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CCE President Carl Williams: “I encourage you to fight and Flex your Power!”

Carl Williams, President of the Council of Classified Employees and AFT Vice President, started out his address to attendees to the annual Council of Classified Employees conference by telling them he wasn’t going to preach to the choir. He wasn’t going to talk about how classified workers are the last hired and first fired. Or how they’re not treated as professionals. Or how they aren’t paid a living wage often leading to long commutes because they can’t afford to live where they serve. Or how public education relies on classified workers for its existence.


President Freitas is focused on building power for classified members

Jeff Freitas, President of the CFT, emphasized in his address to the attendees of the annual Council of Classified Employees Conference that the organization isn’t a teacher’s union, but a union of teachers and classified professionals.

“We have made sure that we represent everybody in the field of education in the classroom, as well as outside of the classroom,” he said.


UESF’s big win for paras shows strength and challenges for Classified workers
UESF leaders share the vision and wins of historic new contract

People call San Francisco a city of love and a city of fog, according to Cassondra Curiel, the President of United Educators of San Francisco. But what it really is, she said, is a union town. 

Curiel told attendees at the Council of Classified Employees Conference that the union of 6,500 classified and certificated members just won one of the biggest tentative agreements in the history of the organization.


Kicking off CCE Conference 2023
Remarks on how to take political action, fighting for funding, and more

After greeting attendees at the local presidents’ collaboration on Friday afternoon at the 2023 Council of Classified Employees, the CCE President Carl Williams told them they would hear about a report on classified finances, the first one of its kind which would make what was happening with salaries more transparent. 

A report hasn’t existed before because, unlike data for other school employees, which is fairly similar, that’s not true with classified jobs, making it more difficult to compare peer institutions.

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Classified Insider Special Edition: CCE Conference 2023
The theme, "Flexing our Power, Protecting our Progress," was felt throughout the weekend

The annual Classified Council of Employees Conference took place at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco October 27-October 29. The theme of the conference was Flexing Our Power – Protecting Our Progress. Some of the local wins over the past year that were discussed by members included a six-figure settlement for employee overtime, paraeducators getting a living wage, and bilingual employees’ checks reflecting their expertise. 


Fall 2022
Volume 13, Number 1

CCE officers at conference

Classified Conference moves attendees from Aspiration to Action

How to AVERT disaster

Williams to co-chair AFT PSRP policy council

Classified staff relish district apartments


Spring 2022
Volume 12, Number 2

The new normal for special education instructional aides

CFT classified leader co-chairs national staff shortage task force

Coming soon to your local – the CCE Listening Tour!

Join us at the Custodial & Skilled Trades Conference


Fall 2021
Volume 12, Number 1

California community colleges salute top staff

What does classified work look like 20 months into the pandemic?

CFT wins layoff notice equity for classified employees


Spring 2021
Volume 11, Number 2

Pandemic underscores essential nature of classified work

Paraeducator, bus driver elected to public office

Berkeley classified employee dodges eviction, buys home

CFT launches new identity to reflect diverse membership


Fall 2020
Volume 11, Number 1

Virtual Classified Conference educates, unites, entertains

With Covid on campus, strategic action saves classified jobs

San Diego County college staffs tackle food insecurity

Four new laws classified employees need to know about


Fall 2019
Volume 10, Number 1

Antelope Valley College staff scores California Supreme Court victory

Summer Assistance: New state program matches funds set aside

Classified Conference looks ahead to 2020 political challenges

Legislative session ends on strong note for classified


Spring 2019
Volume 9, Number 2

Classified members share spotlight with teachers at Centennial Convention

Transportation services: Jobs returned when contracting out fails, drivers get more training

New law brings more part-time workers into the classified service

Omnibus legislation creates Summer Assistance fund for classified staff


Fall 2018
Volume 9, Number 1

When parents and children are union brothers and sister

Lawsuit draws attention to hazardous chemicals on campus

Classified Conference-goers unite with hotel workers

We need you… to become a Unionist!