If there were perhaps one way to describe the legislative
campaign waged by CFT this year as it regards both part-timers
and the community college system, one could say it was
“spirited.” Despite the sea changes proposed for the entire
system, the union still won improvements for part-timers.
bill in 2017
sought to provide women working in education up to six weeks of
paid pregnancy disability leave without charging the woman’s sick
leave bank. The Legislature passed AB 568, but the governor
refused to sign it into law, saying other options were
Family and medical leaves are defined in federal laws, state
codes and individual collective bargaining agreements. Your union
local may also bargain improvements.
Classified employees took two giant steps forward in Sacramento
during 2016 after the CFT shepherded four bills through the state
Legislature that address staff priorities. Gov. Jerry Brown
signed two of the bills.
AB 2122 appropriates $20 million over five years to
encourage classified employees to return to school and become
teachers. Grants from the California Classified School
Employee Teacher Credentialing Program to districts and
county offices of education will provide up to $4,000 annually to
staff seeking a bachelor’s degree and credential.