Guild Political Director Natalina Montero joins AFT 1521 members as they carry a banner in the MLK Parade on Jan. 20 in downtown LA. Labor has made a point of participating in and being major sponsors for the parade each year since anti-union retail giant Wal-Mart offered to sponsor it on their own in 2004.
Without a doubt, 2014 has started with a bang. The Guild has entered negotiations on its next Collective Bargaining Agreement; Gov. Jerry Brown released his 2014-2015 budget proposal, which includes some good news for community colleges thanks in part to Prop 30; and the City College of San Francisco accreditation fight continues.
As we head into a new semester, there’s more to be done. Our Committee On Political Education (COPE) needs more participation, and our popular intern program promises to be active. As the late Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
As we head into the new semester, I’m pleased to say that throughout the District, things are looking up. Effective July 1, faculty received a well-deserved 3% salary increase. Our students can enroll in more sections (in more sessions) and there is more work for faculty.
The Adjunct Issues Committee (AIC) is holding a workshop on Saturday, Feb. 8th at Valley College entitled “Dealing with Student Issues and Classroom Challenges.” Some of the topics to be discussed are creating an effective syllabus and maintaining discipline.
After part-time faculty apply for unemployment benefits, one of the most commonly asked questions is...
Guild Chief Negotiator Armida Ornelas, President Joanne Waddell, Adjunct Issues Committee Co-Chair Phyllis Eckler, and Dolores Huerta Institute Director Shigueru Tsuha turned out on Nov. 23 to help fundraise for nearly 7,000 homeless vets as part of the annual Homeless Heroes Walk sponsored by United Way.
By Sharon Hendricks, Retirement Liaison
Although the governor’s new state budget proposal did not include specific language addressing long sought-after rate hikes for CalSTRS, he did commit to begin meeting with key constituency groups over the next year to create a plan for long term solvency of the CalSTRS fund. The unfunded liability for CalSTRS is currently approximately $71 billion, and CalSTRS’ actuaries project that the fund will deplete all its assets in about 30 years.
November 19, 2013
Endorsed Tony Mendoza for Senate District 32