Guild members spent a productive day in Sacramento on CFT Lobby Day (April 29), meeting with legislators to urge passage of bills that will benefit public higher education in the state. Standing (left to right): Natalina Monteiro, Guild Political Director, East; Kathy Holland, Adjunct Issues Committee Co-Chair, Pierce; Marty Hittelman, EBoard Delegate, Emeritus Chapter; Joanne Waddell, Guild President; and Raj Srivinvastan, faculty, LASC. Seated (left to right): Evelyn Escatiola, EBoard Delegate, Grievance Rep, East; Grace Chee, Guild EDD Ombudsperson, West; Renee Berg, Adjunct Issues Committee rep, EBoard alternate, LAVC; Phyllis Eckler, Adjunct Issues Committee Co-Chair, EBoard Delegate, City.
If there ever were any questions as to the value and necessity of a faculty guild, the past few weeks have more than answered them. Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s been going on since the last edition of Read On:
Contract negotiations with the district have continued, and both sides have come to an agreement on a series of articles, and are now moving on to financial issues.
A recent study showed a dramatic increase in certificates awarded to LACCD students, at least partly due to faculty efforts.
The guild welcomed representatives of City College of San Francisco for a series of talks about accreditation, something that impacts all the schools across the state, and there’s another discussion scheduled for May 15.
A contingent of guild members went to Sacramento to participate in Lobby Day, and a group of student interns visited L.A. area state legislatures to express their thoughts on important topics.
As you can see, it’s been a busy time. Read about these efforts and more in the May edition of Read On!!
One of the highlights of the CFT convention was acknowledgement of the Guild’s 50 years of affiliation with AFT. This milestone made me think about the rich legacy that has brought us to this point…how we’ve evolved. It also caused me to reflect on our challenge to continue to expand and stay strong as the voice of faculty in the largest community college district in the country.
The Adjunct Issues Committee held a workshop called “Perks for Adjuncts” on April 28 at Los Angeles City College.
The end of the semester is approaching, which means that adjunct faculty fall unemployed or underemployed, and we can file for unemployment. Unemployment is insurance.
Wednesday, May 28 at the District Office, 770 Wilshire
Come to the Board meeting to show our trustees that faculty deserve a fair contract!
Gather at 2:30 pm outside the Board Meeting Room – Wear your AFT 1521 t-shirt!
On April 25, the Guild honored Ethel McClatchey, a valued union leader, for her dedication and commitment to serving our members for over 50 years. As chapter president of the Emeritus Chapter, she expanded the group from 30 retirees to over 300 today. The celebration was held on the occasion of Ethel's retirement from her position as chapter president. Shown here with the Guild's Chief Grievance Officer Darryl Eckersley, she was presented with a multitude of awards and gifts from Guild colleagues and certificates from public officials. Ethel is truly a "Renaissance Woman"!
In April, AFT 1521’s Student Intern Program organized a bus tour to urge local legislators to support a tax that would help to fund higher education.
The Guild is proud to announce that we received four Communications Awards at the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) Convention held in Los Angeles on March 21-23. These awards were given in the category for locals with more than 500 members.
2nd place: Best Flyer or Poster: Defending a Quality Education (Tina Epherson, Guild Office)
2nd place: Best Email Newsletter (Deborah Kaye, editor; Cherri Senders, Managing Editor)
3rd place: Best Bulletin Series – Loud and Clear (Lou Siegel (Trade-Tech), Labor Liaison)
Honorable Mention: Best Original Art or Photograph – Culinary Arts Faculty Salute AFT 1521 (Tina Epherson, Guild Office)
Volunteers are needed to help sort all of the food that the United States Post Office collects during its may 10 food drive. To lend a hand, click on Read More to see the flyer!.
CalSTRS Funding – Hearings in Sacramento
The third of three legislative hearings on CalSTRS funding was held on April 9th. As you may recall from my March report, the first hearing focused on CalSTRS staff presenting a general history of the unfunded liability at CalSTRS.
Motions Passed at Executive Board Meeting on March 18, 2014
Approved the 2014-15 Guild budget
Accepted the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor endorsements with three exceptions (endorse Sheila Kuehl for County Supervisor District 3, make no recommendation for Senate District 34, and make no recommendation for Assembly District 57)