Resolutions and Policy

Overview

Policies, Positions and Resolutions

The CFT passes resolutions on a wide range of issues that affect members in our different membership constituencies and that address other state, national and international issues of importance to the union and to our vision for California and beyond. Many resolutions are passed at the union’s biennial Convention, but the State Council and Executive Council also adopt resolutions.

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Resolution

Vote of no confidence in the community college chancellor
May 3, 2019

Whereas, the principle of participatory governance in the California Community Colleges has been established and codified in law (AB 1725); and

Whereas, participatory governance only functions when it is practiced at all levels of the administration and faculty governing bodies; and

Whereas, confidence in the leadership of the chief executive of a college system is integral to the effective administration of the California Community College mission; and

Resolution

Call for California to tax all income subject to the federal carried interest tax break
March 24, 2019

Whereas, private equity firms, hedge funds, and other financial entities make exorbitant fees for investing other people’s money; and

Whereas, the owners of these firms receive up to 20 percent of the profits on these investments of other people’s money as “carried interest”; and

Whereas, the federal government taxes carried interest at only 20 percent; and

Whereas, regular income received by high-income private equity and hedge fund managers would face a tax rate of 37 percent; and

Resolution

Support creation of national speculation reduction tax for U.S. financial markets
March 24, 2019

Whereas, the stock markets do not accurately reflect the underlying health of the U.S. economy, but rather are primarily driven by the speculative bets made by ultrawealthy speculators; and

Whereas, the daily shifts in the values of corporate stocks have almost no impact on the lives of most Americans; and

Whereas, less than half of all Americans directly own shares of corporate stock, and less than a third own more than $5,000 worth of stock; and

Resolution

Support free public transportation for students, early childhood through college
March 24, 2019

Whereas, students may struggle financially and/or with safety issues to get to school; and

Whereas, helping students get to school increases student achievement and reduces absences; and

Whereas, getting students to school increases Average Daily Attendance (ADA) revenue; and

Whereas, districts across the state have reduced or eliminated school transportation services at the peril of ADA revenue; and

Resolution

Support statewide movement for student equity: End stigma of lifelong labels by using People First Language
March 24, 2019

Whereas, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that “Special Education is a service, not a place;” and

Whereas, as their Project Based Learning (PBL) project, students from El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera have requested the removal of any special education label, while increasing rigorous A-G curriculum coursework, academic awards upon graduation, and preparation for continuing education; and

Resolution

Close the UC wage theft loophole
March 24, 2019

Whereas, public sector workers are currently exempt from California wage and hour law under §220 of the Labor Code, and when workers are not paid for regular or overtime work, employers are not subject to penalty by the State Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement; and

Whereas, University Council-AFT faculty regularly perform research and service work that the University of California deems “voluntary” and refuses to adequately compensate for; and

Resolution

School safety: Include lockdown kits in classrooms
March 24, 2019

Whereas, the safety of the faculty, staff and students is of utmost importance; and

Whereas, lockdowns are becoming more common and can last for hours with no facilities for sanitation; and

Whereas, in the event of an emergency or lockdown, educators become disaster service workers (California Education Code Sections 3100-3109) and are expected to serve the institution and students; and

Resolution

Support affordable housing for educators and classified professionals
March 24, 2019

Whereas, educator and classified professional pay has not kept pace with inflation and the cost of living; and

Whereas, there are school closures and schools far below capacity; and

Whereas, there are school districts with a surplus of property; and

Whereas, districts statewide are experiencing a teacher shortage; and

Whereas, educators and classified professionals often cannot afford to live in the communities in which they work; and

Resolution

Amend HEERA to permit contract faculty inclusion in the UC Academic Senate
March 24, 2019

Whereas, the current text of Section 3579.e of the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) reads: “the only appropriate representation units including members of the academic senate of the University of California shall be either a single statewide unit consisting of all eligible members of the senate, or divisional units consisting of all eligible members of a division of the senate;” and

Resolution

Support compensation for educational employees during lockdown
March 24, 2019

Whereas, the community colleges regularly hire temporary part-time educators to fulfill teaching and counseling needs; and

Whereas, temporary part-time educators are required to hold the same academic qualifications and credentials as their full-time colleagues; and

Whereas, in the event of an emergency or lockdown, educators become disaster service workers (California Education Code, Sections 3100-3109) and are expected to serve the institution and students; and

Resolution

Limit student assessments not mandated by the state
March 24, 2019

Whereas, the CFT recognizes that student testing, when not misused, is one tool that informs teaching; and

Whereas, the purpose of education is to educate a populace of critical thinkers who can shape a just and equitable society in order to lead good and purpose-filled lives, not solely teaching to a standardized test; and

Whereas, all students should have access to full, rich learning experiences that prepare them for life, citizenship, career and college, and for the resources to make that vision a reality; and

Resolution

Oppose portfolio schools and privatization
March 24, 2019

Whereas, the drive to privatize public education continues to escalate through a multitude of new maneuvers; and

Whereas, Austin Beutner, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, unveiled a plan to subdivide the school district into 32 networks using a portfolio model, while Oakland and 24 other districts across the country are part of a national network already using a portfolio model to reorganize their schools; and

Resolution

Require Economic and Environmental Impact Reports before charter schools are approved
March 24, 2019

Whereas, the proliferation of charter schools has caused many public and charter schools to be under-enrolled; and

Whereas, many neighborhoods are saturated with schools; and

Whereas, traffic and safety concerns are often ignored when new charter schools are built; and

Whereas, renters and homeowners are being pushed out of neighborhoods they’ve lived in for decades through gentrification; and

Resolution

Restore school site budget authority to site councils
March 24, 2019

Whereas, school budgets are a representation of values; and

Whereas, school budgets should be under the purview of all stakeholders; and

Whereas, some administrators abuse their authority when developing and implementing budgets; and

Whereas, there is more buy-in with a decision-making body over an advisory body; and

Resolution

In support of a Green New Deal
March 24, 2019

Whereas, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has determined humanity has 12 years to act to avert the worst effects of a climate catastrophe; and

Whereas, climate change poses an immediate and long-term threat to all working people, our communities and our economic security; and

Whereas, workers, communities of color and low-income people suffer disproportionately from environmental degradation and climate change; and

Resolution

Oppose attack on transgender and intersex people
March 24, 2019

Whereas, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently leaked a memo that indicates an attempt to deny transgender people protection under the law; and

Whereas, the memo sends a chilling message that the existence and identity of transgender people is not recognized by the government, and deepens ongoing attacks on the civil rights of all citizens, documented immigrants, and undocumented people; and

Resolution

Oppose Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy that separates families at U.S.-Mexico border
March 24, 2019

Whereas, the U.S. Department of Justice has adopted a “Zero Tolerance” policy toward individuals apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, which calls for the criminal prosecution of all migrants entering the U.S. outside of ports of entry; and

Whereas, this “prosecution-first” mentality is costly, unnecessarily punitive, and is harming family units; and

Resolution

Oppose Trump’s transgender military ban
March 24, 2019

Whereas, it is estimated that there are over 15,000 members of our armed forces who are transgender, and a RAND study concluded that allowing members of the transgender community to serve would not impact unit cohesion, operational effectiveness, or readiness; and

Whereas, notwithstanding the willingness of these transgender troops to voluntarily serve in the military, President Donald Trump decided, on the 69th anniversary of President Truman’s order to integrate the military, that these soldiers can no longer serve in our armed forces; and