November 2013

Guild member Salvador Sanchez (right) joined hundreds of protesters in downtown LA recently to demonstrate against Wal-Mart’s poverty wages. He was one of 54 activists arrested in a peaceful demonstration.

Gearing Up for the New Year

The Guild has been busy this past month, taking the temperature of our members in our negotiations survey, celebrating our faculty at our colleges, agitating for more dollars for education at ReFund California events, protesting poverty wages, and more.

As we wind up another semester, we have much to be thankful for. We are thankful that all our hard work on Prop 30 is beginning to bear fruit. One year later, it’s made a big difference on all of our campuses. Have a great winter break!

Guild News

Survey Produces Suggestions for Negotiations

Negotiations are getting underway. The Guild received 400 surveys from our members and the first thing the Guild negotiating team plans to do is review them.


AFT 1521 Efforts Bring More Collegiality to Mission College

In just over one year, the Guild’s newest chapter president, Louise Barbato, has accomplished what many thought was not possible at Mission College – to change a work environment that was hostile for many years and caused the ACCJC visiting team to issue a recommendation to deal with the problem.


Education Groups Target Prop 13 Corporate Tax Loophole

  • Local 1521 participates in ReFund California actions highlighting millions in lost revenue

Corporations are getting away with murder – and community colleges and other educational institutions are suffering as a result.


Creative Education

  • Three DHLI programs highlight labor-related issues

Three recent programs sponsored by the Dolores Huerta Labor Institute – a pair of talks and a play about Thomas Paine –presented labor-related issues to community college students in engaging, thought-provoking ways.


54 Activists Arrested at Chinatown Wal-Mart Protest

  • AFT 1521 joins hundreds of supporters in stand against low wages

More than 50 people – including three AFT 1521 members – were arrested Nov. 7 during a protest outside the new Chinatown Wal-Mart, demanding that the giant employer pay its workers a livable wage.


 President's Message
Prop 30, One Year Later

"It was just a year ago.” It’s so easy to forget where we were just last year -- preparing for cuts in the fifth consecutive year of cuts that ranged from 3 percent to 7½ percent.


 Adjunct Faculty News
Workshops a Big Success

The third and final Adjunct Issues Committee (AIC) workshop for fall, “Get the Job!” took place at West Los Angeles College on Saturday, November 16.


 EDD Step by Step
How to Fill Out your Unemployment Forms

For part-time faculty, the end of the semester approaching means filling out EDD applications again to receive unemployment benefits.



 Mission Honors its Own
Mission College Faculty are honored at a recognition ceremony by the Guild and the Senate at an AFT chapter meeting on October 29.
 Adjuncts Feted at Mission
Mission College adjunct faculty enjoy dinner and conversation at a Guild-sponsored celebration in their honor.
Pension Reform Threatens Defined Benefits

By Sharon Hendricks, Retirement Liaison

Many times in this column I’ve urged us to pay attention to efforts that seek to undermine the secure retirement that we, as public employees, deserve and have fought to protect.


Summary of EBoard Motions

Approved Sept. 17, 2013
Approved the Guild Committee on Political Education (COPE) report, including endorsements and the LA County Federation of Labor COPE recommendations subject to discussion with local CFT affiliates