2019 was a busy year for the CFT and for union
communications. In the first three months alone, the union
experienced the UTLA strike, the launch of the new CFT website,
and CFT’s 100th Anniversary Convention.
This was another excellent year for the CFT in the labor media
contest sponsored by the International Labor Communications
Association, with the union winning 16 awards, including top
honors for the new website.
With the union’s switch to digital
communications, the CFT’s focus switched to developing
a modern and robust mobile-friendly website with digital
storytelling capability and strong member outreach
According to Danielle Short, classified vice president for San
Diego’s AFT Guild, the local was looking for ways to make campus
tabling more dynamic and encourage more conversation with
A brainstorming session led to the idea of a giant photo frame.
Campus printing services helped create the frame and printed it.
“We used it for our tabling,” Short said. “And then we just ran
with it for other events and outreach. It definitely breaks the
ice — and it’s a lot of fun.”
There are adjunct survival guides out there which give basic
union info, and perhaps maybe where the copy machines are located
on campus, then there’s The Part-Timer’s Almanac, A Compendium of Valuable Information, which is perhaps the
most comprehensive, adjunct-oriented union publication published
by a local union.
UC Riverside librarian Carla Arbagey says, “Technology is
like air to me.” It is essential in the library, where she
integrates systems and tracks information on more than 3.4
million items. She is the winner of the 2014 Technology New
Leader Award from the California Library Association, and a
self-described “type-A personality” who likes things to be tidy,
organized, and efficient.
English instructor and president of the Part-Time Faculty
Association of Allan Hancock College Mark James Miller says that
one of the accomplishments of which he is most proud is “getting
administrators to recognize how important part-time faculty are.
Part-time faculty used to be invisible to them, or seen as just
interchangeable parts. That’s not the case anymore.”