News Releases

News Release

CFT Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Oakland – The California Federation of Teachers Executive Council endorsed Hillary Clinton for president this past weekend. The CFT had not previously endorsed a presidential candidate, but given Secretary Clinton’s win in the California primary and her status as the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, the CFT leadership decided that now is the time to pivot to the general election.

News Release

Failed Vergara Suit Backers in Supreme Court Gambit

Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt

We learned today that that David Welch and Students Matter have filed an appeal to the California Supreme Court in their failed Vergara v. California lawsuit. We are disappointed but not surprised that they are continuing to spend large sums of money on the suit and the PR campaign attached to it smearing teachers and public education.

News Release

CFT files amended lawsuit against Accrediting Commission

Broader in scope than the S.F. City Attorney’s

Earlier today the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) filed an amended complaint with Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The complaint, delayed for more than two years by ACCJC legal maneuvers, alleges a broad array of violations of federal laws and regulations, as well as California common law fair procedure, by the Commission. The plaintiffs, in addition to CFT, include several local community college faculty unions, a number of individual faculty members and a student.

News Release

City College faculty walk out for “the college San Francisco deserves”

City College faculty walk out for “the college San Francisco deserves”

Unfair Labor Practices strike calls for rebuilding the college, not gutting it

San Francisco—At City College campuses across the city, 500 faculty walked picket lines beginning at 8 am today to protest the district administration’s unfair labor practices in contract negotiations. They were joined by their students and community supporters on behalf of a broad, accessible college, a vision competing with the college administration’s stated plan to “realign” the San Francisco Community College District by reducing course offerings over the next few years by 26%.

News Release

Faculty Stand Up for City College and the Education San Francisco Deserves

Union press conference announces one-day unfair labor practices strike
San Francisco—City College of San Francisco faculty, students and community supporters announced at a Chinatown campus press conference today that no classes will be held tomorrow at all nine City College of San Francisco campuses. However, they said, faculty will still be on campus. Instead of teaching, they’ll be walking picket lines in the first-ever strike of 1500 instructors, librarians, and counselors represented by American Federation of Teachers Local 2121. The unfair labor practices strike is the union’s response to more than a year of unsuccessful negotiations between the faculty union and college administration and occurs after the administration has engaged in numerous unfair labor practices, including bad faith bargaining and attempting to go around the union’s elected negotiations team.

News Release

Appeals Court Overturns Vergara Lawsuit

Educators Applaud Appellate Ruling in Meritless Vergara Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES —In a sweeping victory for students and educators, the California Court of Appeal today reversed a lower court decision in the deeply flawed Vergara v. California lawsuit. The unanimous appellate opinion is a stinging rebuke to Judge Rolf M. Treu’s poorly-reasoned ruling, and to the allegations made and millions of dollars spent by wealthy anti-union ducation reformers” to bypass voters, parents, and the legislature with harmful education policy changes. The reversal affirms the arguments of educators, civil rights groups, legals cholars and education policy experts that the state statutes affirming educator rights do not harm students.

News Release

Statement from CFT on the recent vote to increase the state’s minimum wage

Higher Minimum Wage Will Help Millions

“Today, California lawmakers passed legislation that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour in the coming years. This is an important step and a common sense development that will improve the lives of millions of Californians currently struggling to make ends meet in an economy that too often seems rigged in favor of the haves at the sacrifice of working men and women. We applaud those who voted in favor of this bill.

News Release

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Working People

Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt

Friedrichs Decision a Blow to Corporate Special Interests

“Earlier today, working men and women across this country heard some welcome news: The United States Supreme Court ruled 4-4 in the Friedrichs v. CTA lawsuit. 

News Release

Board of Governors Votes to Reform Accrediting Agency

CFT leadership applauds courageous change in accreditation

SACRAMENTO, MARCH 21, 2016 – In an historic vote in Sacramento today, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted unanimously to reform its current accrediting agency, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), and begin to establish a new model for fair accrediting practices with a new agency.

