The “house of origin” deadline marks a major hurdle for bills to
pass out of their first house of the Legislature and move on to
the second. The CFT was able to move its 18 sponsored and
co-sponsored bills before the deadline with only a couple of
CFT-Sponsored Bills: The 18
union-sponsored and co-sponsored bills with brief descriptions,
bill status, and links to the bill text.
From the Bay Area to San Diego, and from the Central Valley to
the Mojave Desert, part-time community college faculty, along
with full-time faculty and student allies, gathered at
Sacramento’s famed Sutter Club on Monday morning, May 1, to go
forth and make California legislators aware of the critical need
for part-time faculty healthcare and pay parity.
Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, Chair of the Higher
Education Committee, recognized the University Council-AFT on the
Assembly Floor during UC-AFT’s first group lobby day at the State
Capitol on April 1.
At the Leadership Conference, California’s top legislative
leaders confirmed their stance defending our state’s progressive
values and union members learned CFT’s legislative and political
priorities for the coming year — all this amidst the national
backdrop of a massive movement to reject the most unqualified
nominee ever for U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.
April 20 was a historic day for us. We attended the Assembly
Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security to
speak in support of our sponsored death benefit equity bill, and
we were there when the bill passed out of committee for the first
Raising the death benefit to parity with faculty has fallen short
in nearly a dozen previous attempts. The increase contained in AB
1878 would provide survivors of classified staff more money for
the funerals of their deceased loves ones by increasing the death
benefit for classified employee members of CalPERS.
Linnette Robinson has worked with special needs students at
Berkeley High School for four years. Every winter and summer,
Robinson, who has worked stints at other elementary and middle
schools, tightens her belt and scrapes by during school breaks
the best she can. “Most of us won’t see a paycheck from mid-June
to the end of September,” she said.