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      ACCJC Denies CCSF Accreditation
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United Professors of Marin has represented teachers, counselors, librarians and other non-administrative certificated employees at the College of Marin for more than 37 years. Unit members include both full time and part time employees who serve students at the Kentfield and Indian Valley Campuses in Marin County, California.


 IMPORTANT! Medical Benefits Update   
Since January 2014 end of month payroll, the District has funded the cost of the current premium rate increase for the new plan year effective February 1, 2014 for Kaiser and Health Net coverage, at a cost of approximately $150,000 to date. However, effective with the April 2014 paychecks which are paid on April 30, 2014, the District will no longer be able to cover the cost of the rate increase over the cap of $1784.79.

The District, with input from the Employee Benefit Advisory Group, is joining the Self Insured Schools of California (SISC), effective 7/1/2014. SISC will help to control medical premium rates and provides District employees with more Kaiser and non-Kaiser medical coverage options. SISC includes the Kaiser plan, but replaces the Health Net plan with a comparable, lower cost Blue Shield plan.

In accordance with the Affordable Care Act, the District must notify active employees 60 days in advance of proposed medical plan changes and retired employees 45 days in advance of planned changes. Employees must also complete an application for new coverage prior to the plan effective date.

For those employees who elect to change their medical plan coverage, the District will conduct an Open Enrollment in May 2014 for the medical plan effective date of July 1, 2014, and an additional Open enrollment in October/November 2014 for the February 2015 renewal date.

As requested by the Employee Benefit Advisory Committee, SISC medical plan options will be reviewed with employees at the beginning of May. The Open Enrollment period will be finalized by next week and announced shortly thereafter.

For more information about SISC and medical plan options:
http://www.marin.edu/WORD-PPT/PDFApril2014BenefitOverviewforCOMBoardfinaslversion.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact the following UPM reps:
Bonnie Borenstein or Laurie Ordin


 New Links & Benefits Page   
The Benefits page has been updated to include additional links that can be helpful to the UPM Full-time and Part-time members, including links to: AFT; CalSTRS; Union Plus; and "How to read your paycheck" (AFT link).
More to come!



National Badass Teacher Organization  
"This is for every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality, and refuses to accept assessments, tests and evaluations imposed by those who have contempt for real teaching and learning."

Join the discussion: www.badassteacher.org

 Information for Part Timers: Unemployment Benefits  
If you are a part-time community college instructor, you are entitled to receive unemployment benefits between semesters and during the summer break when you are not teaching. Click the View Details link for more information. [View details]


 CFT and AFT local 2121 oppose ACCJC decision to deny accreditation to CCS  
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) on July 3rd ordered the closure of California's largest college and a beacon of higher education in America’s most progressive and prosperous cities. The City College of San Francisco (CCSF) serves 90,000 students and has produced the thousands of thousands of police officers, firefighters, nurses and teachers who protect and serve our communities. This outrageous, ill-conceived and unprecedented decision will have a harsh, immediate and irreversible impact on the academic future of current students and will undermine the achievements of College alumni.

UPM President Lauie Ordin urges all union members and concerned community activists to write letter to the local papers such as the Chronicle and the Marin IJ protesting the unprecidated and destructive actions of the ACCJC.    [View details]


 Material for the UPM Website & Newsletter   
UPM members are encouraged to submit material for the membership to access via the UPM Website and/or the UPM Newsletter!

Please provide potential material for the UPM Newsletter to the UPM Newsletter Editor, and/or potential material for the UPM Website to the UPM Executive Secretary for review by the Executive Council members.

You may also use the Contact Form to submit potential material for the Newsletter or Website.

 UPM Suggestions & Comments   
UPM members are highly encouraged to submit comments and/or suggestions for UPM related business (i.e. meetings, contract articles, etc.).
Please use the Contact Form to submit suggestions and/or comments.

                                               IN DEFENSE OF EDUCATION                                               
The United Professors of Marin join faculty, students and staff at all California Community Colleges, at the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) to defend excellence in and access to higher education across California and on our campus


Updated: 2/15/2014 ~ Contact derek@unitedprofessorsofmarin.org