#DumpDeVos: Demonstrators at a boisterous
event in Oakland — organized on social media in just a few days —
denounced the nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of
Education. Hundreds of parents, educators, and students gathered
at a noon rally on January 31.
As a CFT vice president and representative of part-time
faculty in my district, I’m pleased by the efforts made by my
local union and the CFT to strengthen member engagement and
outreach. The CFT “Building Our Power” campaign is helping locals
do a better job of not only sharing information with bargaining
unit members but seeking their input.
Across the state, classified employees are convincing fee payers
to upgrade to full union membership, and convincing coworkers to
support the union’s Committee on Political Education, or
The flurry of internal organizing falls under the twin banners of
the Strategic Campaign Initiative and Building Our Power. Grants
from the former help locals meet their political organizing
goals, while the latter awards grants based on potential for
It’s time for the labor movement to remember what energized our
ranks and inspired American workers to join unions. As we face a
continued decline in membership and legal challenges that
threaten to erode the strength of public sector unions and the
movement as a whole, now more than ever, we need to take our
message to the streets.
Why does anyone join the union? …because someone asks them
Member organizers from local unions throughout the state joined
forces at Palomar College to meet one-on-one with part-time
faculty agency fee payers who had not yet signed their union
cards — and asked them to join the union.