Rio Hondo College Faculty Association

What is RHCFA? 


The Rio Hondo College Faculty Association is comprised of over 400 full-time and part-time faculty members. About 60% of the members are part-time faculty, ranging from those who teach several classes per term in Communications to hourly instructors who work only a single weekend day teaching a Public Safety class. Since we are involved with higher education, we are part of the  Community College Association (CCA), a group representing about ten thousand college professors in California. In turn, CCA is part of the California Teachers Association (CTA) who serves about three hundred thousand educational professionals in the state. We are also part of the National Education Association (NEA) who represents three million members in the country.

Member Benefits


The Rio Hondo College Faculty Association is an “agency-fee, wall-to-wall union.” This means that all faculty, both full- and part-time, who work at the college pay dues to the Association, whether they are members or not. Non-members can obtain a percentage of their yearly dues returned by completing the paperwork sent to them by CTA in the fall. Beyond this, there are no advantages to not being a member. There are, however, many benefits to being a member as described below.

Members are able to vote in officer elections and for ratification of negotiated agreements, receive benefits such as promotional items and meals at meetings, can run for Association offices, may attend Community College Association conferences, and have greater levels of paid representation in arbitrations with the District.


Since membership in RHCFA also confers membership in the California Teachers Association and National Education Association, members receive a whole slew of additional benefits which include the following:


  • Discounts on travel, theme parks, and entertainment venues
  • Discounts on auto purchases and rentals
  • Travel services
  • Financial services
  • Complimentary life insurance
  • $1 million Educators Employment Liability Insurance


Where do my dues go?


The majority of your dues go to CTA who use the funds for membership benefits (which can be accessed here), advocacy, scholarships, and other purposes related to education. Some of your dues go to CCA and NEA who also provide services and benefits to faculty (NEA benefit information can be found here). A small portion of your dues are retained locally. Note that all faculty at Rio Hondo College pay the same dues, regardless of being a member or not. There is little benefit in not being a member. If you are unsure of your status or want to join, please contact us.

2013-2014

Meeting Dates


September 19, 2013

October 17, 2013

November 21, 2013

February 20, 2014

March 20, 2014

April 17, 2014

May 15, 2014


All meetings are held at 12:45

in the Boardroom


RHCFA 2013-2014

Executive Committee


PresidentKathy Pudelko
Vice-PresidentSergio Guzman
TreasurerJill Pfeiffer
SecretaryMarie Eckstrom
At-Large RepresentativeAda Brown
At-Large RepresentativeDennyse Clark
Past PresidentColin Young
Grievance ChairpersonJim Chandler
CCA Board of GovernorsLynette Nyaggah
CCA Board of GovernorsJulius Thomas
CCA Board of GovernorsAdam Wetsman




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