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Tell California’s elected leaders – Invest in community colleges

California’s community colleges are critical to our students’ and our communities’ recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, without immediate action from Sacramento, most of our colleges are facing dire fiscal crises, threatening jobs and undermining our ability to meet the needs of our students and our communities.

Send a letter to California’s elected leaders: Time to invest in our community colleges!

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Support the California Tax on Extreme Wealth!​

Since the beginning of the pandemic last March, while our families and our communities have suffered gut-wrenching pain and loss, billionaires in our state alone have increased their wealth by over half a trillion dollars.

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Pass the American Workforce Rescue Act
Support the Biden plan to provide more COVID-19 relief for the millions in need

Write to Congress right now and urge your elected representatives to support the American Workforce Rescue Act

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and their team have been working at a furious pace to identify what needs to happen fast — to contain the coronavirus, to get our country vaccinated, to help struggling Americans and their communities, and to start reversing the discriminatory, hate-driven executive actions of the last four years. But Biden and Harris cannot do it alone. Now is the time for us to roll up our sleeves and work together to build back better.

There’s no better way to start this work than by passing the $1.9 trillion rescue bill Biden proposed last week — the American Workforce Rescue Act. It’s the Biden plan to curb the coronavirus, get the country vaccinated and invest resources where they are needed most, including billions for states, schools and localities.

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CFT encourages your vote for fellow members at Assembly District Election Meetings!
Deadline extended: Your ADEM ballot must be received by February 3

Update: The deadline to return your ADEM ballot has been extended. All ballots received by Wednesday, February 3 will be counted. This is a one-week extension beyond the previous deadline, which required ballots to be postmarked by January 27 and received by January 30. 

The election for delegates to the California Democratic Party — called Assembly District Election Meetings or ADEMs — is taking place now. The deadline to request a ballot (January 11) has passed, but your vote is important!

We encourage you to vote for your fellow CFT members who are running for an ADEM delegate position. See the list of members who are running below.

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Count every vote! Post-election organizing to defend democracy
Actions & trainings

Last Friday, the CFT Executive Council unanimously passed a resolution outlining our union’s principles to defend American democracy. The resolution follows a similar resolution passed last week by AFT and highlights four key areas that the CFT believes must be protected: 

  • Every American citizen registered to vote must be able to vote. 
  • Every vote must be counted. 
  • The electoral verdict must be respected.
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Tell Governor Newsom: We can no longer afford the failed Calbright College experiment

With California facing an unprecedented budget crisis, we can no longer afford the failed experiment of Calbright College.

Now is the time to take the critical resources being wasted on the misguided and mismanaged Calbright College and invest in our traditional community colleges and the students and workers we serve.

Urge Governor Newsom to end the failed Calbright College experiment

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Tell Mitch McConnell: Forcing our cities and states into bankruptcy is shameful and indefensible

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to cripple our state and local governments, including school districts and community colleges. Across the nation, as many as 275,000 teachers and school workers could potentially lose their jobs. And in California, K-12 funding could be cut by as much as 15%.

Tell Mitch McConnell: Forcing our cities and states into bankruptcy is shameful and indefensible

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Sign the AFT letter: Include investments in state and local governments in COVID-19 recovery

Even with everything our members, frontline workers, and communities have done during this crisis, our students will have even greater needs when our schools ultimately reopen. Public services have been stretched to the max, after years of underfunding. For the foreseeable future, our communities will be coping with the loss of family and friends, record levels of unemployment, and an economic crisis on par with the Great Depression.

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Tell Congress: During this pandemic, support our public postal service

As most Americans shelter in place, postal workers are delivering people’s prescriptions, keeping small-enterprises in business and connecting families. The USPS has always been our emergency distribution system when our country is in crisis.

But, at this unprecedented time, that work is under threat. The Coronavirus shutdown is plummeting postal revenues while increasing costs. The Postal Service could run out of money as early as June.

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AB 500 – Paid maternity leave for teachers and school workers

Thanks to the nearly 2,000 CFT members and allies who wrote letters to the governor, urging him to sign AB 500.

We are sorry to report that Governor Newsom has vetoed AB 500. Despite overwhelming bipartisan votes in both the Assembly and Senate, the fierce opposition to the bill from K-12 and community college districts was too much to overcome.

We will continue to fight for educators and school workers who wish to start families.

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Support a living wage for community college part-time faculty
Support an 85 percent teaching load

Write Assemblymember Jose Medina today!

Medina introduced CFT-sponsored Assembly Bill 897 which would change the percentage of hours a part-time faculty member may teach up to 85 percent of the hours per week of a full-time employee having comparable duties.

Download the letter and add your own voice!