Santa Monica College Faculty v. Santa Monica Community CollegeAnnotate this Case
The district and its faculty entered into a collective bargaining agreement that grants part-time, temporary faculty who have taught at least five consecutive semesters a preferential reemployment status that can be revoked, as pertinent here, only upon “written notice” and, as reasonably interpreted by the arbitrators in this case, upon a showing that the faculty member was “guilty of misconduct” as defined in the Education Code. At issue on appeal is whether a community college district’s authority to revoke a part-time, temporary faculty member’s annual reappointment rights is governed by section 87665 of the Education Code or instead by the terms of the collective bargaining agreement negotiated pursuant to section 87482.9. The court concluded that section 87482.9 controls where, as here, a district elects to revoke a faculty member’s reappointment right rather than terminate that faculty member. Accordingly, the court reversed the trial court's order to the contrary, and reinstated the arbitrator's awards for all three faculty members.