May 2014


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.

The Work We Do

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!!


Guild News

Fair Accreditation

Accreditation Battle Not Just a Bay Area Struggle: 1521 passes resolution, event planned for May 15

On May 5, over 60 faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community members attended an event at Valley College on the battle for survival being waged by City College of San Francisco (CCSF).

 

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2014 Benefits and Retirement Conference

The 12th Benefits and Retirement Conference drew 271 faculty to Los Angeles City College on May 9 for workshops addressing how to be fully prepared for retirement. Speakers included CalSTRS CEO Jack Ehnes, CalSTRS counselors, and former Joint Labor-Management Benefits (JLMBC) Chair Susan Aminoff.

 

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Election Results Are In

The 2014 preliminary election results are in for AFT 1521, both for district-wide officers and campus positions. While a couple of the races were so close they will require runoffs, all other seats have been decided.

 

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Negotiations Update

Faculty Guild, District Tentatively Agree on Articles

At the April Executive Board Meeting, lead negotiator for the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild 1521 Armida Ornelas announced that her team has come to a tentative agreement with the Los Angeles Community College District on a number of articles.

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District Keeps Too Much Funding in Reserves

How much money is too much money for a district to keep in reserves? Try 12 percent. Or $66 million. Last year the Los Angeles Community College District ran up an ending balance of $66.7 million, reported John McDowell, AFT 1521’s Director of Government Relations. “That is almost three times the needed amount and it is also the projected number for this year,” said McDowell.

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Faculty Efforts Benefit Students

Although the news we hear about our colleges is sometimes cause for concern -- accreditation sanctions, budget deficits, administrative turnover – there are also reasons to celebrate.

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 President's Message
Celebrating 50 years of union activism in the LACCD

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.

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 Adjunct Faculty News
Perks for Adjunct Faculty & More

The Adjunct Issues Committee held a workshop called “Perks for Adjuncts” on April 28 at Los Angeles City College.

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EDD Step by Step
Unemployment- Step by Step!

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.

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Updates

TAKE ACTION

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!

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Ethel McClatchey Retires

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"!

 

Building For the Future

COPE held a training and membership mobilization conference at trade tech on May 2.

 

Fighting for Higher Education Funding

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.

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CFT Awards

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)

 

Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Sorting!

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!.

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Hot Topics in Retirement

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.

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Summary of EBoard Motions

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)