News Release

CC presidents move to reform, then leave ACCJC

Statement from CFT president Joshua Pechthalt

CFT applauds growing momentum for accreditor’s ouster

“Today California moved another step closer to reforming the broken accreditation system for California’s community colleges. With a more than 90% vote earlier this week to reform the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), while preparing at the same time to move to another accreditor, community college presidents struck a decisive blow to ACCJC’s fading hopes of maintaining the unacceptable status quo.

News Release

CFT Convention Delegates March, Arrested in Civil Disobedience Action for “the Education Californians Deserve”

Show of unity with CCSF faculty union

SAN FRANCISCO – On Friday, dozens of educators were arrested following a march and rally calling for “the public education that all Californians deserve” while protesting the hard line taken by City College of San Francisco’s administration in contract negotiations with CCSF’s faculty union, AFT 2121. The show of unity came on the first day of the annual statewide convention for the California Federation of Teachers.

News Release

L.A. Trial for Meritless Lawsuit Seeking to Eradicate Teachers’ Professional Rights Begins Today, Wastes Taxpayers’ Dollars and Time

Lawsuit does not improve student learning and hurts students, demonizes teachers

LOS ANGELES — One day after nearly 1,000 educators denounced the Vergara v. the State of California lawsuit, opening arguments begin today in Los Angeles County Superior Court. This meritless lawsuit, which seeks to eradicate teachers’ professional rights, highlights the wrong problems, proposes the wrong solutions, and follows the wrong process while doing nothing to improve student learning. This is yet another attempt by the usual corporate special interests to undermine the teaching profession and push their agenda on California public schools and students.

News Release

California Educators Appeal Decision in Meritless Vergara Lawsuit

Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta joins educators and community supporters in urging court to overturn flawed decision for the sake of all students

LOS ANGELES —Attorneys representing more than 400,000 members of the California Teachers Association and California Federation of Teachers appeared in the US Court of Appeal today in downtown Los Angeles, to ask that the June 2014 ruling in the deceptive and meritless Vergara v. State of California be overturned for the sake of California’s six million students.

News Release

CFT Statement Prior to Governor’s Budget Proposal

Proposition 30: The Elephant in the Room

Thanks to Proposition 30, California is moving in the right direction. Strong state revenues have provided Governor Brown and the state legislature the opportunity to increase access to education and improve the quality of life for millions of Californians over the past few years.

News Release

UTLA Votes to Invest in Union, Public Education

Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt

Members Overwhelmingly Support Dues Increase

“On Wednesday, our sisters and brothers in United Teachers Los Angeles voted overwhelmingly to support their union and to lead the fight to preserve and improve public education in the second largest school district in the country. Over 14,000 of UTLA’s members participated in the vote, with 82 percent in favor of a dues increase. We applaud UTLA’s members and leaders for taking this courageous action.

News Release

Governor’s State of the State: Progress, Challenge of Inequality

Statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt

Clear Case for Prop 30 Renewal

“In his State of the State address delivered earlier today, Governor Jerry Brown spoke eloquently of California’s strengths and challenges in the coming year. He underscored the state’s significant fiscal gains following a period of deep economic recession, but did not shy away from directly addressing the growing disparity between the top 1 (and .1) percent and everyone else that threatens the California Dream. 

News Release

Californians Testify at D.C. Hearing to Replace Accreditor

Students, faculty and elected officials say, “ACCJC has to go!”

Washington, D.C. — Thirty community college faculty and students today were joined by elected officials and the President of the California Federation of Teachers in a Washington D.C. hearing to testify about the urgent need to remove the current accreditor (Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, or ACCJC) for the state’s community colleges and replace it with one capable of fair and competent accreditation practices.

News Release

Faculty leaders voice support for task force recommendation of a new accreditor

Commentary provided during ACCJC’s Bakersfield “listening session”

Faculty leaders from nearby colleges descended on Bakersfield College to provide comments at the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College’s “listening session” earlier today. Faculty were represented on the Community College Chancellor’s Task Force on Accreditation.