the same for the rest of the district holiday schedule? Let us know at a site meeting or respond via email.

Thank you to those who’ve served in the military. I encourage members to participate in local events honoring veterans, visit your local veterans memorial, or volunteer your time to show support.

In Solidarity,

Scott Olsen (he/him) | ACE President |
650-949-7789 | M-F 8:00am-5:00pm