Even with all deliberating put on hold until August, faculty attended another Board of Trustees meeting May 10.
The issue of low wages and poor benefits will not be addressed by North Orange County Community College District board members until next fall. However, that did not stop educators from attending the meeting and speaking out.
At the start of each meeting, audience members were allowed to speak to the board for a total of three minutes. This time, the faculty were not alone in their speeches – students were by their side.
Both past and present Fullerton College students spoke about the hard work and dedication they received from their teachers. This was paired with the unjust rewards they see them attain in the form of small salaries and poor benefits.
Several students shared with the NOCCCD officials that they have started petitions and acquired countless signatures from supportive staff and students.
Even with all deliberations off the table until August, faculty still plan to attend each board meeting. As the debate for a better salary and benefits continues into the fall, faculty remain strong and hopeful that there will be a decision made.