Meeting Schedule: (1st & 3rd Friday, ea./month)
The IA is an independent association, not affiliated with any larger collective bargaining organizations such as AFT, CTA, or the AAUP. The IA is a member of the California Community College Independents (CCCI), which is a consortium of other independent, community college bargaining agents from around the state. Currently there are fifteen such independent organizations. Through CCCI, the IA shares information, strategies, and approaches to common issues. Additionally, the President of CCCI represents the Independents on the California Community College Consultation Council in Sacramento, as well as the Council of Faculty Organizations (COFO). Thus, through CCCI, your Instructors' Association has direct input into the policy-making process of the system wide Chancellor and Board of Governors.
SBCC has a long and productive history of shared governance through the Academic Senate. Because of this, faculty interests in the areas of governance, academic policies, and other academic and professional matters are represented through the Senate. The IA focuses on salary, benefits, and working conditions for faculty. Resulting in a "thin" contract. The IA and the Senate maintain a liaison relationship that works to complement the efforts of each body, and in the long run, bring greatest benefit to the faculty and the college.