Community support saved an innovative cooking and gardening
program that faced closure last spring, but only leftovers remain
after the Berkeley Unified School District cut two-thirds of the
“Even the chickens in the garden were given away because no one
was left to tend them,” said Daria Wrubel of the Berkeley Council
of Classified Employees. Wrubel taught gardening to 450 students
at Thousand Oaks Elementary before she and more than half the
classified staff were cut.
Classified are well outin front of the AFL-CIO’s new
resolve to ramp up its partnering with community allies. Members
are linking arms in efforts that especially resonate during the
Every child deserves Shoes that Fit
The College Staff Guild in Los Angeles is working with Shoes That
Fit to help kids start their day on the right foot. The
non-profit is dedicated to providing new shoes to needy children
so they can attend school in comfort and with dignity.
The Palomar College Council of Classified Employees and campus
administrators in San Marcos settled a contract and memorandum of
understanding that moved the staff forward by three major
steps. 1) The 385 unit members received a $2,000 lump sum
salary increase and 0.72 percent, plus a 3 percent raise that
faculty also received. 2) This first contract replaced a
25-year-old employee handbook. 3) The local won binding
arbitration for grievances.
North County comes of age…The Palomar Faculty Federation wants to
change politics in northern San Diego County and it isn’t waiting
around for someone else to do it.
“Public education is under attack and teachers and unions are
fighting for survival,” said Co-President Shannon Lienhart. “Our
best path forward is to find common ground, form coalitions, and
The Linda Cushing Scholarship program launched by
Part-Time Faculty United at College of the
Canyons recently expanded to award four $500
scholarships per year to qualified students, according to Pete
Virgadamo, history instructor and president of the Santa Clarita
On Thursday, June 20, the members of the Instructional Support
Services Unit-CFT (ISSU-CFT) met to review and vote on a
tentative agreement recommended by union President Julio Huerta
and the executive board.
ISSU-CFT includes most of the nearly 225 professional and
office staff at Pasadena City College. The independent ISSU
unit voted to affiliate with the AFT last year as AFT Local 6525.
The AFT College Staff Guild and the Los Angeles Community College
District agreed in January that classified employees who accept
adjunct teaching assignments do not need to reduce their
classified hours if the assignment is outside regularly scheduled
The faculty and classified AFT local unions in the Berkeley
Unified School District rallied on May 8 before a district board
meeting. With state funding to the district on the rise,
educators say the district can provide more for its employees,
especially since it is holding $7.9 million in its ending fund
The workers are also trying to save the successful cooking and
gardening program threatened by cuts to the federal program,
Network for Healthy Californians.
CFT Vice President Melinda Dart, president of the Jefferson
Elementary Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 3267, presents a
plaque to district Superintendent Bernardo Vidales. The plaque
commemorates the occasion when leaders of the AFT local
occupied the board room, a key moment in the history of
collective bargaining in the Daly City district.
Alisa Messer, president of AFT Local 2121 at City College of San
Francisco, speaks to a crowd of several hundred faculty and
students outside Diego Rivera Theater. The rally was held at the
same time as the interim chancellor was delivering her remarks on
Flex Day to a nearly empty auditorium.
The Gilroy Federation of Teachers and
Paraprofessionals is breaking new ground in negotiations covering
about 120 paraprofessionals in the Gilroy Unified School
District. President Arcelia O’Connor said previous contracts
had not addressed emails and granted only limited rights for
“But now we have time to check district communications online,”
O’Connor said, “and we have added domestic partners to members of
the immediate family for items like family illness and
The building for rent on South Long Beach Avenue
wasn’t much to look at, but officers of the Compton Council of
Classified Employees could see exciting new possibilities for
their union. First, though, AFT Local 6119 would need to move a
wall, install a floor, and paint.
How could the union, which represents 540 employees of the
Compton Unified School District, pay for that kind of remodeling?
At the bargaining tableJune 8,
administrators of the Aromas-San Juan Unified School District
proposed layoffs, demotions, and reduced hours for a third of the
68 members of the Federation of Classified Employees. Most of the
member negotiators would feel the cuts personally.
Two visitors saved the day: A sympathetic member of the school
board joined the district team, and the CFT budget analyst joined
the classified team.
Coast rights injustice for part-timers working in
After years of patience andpersistence, the Coast
Federation of Educators secured compensation for two
part-time non-instructional faculty members who were discovered
to be working more hours than a full-timer — at a fraction of the
When confronted with these violations, according to Local 1911
President Dean Mancina, the district claimed this group of
faculty was exempt from both the California Education Code and
the local’s collective bargaining agreement.