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.
Generations of Compton rappers have created an
indelible portrait of their city’s mean streets. Life in this Los
Angeles suburb isn’t easy.
Jermaine Ford and the 17 members of the Compton Unified School
District police are a “thin blue line” sworn to keep the 36
schools and additional dozen district facilities safe. Their job
hasn’t gotten any easier, either.
Sixty unsung heroes flexed their union muscle and joined the
Lawndale Federation of Classified Employees.
Noon duty supervisors serve as at-will employees and work only a
few hours a day at the district’s six elementary and two middle
schools, but the final straw, according to Local President Carl
Williams, was not getting a 4 percent raise that faculty and
Citing disrespect by their district and low pay as motivation,
more than 90 percent of faculty at the West Valley-Mission
Community College District casting ballots in the November 19
representational election chose to affiliate their previously
independent union with AFT/CFT.
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.”
Faculty teaching non-credit courses at both Citrus College and
the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Colleges have chosen AFT as their union.
Non-credit hourly part-time faculty at Citrus and continuing
education part-time faculty at Grossmont-Cuyamaca had been paid
significantly less than their colleagues teaching for-credit
Now the faculty have union representation, are on salary
schedules with opportunities for schedule advancement, and can
accrue sick leave.
Strength in numbers, access to more resources, and professional
assistance are just a few of the reasons more than 240
professional classified staff members at Pasadena City College
voted AFT their union this spring.
An independent association, the Instructional Support Services
Unit, has represented classified staff at Pasadena City College
since 1991. Relations on the campus have been generally good,
until about five years ago, when more than 200 employees took
early retirement and the ongoing economic crisis brought
staggering budget cuts.
“We needed to get stronger to protect our members,” said
Association President Alice Araiza. “We wanted a union that was
reputable, strong and nationally respected.”
For nearly a decade, classified employees in the
Berkeley Unified School District were divided between two unions,
but when a majority of operations and support workers signed
petitions to be represented by the Berkeley Council of Classified
Employees, AFT Local 6192, they were reunited. In December the
school board agreed to the workers’ decision.