Classified Insider

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Classified Insider

Classified Insider advocates for the rights of classified employees and paraprofessionals by exploring the workplace issues of support staff in California schools, community colleges, and county offices of education. Classified members also receive regular news in the Classified section of the all-union newsletter, California Teacher. Browse by date below or by index here.​

Classified Insider is published twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. The newsletter is emailed to classified and paraprofessional members of the CFT. Please send letters, submissions, or other inquiries to Jane Hundertmark, Editor and Publications Director.

Article Labor Solidarity

We need you… to become a Unionist

Editor’s note: What follows is a condensed version of an inspiring presentation from our annual Classified Conference.

My name is Carl Williams and I am southern vice president of the CFT Council of Classified Employees, a CFT vice president, proud president of the Lawndale Federation of Classified Employees, a father, a husband… and a Unionist. Now don’t get me wrong, I have not always been a Unionist… the transition from union member is not instantaneous. 

Article Gun Control

Common sense gun control: A school security guard lives with the loss of his son

A.J. FRAZIER is a familiar face around San Francisco’s Lowell High School. Frazier has helped guard the campus for the last 15 years, after patrolling Mission High for 15 years.

Few people knew about the pain the outgoing ex-Marine carried inside — until he shared it at a recent rally in Santa Ana’s Centennial Park responding to the deadly shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

Article Representational Elections

Compton campus police choose AFT as their union

GENERATIONS OF COMPTON rappers have created an indelible portrait of their city’s mean streets. Life in this Los Angeles suburb isn’t easy.

Jermaine Ford and the 17 members of the Compton Unified School District police are a “thin blue line” sworn to keep the 36 schools and additional dozen district facilities safe. Their job hasn’t gotten any easier, either.

Article Janus v. AFSCME

Workplace organizing: Facing new threat, members recommit to their unions

For years, the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court threatened to clip unions’ wings if the right case came before the bench.

Classified AFT locals across California have been preparing for the decision in Janus v. AFSCMEby asking agency fee payers to become full members, and recruiting at new employee orientations. The membership drives have meant an influx of new enthusiasm and a renewed sense of union pride.

Article Family Leave

Know your rights: Family and medical leave

ONE CFT-SPONSORED BILL in 2017 sought to provide women working in education up to six weeks of paid pregnancy disability leave without charging the woman’s sick leave bank. The Legislature passed AB 568, but the governor refused to sign it into law, saying other options were possible.

Family and medical leaves are defined in federal laws, state codes and individual collective bargaining agreements. Your union local may also bargain improvements.

Article Paula A. Phillips, President, CFT Council of Classified Employees

Our work contributes to quality of education

EVERY CFT MEMBER can play a role in the CFT’s campaign for quality public education, which will identify problems that are holding back our schools and colleges and set goals to move California forward.