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
Answer to Petition for Review
Los Angeles – Today lawyers representing the California
Federation of Teachers and California Teachers Association,
intervenors, filed their answer to the petition for review in
Vergara v. California with the California Supreme Court.
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.
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.
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%.
Union press conference announces one-day unfair labor
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
Educators Applaud Appellate Ruling in Meritless Vergara
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.
“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.
CFT leadership applauds courageous change in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
Students, faculty and elected officials say, “ACCJC has
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.