The nearly 700 part-time and full-time faculty at ArtCenter
College of Design in Pasadena now comprise CFT’s newest local
union in the Federation’s recent surge of organizing victories
among private sector universities.
The ArtCenter faculty voted to form a union with AFT/CFT with 60%
of those participating in the mail election voting in favor of
the union. The National Labor Relations Board counted union
recognition ballots June 21 in Los Angeles.
On April 11, faculty at the Dominican University of California
watched excitedly as the National Labor Relations Board in San
Francisco conducted a ballot count resulting in a resounding 84%
yes vote for union representation with the AFT/CFT.
The new local union — the Dominican University of California
Faculty Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 6604 — will represent
103 full-time faculty members at the private liberal arts college
in San Rafael. The university was founded in 1890 and offers more
than 60 majors, minors, and concentrations.
The librarians and library staff at The Claremont Colleges
Services overwhelmingly chose CFT in a union representational
election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. The
votes were counted in Los Angeles on March 22 with 80% of those
participating voting in favor of the union.
On May 17, the National Labor Relations Board ordered the
Sacramento Job Corps to return four more residential advisors to
their jobs with full pay and benefits. The NLRB decision makes
nine AFT Local 4986 members who have been reinstated and made
whole more than 26 months after their initial terminations.
The NLRB also ruled that six residential coordinators were
unlawfully removed from the bargaining unit, and adopted an
administrative law judge’s finding that the employers are liable
for the unfair labor practices.
Only four of 125 Job Corps centers in the
United States are unionized, and CFT members staff two of them.
Adams & Associates is the private contractor managing both Job
Corps centers — with very different results.
In San Francisco, AFT Local 6319 represents 150 staff in the
Treasure Island Job Corps Workers Union. Local President Emily
Rapaport said the Department of Labor ranks centers on student
job placement and a range of other metrics. “Since Adams came in
about five years ago, we have been either number one or two in
Faculty at four Bay Area Catholic high
schools have expressed objections to non-inclusive statements
about marriage, sexuality, and reproduction made by Archbishop
Salvatore J. Cordileone, and concern over his controversial
proposals to designate teachers in the diocesan high schools as
“ministers” in the faculty handbook and the collective bargaining
When math teacher Cheryl LaBrecque joined the staff of the French
American International School in San Francisco in 1999, the
preK-12 school was small and “things worked better.” Staff
members “had a closer relationship with administration,” she
says. Since then, it has become “more corporate, more top-down,
more about money.”