Dear Scotty,

Looking over contracts and working conditions manuals is a hobby of mine. I noticed that the Full-time Faculty contract has things like LHE, discipline factors, performance factors, and contact hours. There are many formulas that make the information confus...

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I’ve had the pleasure of seeing many fellow faculty in one of the FLEX workshops related to pensions, retirement, and sick leave/banking LHE. However, because there are so many good workshops during flex week, I wanted to pass alon...

Dear Scotty,

There seems to be some problems with the way I bank my hours for overload, and I wanted to see if you could give me some insight. I got an email from payroll with something that looks like a spreadsheet with my banked hours on it, and now I’m confused. For...

Dear Scotty,
 

I’m pretty new to MiraCosta and was just wondering if you have any advice about how to blend in better. Currently, when I go to events, I use the “My Name Is” sticker name tag that I got at a recent conference so everyone knows who I am. Unfortunately, it...

Dear Scotty,

I’m crushed! It’s now March and I had money left over in my account to use for medical expenses, but I didn’t spend all of it by December 2018. Your letter to Hain Quilliams in November said that all the money goes back to the District at the end of the yea...

The 2018-19 FA Budget

If you would like to see how the Faculty Assembly membership dollars are spent, you can check out the 2018-19 budget that was just released for the 10/1/18 - 9/30/19 fiscal year.

Dear Scotty,
 

I was working through my benefit selection page and checked my NBS account to see if there was any money left over from the past year. The numbers didn’t match the form I submitted last year and my paycheck amounts are higher than they should be. And then...

(The following was originally published in October 2016. October 2018 updates are available at the bottom of this page.)

Dear Scotty,

I logged into calstrs.com to check my annual information, just like you said at the retirement workshop, but there were some weird things...

Dear Scotty,

I recently got into a great at-home business and really want to share my product with everyone. I’m sure once they try it, they will love it and keep buying more. Plus, the added income will help me reach my retirement goals more quickly. Since I encounter...

Dear Scotty,

I had put in paperwork to go to a conference in November, and it seems that the travel requests have gone through a number of iterations. In July, my dean informed me that the amount had moved from $40 per day to $50 per day with no receipts, but it was onl...

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