Members of 1521 showed their concern for a fair contract at a May Board of Trustees meeting.
If we’re sending an edition of Read On in the usually slow summer months, you know something big has happened.
After months of negotiations, we are happy to announce that AFT 1521 and the Los Angeles Community College District have agreed to an across-the-board raise for all faculty and have nearly concluded negotiations for a new contract (with talks on the Master Benefits Article about to begin). You can read details in the story below. This successful outcome couldn’t have been reached without the hard work of both the faculty and management negotiating teams, our faculty members, and those who showed up in force to let the Board of Trustees know we wanted a fair deal.
We continue to see the positive effects of Prop 30 on the District’s financial situation, but we need to stay vigilant to ensure continuing prosperity and growth in the district. We also need to push for adequate funding for public higher education on the statewide level.
In other news, the problems with the regional accrediting commission continues. What happens between City College of San Francisco and the ACCJC will have a far reaching impact, including here in L.A. You can read more about this below as well.
Stay informed, stay engaged, continue to enjoy your summer and read about these efforts and more in the August edition of Read On!!
AFT 1521 received a number of Communications Contest Awards at the AFT convention in L.A.. Awards were for Read On, Pres. Joanne Waddell's column and more! 1st place in the following categories: Best Periodical, Print; Best Periodical, Electronic; Best Non-Periodical; Best Editorial or Column; Best Original Illustration or Photo; Best Design; and Best Website! The Los Angeles College Faculty Guild was also awarded 2nd place in the Best Layout and Best Organizing Materials categories! Guild Recording Secretary Deborah Kaye and Guild President Joanne Waddell are pictured.
Carl Friedlander, former president of the California Federation of Teachers Community College Council, as well as of AFT 1521, received the AFT Higher Education Leadership Award at AFT’s national convention in July. Congratulations!
PHOTO COURTESY RUSS CURTIS/AFT
At its monthly Executive Board Meeting in July, AFT 1521 awarded several scholarships to deserving students enrolled in District colleges. Pictured, clockwise from back, are Robert Fofrich (West L.A. College), Kevin Hale (Pierce), Alexia Johnson (Valley) and Danielle Rodriguez (Southwest). Hale and John Acardo (not pictured), received the Hy Weintraub Scholarship; Rodriguez the Jean Trapnell Scholarship, Zoha Batool (not pictured) the Bill Doyle Scholarship; and Fofrich and Johnson received Guild Foundation scholarships. Each of the awards was for $1,000. Congratulations to our students!
Motions passed at Executive Board Meeting April 15, 2014
Approved a CFT Resolution in Support of Fair Accreditation for California Community Colleges
Approved an MOU on the Development and Implementation of SB1456 Plans
Approved the 2014-15 Executive Council and Executive Board meeting dates
Contributed $500 to the Interstate 5 bus accident funds