ACE Members,

President’s Message
These update messages are intended to answer the questions, “what is ACE doing?” and, “what do I need to know as a member?” Rarely will I include a information if there isn’t an action or member demand behind it. On a personal action note, next week I’ll be out of the office and away from technology while participating in AIDS/LifeCycle (LINK.) The $5,000+ in funds I’ve raised go toward the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (LINK) to promote health, wellness, and social justice for communities most impact by HIV. It seems fitting to announce as Pride Month beings and especially important to demonstrate solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. During training for the 545-mile event I’ve already ridden with a very supportive group. I do my best communication through actions – “walk the talk.” Raising money for a worthy cause and riding from SF to LA with ~2,000 people hopefully says something supportive.

Pride At Work has an informative “Union Guide to Discussing LGBTQ+ People and Issues” document with language and concepts related to the LGBTQ+ experience in the workplace (LINK.) It’s worth familiarizing yourself with the terminology, or refreshing your understanding, prior to having discussions. The same site also includes model contract language regarding health insurance, leaves of absence, and non-discrimination (LINK) which already appears in our own agreement:

  • Article 18 – Benefits
    • 18.1.4 A dependent shall be defined as the employee’s spouse or domestic partner and any child who is claimed as an allowable dependent on the employee’s federal income tax return.
  • Article 10 – Leaves
    • 10.15 For purposes of this article only, the definition of “immediate family,” when used in connection with any leave provided in this article, shall mean: Husband, wife, domestic partner, mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, grandparent, grandchild, parent-in-law, foster parent, step parent, step child, foster child, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law. “Immediate family” shall also include any relative of the worker, or of the worker’s spouse or domestic partner living in the immediate household of the worker.
  • Article 2 – No Discrimination
    • The District shall not discriminate against a worker based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, union activity or any other legally protected status, or on the, basis of these perceived or based on the association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

LGBTQ+ rights are workers’ rights. The Association of Classified Employees continues to create an environment that is free from discrimination and violence though adding and enforcing actionable language to our agreements. Revisions are planned to our updated 2021-2024 Agreement to change gender specific language to be more inclusive of non-binary gender identities.

June 6th De Anza / Central Services Site Meeting
This meeting will be hosted by VPs of De Anza and Central Services, @Vins Chacko and @William Baldwin. Our attorneys from the Booth Law Group also attend site meetings. They are the best opportunity to communicate amongst members about what’s occurring at each worksite, let the ACE executive board know what’s important to you, and get you questions answered, like:

  • Can my manager/supervisor adjust my schedule to avoid paying overtime? (Um, no. That’s a violation of labor law.)
  • What do I do if the district hasn’t paid me what they’ve agreed to months ago? (File a wage claim – LINK.)
  • What’s the latest on campus safety and panic buttons? (This is its own topic.)

For those who are unable to attend, you can always reach out to an Executive Board Member for an update (LINK.) These update messages sent via email also capture many of the same hot topics that are discussed in site meetings.

Campus Safety
Chief Acosta held a townhall yesterday at Foothill to provide broad answers to questions about campus safety. Some brief takeaways:

  • Campus police has done a great job of responding to threats that are received via email. If you are the recipient of a threat, forward the message to @Daniel Acosta and cc @Scott Olsen. They are taken seriously and investigated.
  • There will be a virtual Run Hide Defend training on Thursday, June 8th from 11am-1pm.  Register (LINK) or email @Joy Garza with questions.
  • There has been an ask for working panic buttons in a number of locations on each campus. At times this can be a departmental budgetary hurdle, but it is worth talking to your supervisor/manager to express the desire for a panic button. Guidance from the FHDA PD on how to respond to a safety emergency suggests other means may be more informative, such as:
    • A 911 call.
    • A 911 call left off the hook.
    • A text message sent to 911.
      • The ability to get more information regarding the emergency helps officers know how to respond and what to look for when they arrive. Panic buttons alone don’t provide supporting information but are an effective tool to notify campus police that they are urgently needed.
  • Each campus also has different systems and devices for automated door locks. This requires coordination between departments and planning during construction. Unfortunately improvements such as these may take a long time due to costs and logistics.
  • Campus behavior intervention teams have also been very successful in addressing potential risks before they become a safety emergency.

Follow-up with @Scott Olsen and we can advocate or investigate plans for hardening a work area. You may also be able to schedule a visit from @Daniel Acosta and/or @Joy Garza for a workplace specific safety assessment.

Unpaid Wages
Members are stepping forward to submit claims with the local labor commissioner but the more of us who file a claim, the brighter and hotter the spotlight shines on the issue. If you aren’t getting paid appropriately, please contact @Scott Olsen, Anthony Booth, or Bradley Booth for more information. Filing these claims demonstrates that this issue is important on behalf our membership. Even if your household can afford to wait for a retroactive payment, many of us cannot. As an incentive, fines are payable to the employee.

Note: Our colleagues in Payroll do wonderful work and provided great workshops on Professional Development Day. To clarify, they work under the direction of management in Human Resources. If you have a payroll issue, please reach out to @Scott Olsen or a steward to assist in resolving it.

In Solidarity,

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