Local 3486 of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 

union meetings

Register for the Zoom meetings by clicking the following links. 

February 27th, Negotiations Update

The Union Negotiations Team met with the Compton College District Negotiations team on February 27th. In an act of solidarity, over 20 faculty members joined the bargaining session. The Union continued to press its case for a cost of living adjustment of 32% to make up for the lack of COLA received since 2019. The proposed raise would increase over the next three academic years, 16.54% 2023-24, which includes a one time retroactive pay bonus; 8.13% for 2024-25, and 8% 2025-26. This increase would affect all full time and part time faculty members. 

Our rank and file member, Dr. Jesse Mills, shared testimony on the impact of the district’s unwillingness to meet the living standards of our faculty members over the past ten years. Dr. Mills pointed to the significant disparity between the growing salary schedule gap of neighboring schools. Dr. Mills pointed to our peers at Long Beach City College and El Camino College, who with similar years of experience, earn 25% and 35% more than Compton College faculty. Dr. Mills made the case that the stagnant salary schedule and ever demanding working conditions of our faculty directly impact faculty performance, and therefore student success. Dr. Mills raised concerns about how the college's budget was managed, particularly criticizing the mismanagement of construction projects and the allocation of funds to increase administrative salaries.

Dr. Mills echoed the concern shared by the Union leadership over the allocation of significant salary increases received by Administrators. In July 2023, the Administrative class received an expanded salary schedule which included an increase of their salaries as well as the introduction of new salary steps, which will dramatically increase their wages in the future. 

See below for the approved Administrative Salary increases. 

New Administrative Salary Schedule

2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025

Salary Increase 181,005 398,069 485,255

Benefit Increase 55,433 123,676 151,264

Total 236,438 521,746 636,519

Typical of the flippant disregard of the points brought forth by the Union, that rightfully criticize the District’s budget decision making process, the topic was avoided and disregarded by their chief negotiator. 

The District responded through Dr. Abdul Nasser, VP of Administrative Services, on the points of compensation. Dr. Nasser presented data on budget projections made by his office in consultation with the District. Dr. Nasser stressed that financial decisions are made with the future health of the institution in mind. He pointed to the “competing” priorities that the school is facing and implied that any significant change to faculty’s pay would result in financial instability, direct harm to student services, and the halting of the construction of buildings - which have already been delayed due to poor management from his office. The Union demanded additional information be provided to evaluate and provide a forensic accounting analysis of that data. The E-Board will be reaching out to our CFT and AFT partners to receive support to provide a forensic accounting analysis of the District proposed budget. We invite all union members to participate in this analysis. 

Only after being pressed continuously, the district agreed to provide an official written response to our demands on health care contributions and other compensation sub articles on March 5, 2024. 

The Union negotiation articles in regards to compensation are:

The Union has requested the District provide the data and further notes on the information presented by Dr. Nasser.

Equity Avenger, Dr. Keith Curry recently stated that budgets, in his view, are “statements of values.” He has stated “I have said on countless occasions that Budgets are statements of values. We can not just stop providing services to students because of declining resources, this is when we become creative, as our students need us more now than ever before.” The Union agrees that services are essential for the success of the school and our community. But that success cannot be achieved without a faculty who are treated with dignity and respect as front line education workers. 

Equity includes faculty. 

We ask that all full time and part time faculty:

Faculty should not bear the burden of mismanagement - we deserve a basic cost of living increase. 

Administrators need us, we do not need administrators!

Faculty Strong! Direct Action Gets the Goods! 

In solidarity, 


 CCCFE and Academic Senate Unity Zoom background

The Vote of No Confidence Resolution has been affirmed and ratified in a landslide victory vote from the Faculty Union, Classified Union, and the Academic Senate bodies at Compton College. We are demanding the immediate termination of Dr. Keith Curry and Sheri Berger from their respective positions. 

The Faculty Union affirmed the Resolution with 93.4% approval, the Academic Senate affirmed with 80% approval, and the Classified Union affirmed the vote with 77% approval. The Compton College constituencies are united in our belief that we need New Leadership Now!

Show your support in the fight for new leadership by uploading and proudly displaying the CCCFE and Academic Senate Unity Zoom background in all your Zoom meetings. Instructions for uploading the Zoom background can be found at this link.  Should you encounter any technical difficulties with uploading the Unity image, please contact the Faculty Union via email at

In Unity,

CCCFE Faculty Union, Classified Union, and Compton College Academic Senate

How to change a zoom background image