Workload Pilot Program

The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) and the San Mate Community College Federation of Teachers Local 1493 AFL-CIO (AFT) 2019-2022 establishes a Workload Pilot Project as specified in Article 6: Workload: 


6.5 WORKLOAD PILOT PROJECT: The District and AFT shall implement a two-year pilot program utilizing the process set forth in this Article for the allocation of professional responsibilities. The pilot program shall be conducted in the 2022-23 and 2023-2024 academic years. During the period of the Pilot, subsection 6.5 supersedes any conflicting provisions of Article 6, and replaces Appendices D-1, D-2 and D-3.” 


First-year contract faculty are not otherwise subject to the terms of this Article, and will work with their deans in taking on an appropriate level/type of professional responsibilities that allows them to focus primarily on teaching. 

Matrix Addendum

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. If a faculty member is on a reduced workload as part of a phase-in retirement plan as described in Article 10.2 of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), or because of other agreed to arrangements (e.g., using banked load, etc.) do they submit a plan with fewer points?

A. Yes. If a faculty member is on a reduced workload, their required number of points on their FPRP should also be reduced proportionately.


Q. If a faculty member is on a partial year leave (e.g., semester long sabbatical), do they submit a plan with fewer points?

A. Yes. If a faculty member is on a semester long leave they should submit a FPRP with fewer points.


Q. If a faculty member is on a non-instructional assignment (i.e, reassigned time, release time) do they still submit an FPRP with the total number of points required for their faculty classification?

A. Yes. If a faculty member is on a non-instructional assignment, they will still submit a FPRP with the total number of points required by their faculty classification. Additionally, any activity that is part of the non-instructional assignment should not be included for points in their FPRP. The Workload Pilot Committee discussed this issue at length, and recognizes that there will be issues that come up because of the nature of the non-instructional assignment and relation to the points matrix. Because this is the first year of the pilot, we are asking folks to see how it goes and provide any feedback to your representatives that needs to be consider for year 2.


Q. If a faculty member receives points for Department Lead, can they also receive points for all other activities on the matrix?

A. Yes. Because the role of Department Lead is not explicitly nor consistently defined across the District, unless receiving release time, faculty assigned to be Department Leads can use any other activities on the matrix to make up their required FPRP point value. The only exception would be if a faculty member is receiving non-instructional assignment (i.e., release time) to perform Department Lead responsibilities, they then would not be able to receive points for that role, and any other activity specifically identified as part of the non-instructional assignment.


Q. Can the point value of activities listed on the grid be changed if a faculty member thinks they are too low for the amount of work performed for that activity?

A. No. If the Activity is identified on the matrix, the point value has been negotiated. However, faculty are encouraged to let their respective College AFT representatives know of any issues related to point values on the matrix so those can be discussed at the end of this two year pilot during negotiations.