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Article CFT Convention Up Front

State of the Union 2021
Delivered by CFT President Jeffery Freitas on March 26, 2021

Good morning, CFT. I’m thrilled to be here with all of you—my fellow CFT leaders, all my union siblings, CFT and local union staff, and invited guests.

This year’s Convention has a lot of firsts. It is my first State of the Union speech as CFT president and my first time presiding as chair of the Convention. This is the first of our biennial conventions which we approved in 2018 through a constitutional amendment by this very body. And, this is the first-ever virtual CFT Convention. While we are making the best of the current circumstances, I sincerely hope it will be the last virtual convention.

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Josh Chancer

Honoring CFT members elected to public office
Meet 36 education workers who have taken the bold step

Every day, dozens of CFT members finish their shift, pivot, and begin a second job as an elected official. They bring passion, creativity and a commitment to public service. The CFT members listed below have taken the bold step to run for public office, and have been elected. Find their names, local unions, and a link to the public office each member holds. 

Article coronavirus

Governor signs COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
Most California workers can get two weeks of paid sick leave if they get COVID

On March 19, 2021, Governor Newsom extended COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave to provide California employees with two weeks of paid sick leave when they cannot work for reasons related to COVID-19. To qualify, you must work for an employer with 25 or more employees. This legislation applies to both public and private sector workers.

  • SB 95 takes effect on March 29, 2021, and will be retroactive to January 1, 2021.
  • It expires on September 30, 2021.

What does Supplemental Paid Sick Leave provide?

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave provides two weeks of fully paid leave, up to $511 per day. These are in addition to California Paid Sick Days and to any paid sick leave taken by a worker in 2020.

However, employers are not required to provide this in addition to paid sick leave under federal or local laws that already meet these requirements. So, if a locality guarantees workers two weeks of such leave, as does Los Angeles County, for example, then that worker is only guaranteed two weeks of leave.

Additionally, if an employer guarantees workers two weeks of such leave then that worker is only guaranteed two weeks of leave. Employers who are already giving this leave—and workers who already have it—do not get an extra two weeks.

How can you use this paid sick leave?

SB 95 provides paid leave if you cannot work or telework because:

  • You are subject to a quarantine or isolation order due to COVID-19.
  • You were advised by a healthcare provider to quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
  • You are attending an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • You are recovering from symptoms of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • You are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
  • You are caring for a family member who has COVID-19, or who has been advised to self-quarantine.
  • You are caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or otherwise unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 on the premises.

When can you take this paid sick leave?

Although it takes effect on March 29, 2021, it applies retroactively to January 1, 2021. If you already took leave in 2021 for COVID-19, you can ask your employer to pay you for the time you were out of work, up to 2 weeks. Your employer should pay you in your next pay period. COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave will expire on September 30, 2021.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Michael Young Legislative Representative   

Telephone (916) 696-0563

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Article Wealth Tax coronavirus

CFT sponsors California tax on extreme wealth
Why tax 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.

And their numbers and their extreme wealth just keep on growing. In March 2020, just as COVID began, there were 154 billionaires in California – with a total wealth of $688.3 billion. In January 2021, there were 169 billionaires in California – with a total wealth of more than $1.2 trillion.

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CFT joins campaign to forge a New Deal for Higher Education

With the new Biden administration and Congress come new opportunities to ensure significant, sustainable public investment in higher education.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the long-standing crisis in public higher education. Declining state support, the erosion of tenure and shared governance, the increased use of contingent appointments, and the loss of the faculty voice on campus are threatening the core mission of higher education in our society. Now is the time to stand up for a just, inclusive system of higher education — one that can help transform our society.

Article coronavirus

California education unions release school reopening plan
CLASSES — A Pathway to Bringing Students Back to Schools 

California teachers and classified employees want nothing more than to be back in our physical classrooms and school sites and know first-hand there is no equal substitute to regular, in-person learning.

California’s schools are the heart of their communities. For many of our most vulnerable and underserved populations, they are lifelines. The educational, social and emotional needs of California’s students, particularly those who often lack the technological and additional education support to sustain distance learning, are of paramount concern. 

Article coronavirus

Governor releases new “Safe Schools for All Plan”
Consolidated website for K-12 schools, proposed guidance for in-person instruction

On January 14, the California Department of Public Health released several important resources related to the state’s K-12 schools and COVID-19. Our summary below is meant to guide members and local unions through the new materials, especially the changes and most critical elements. The governor and the CDPH are still developing additional resources, so watch for updates about the plan in the coming weeks.

Read the CFT press release here.

The key changes announced on January 14 include: