Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations


The collective bargaining process is critical to maintaining effective working conditions for all employees. The San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) provides information to keep all employees and the SMCCCD community informed on the process and status of collective bargaining with the District's three employee unions. Please note that negotiation meetings are open only to the bargaining representatives and not to the public or the District community.

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers 1493

Contract: 2022 - 2025 Contract         Accessible Version: 2022 - 2025 Contract UA  

Prior Contract: 2019 - 2022 Contract  

Reopener Negotiations Summary

In February 2024, the District and AFT 1493 reopened the following for negotiations:

  • Article 6: Workload
  • Article 15 and Appendix G: Performance Evaluations
  • MOU: Part-Time Faculty Healthcare

Bargaining Sessions on Reopeners

  • February 29, 2024
  • March 7, 2024
  • March 14, 2024
  • March 19, 2024
  • April 4, 2024
  • April 19, 2024
  • April 25, 2024
  • May 9, 2024
  • May 16, 2024

California School Employees Association and its Chapter 33

Negotiation Summary

On April 25, 2023, the District, CSEA, and its Chapter 33 concluded negotiations on a successor contract. The Board of Trustees ratified the successor contract on May 24, 2023.

Contract: Collective Bargaining Agreement, July 2022 - June 2025   

Translation Stipend Request Form for CSEA Members

Form: Translation Stipend Request Form for CSEA Members

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 829

Negotiation Summary

On June 10, 2022, the District and AFSCME Local 829 concluded negotiations on a successor contract. The Board of Trustees ratified the successor contract on August 24, 2022.

Contract: Current Collective Bargaining Agreement  

Key Collective Bargaining Terms

  • Collective Bargaining: The process by which management and union representatives negotiate the employment conditions for a bargaining unit for a designated period of time. The parties have a mutual obligation to bargain in good faith in an effort to reach agreement with respect to wages, hours, and working conditions. This obligation does not compel either party to agree to a proposal or to make a concession. Commonly referred to as "negotiations" or "contract bargaining." 

  • Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA): The contract embodies the results of the negotiations between the employer and the union and sets forth their agreements.

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU/Side Letter): A formally signed document that serves as an addendum to the collective bargaining agreement. An MOU usually addresses a significant issue that emerged during the term of the agreement, and it represents the mutual understanding between the parties on that issue. An MOU can also be referred to as a memorandum of agreement (MOA), a letter of understanding (LOU), or a letter of agreement (LOA).

  • Supplemental Agreement (SA): An agreement that establishes minor changes to an existing agreement.

  • Sunshine Proposal: A document transmitted at the beginning of a negotiating process defining the intentions of the negotiation. These documents allow the public to provide input on the negotiating process. 

  • Tentative Agreement (TA): The agreement reached through bargaining prior to its ratification or final approval by the negotiators' constituencies.