We’ve had a busy first couple of months as we started this academic year – preparing for negotiations, gearing up for accreditation cycles on our campuses, working for our endorsed candidates, and taking part in actions on issues such as immigration reform and economic justice. Be sure to fill out our online negotiations survey to help us prioritize the issues we will take to the bargaining table. We hope you’ll read in this issue how the California Federation of Teachers, our statewide union, is fighting the rogue accreditation agency that wants to shut down City College of San Francisco and is overstepping its authority with dozens of other California colleges. Read about how hundreds of faculty rallied for immigration reform in Los Angeles on behalf of their students and because it’s the right thing to do.
Several events are coming up this semester – unemployment and collective bargaining workshops as well as guest lecturers. We hope you participate and become active in your union. We are stronger together!
By President Joanne Waddell
Can you win a game by only playing defense? It’s unlikely. But that’s what we’ve been doing – responding to attacks like Prop 32, reacting to actions limiting our funding, or trying to chip away at our hard-fought-for rights, such as through attacks on pensions. It’s time now to go on offense.
Congratulations! Joanne Waddell, president of AFT 1521, is sworn in to the Executive Board of the LA County Federation of Labor, an organization that represents 800,000 union members in Los Angeles.
DHLI has a lot of great events coming up this semester. Please attend and tell your students!
Collective Bargaining Educational Project Workshop
Nov. 5 – LA Valley College
Unemployment Step by Step & How to Calculate Your Salary
Facilitated by Grace Chee, the Guild’s EDD Ombudsperson
• Wednesday, Dec. 11, 4-6 pm (Trade)
• Friday, Dec. 13, 2-4 pm (Pierce)
August 20, 2013
Endorse Sheila Kuehl for LA County Supervisor
Contribute an additional $1100 to Miguel Santiago’s campaign for Assembly District 53