Contract Ratification

On Friday, December 1, 2017 the final Contract Information Session was held and voting for the new contract concluded. The ballots were counted and the new 2017-2021 AFA Tentative Agreement was overwhelmingly approved by 91% of voters. Thanks to all of the membership who came to vote.

The Tentative Agreement was approved by the Oakton Board of Trustees on Tuesday, December 5 during the regularly scheduled Board meeting.

The AFA Contract is  now official and is in effect for academic years 2017-2018 through 2020-2021.

Contract Ratification Process

Contract Information Sessions and Ratification Vote

The AFA and the College have reached a tentative contract.  The new AFA Contract is subject to ratification by the AFA membership and Oakton Board of Trustees.

The new Contract was emailed to members on Friday, November 17th for review.  Please do not share the draft contract with individuals outside of the AFA.  There will be information sessions for you to discuss the contract and to ask questions about it.  Please send questions about the contract to

All adjunct faculty members are welcome to attend the information sessions.  Copies of the contract and the summary of contract changes will be available at the information sessions for everyone to see.

VOTING on the Contract will be held at each information session. There will be four opportunities to vote.  VOTING will only take place at the information sessions.  We encourage all AFA members to come and vote.  Only AFA members are eligible to vote on the new contract.

Non members who would like to join the Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA): Visit here.

Information sessions and VOTING will be held at the following dates, times and locations.

Day Date Campus Room Time
Tuesday November 28 Des Planes 1608 11:30a.m. -1:45p.m.
Wednesday November 29 Des Plaines 1608 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursday November 30 Skokie (RHC) P103 4-6:30 p.m.
Friday December 1 Skokie (RHC) P103 11:30a.m. – 1:45p.m.

VOTING will only take place at the information sessions.

Vote count will be held after the December 1, 2017 Information session at 2 p.m. in P103, Skokie campus.

Negotiation Update – October 2017

Last Friday, the 13th , we completed negotiations on compensation and other financial
matters. We started at 11:30 a.m. and completed the negotiations at about 7 p.m. While we were organized and prepared for this session, it still felt like we were on the floor of the Stock Exchange. While the discussion between the groups was intense, as it has been at times with other topics, this one came with much more stress for all of us since we began the interest-based process.

We bargained hoping to balance the needs and interests of all our members. Every contract is different and no contract is perfect. This will certainly be true for this contract as well. Although we have completed the formal part of the bargaining process, there are more steps to complete before we can share any results or tentative agreements.

The process for ratification follows:

  1. The Bargaining Teams must complete the writing of the new contract. This will take some time. Then we meet and both teams accept the document or make changes, as necessary.
  2. AFA Bargaining Team will provide members a copy of the new contract indicating the changes from the current contract.
  3. Members will receive notification of days and times information sessions will be held on both campuses. At the meetings we review the most important aspects of the new tentative contract and answer any questions.
  4. Times and location of voting will be provided to members. At the end of voting the administration is notified.
  5. The voting results are provided to the Administration and then is submitted to the Oakton Board of Trustees for approval.

More information will be forthcoming regarding dates and places for the information sessions and voting.

It is very important to remember that only members may vote.

If you are uncertain as to whether you are a member or fair share, please contact us at to determine your status or you may attend the information sessions and join the union as a member in order to vote.

Negotiation Update – August 1, 2017

Negotiations continue. The AFA contract ends on August 18 and we will continue under the old contract until a new one is adopted. Currently we are rapidly approaching the end of our issues that do not require a discussion of budget. When finished we will have at least two town hall meetings to discuss any changes. As we get closer to completion of our bargaining we will provide more information.

Negotiation Update – May 18, 2017

Your AFA negotiating team has started meetings with the administration team. Negotiations have begun with lists of non economic issues from both teams. All of the issues listed will be discussed. As we have mentioned before, details of discussions cannot be shared during negotiations, but there will be general updates on the progress of negotiations.

Issues to be discussed (Non Economic Issues)

Engagement beyond the classroom

Course assignment process

LHE load

Preserving seniority

LHE limits and tracking

Evaluation and Remediation

Collegiality, Equity, and Inclusiveness

Affiliated Adjuncts

Professional Development and Content Currency

Bargaining Survey: Key Findings

Thanks to the 90 of you who took the time to respond to our bargaining survey ian November. Knowing what matters to you will help us to present your concerns to the administration when we sit down to bargain a new contract. A little over a third of our members responded to the survey, and responses were roughly representative of our membership: about half (54%) have taught 10 years or less, half (46%) 11 years or more. We will share some highlights from your written responses later, but here’s a summary of the numerical results:

  • Members want more teaching: Though most respondents (75%) are already teaching at least 6 LHEs regularly, most respondents (72%) would teach more if given the chance.
  • We’re in it for the long haul: 72% of respondents have already been here 6 or more years, but a large majority (64%) expect to teach here at least 6 more years, and 38% expect to continue at least 10 years longer.
  • Adjunct teaching is a career: 44% report part time teaching, at Oakton or elsewhere, as their main income source (an additional 7% have other full-time teaching jobs); only 22% cite pensions or other family members as their main source of income, and a quarter (26%) cite other part-time or full-time non-teaching employment.
  • Adjunct pay is OK, but higher pay is a high priority for most of us. The majority of respondents report being somewhat satisfied (52%) or very satisfied (14%) with pay, but higher pay per LHE was by far the single biggest issue when respondents ranked their priorities: over half named it their number one issue, and two-thirds ranked it first or second.
  • Apart from pay, adjuncts seek a stable and predictable work environment, valuing seniority and job security. Though large majorities reported being at least somewhat satisfied with pay and course scheduling, half are very dissatisfied (30%) or somewhat dissatisfied (20%) with job security. More teaching, a better choice of assignments, and job security all outranked quality-of-life issues like office space, administrative support, and a voice in college governance. Narrative responses paint a similar picture: members want to know our schedule well in advance, and we don’t want to prepare for courses that we lose due to enrollment or being “bumped” by someone else.
  • Most of us get health insurance elsewhere, and are content with it . . .  About half get insurance through a family member (31%) from another family member or another employer (19%). Most of the rest buy insurance on their own (29%); only 12% purchase insurance through Oakton. Most respondents (70%) are content with their current coverage, though about half (53%) aren’t happy about their insurance cost.
  • . . . but we want more affordable options. 49% would consider buying insurance through Oakton if the college subsidized the premium, and 42% would contribute to health savings accounts. Nearly two thirds reported being very dissatisfied (42%) or somewhat dissatisfied (23%) with Oakton’s insurance and benefits coverage.
  • Health insurance is a polarizing issue. More than a quarter of respondents cited health insurance access as one of their top two issues, and an equal number cited this as among their lowest priorities. When members were asked to rank a series of issues in order of importance, health insurance came out in the middle (5th out of 10 issues) largely because it mattered so much to some folks and so little to others.

Share Your Story

To better represent your interests at the bargaining table, we need to hear from you!  Numerical survey results are useful, but flesh-and-blood stories make the case compelling. When you tell us specific details about your life as an Oakton adjunct, we can be more convincing when we share those concerns with administration.

So please write to us and let us know what you’ve experienced – the good, the bad, the infuriating and the memorable. And please let us know who you are – your division and department, and how long you’ve been an Oakton adjunct. (We promise to respect your privacy, and won’t share identifying information with anyone, unless you invite us to).

Negotiating Team Members

AFA negotiating team members will  make every effort to update members about contract negotiations.  We understand that salary and benefits are the main areas of concern for adjuncts, but negotiations include other areas subject to bargaining.  Please review the current contract to get a sense of the breadth of issues that my be covered during negotiations.

Adjunct Faculty Association

  • Cheryl Thayer
  • John Bishop
  • Ruth Whitney
  • Chris Langone
  • Camille Grant  (Illinois Education Association Uniserve Director)

Oakton Community College Administration

  • Mum Martens (Chief Human Resources Officer)
  • Linda Korbel (Dean – Division 3)
  • Ruth Williams (Dean – Division 1)
  • Edwin Chandrasekar (Vice President of Administrative Affairs)
  • Philip Gerner (attorney for Oakton)

Training and Team Planning

AFA team members attended an IEA Negotiations workshop on January 7, 2017.


A member survey was emailed to all Oakton AFA members in November 2016.  90 members filled out the survey with valuable information that will help the negotiation team understand the ideas, thoughts and concerns of members.

Adjunct Focus meetings – drop in to share ideas

Monday, February 13th @ Noon    RHC (Skokie) Room B209
Tuesday, February 14th @ Noon     DP Room 2470
Tuesday, March 21st @ 5:30   RHC (Skokie) Room B209
Tuesday, March 28th @ 5:30   DP Room 2470