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Inside CFT: Building the Union at CFT Summer School

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Building the Union at CFT Summer School This week over 120 union leaders, activists, trainers, and guests took part in the annual CFT Summer School. Held this year at the Asilomar campus in Pacific Grove, the week-long intensive training was an opportunity for new and veteran leaders to build the union, sharpen skills, and strategize for the future. Tracks at this year’s training included contract campaigns, organizing, politics, and the ever-popular crash course for new presidents and leaders. Thanks to all those who took part in CFT Summer School this week. We can’t wait to see all the great union work in the coming year! Pictured above, CFT members from throughout the state take part in the contract campaigns training. UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz recognized in LA Times series LA Influential…
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Inside CFT: Remembering civil rights icon Reverend James Lawson, Jr.

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Remembering civil rights icon Reverend James Lawson, Jr. We are very sorry to report the passing of civil rights leader Reverend James Lawson, Jr., a lifelong advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence and a former CFT member. Rev. Lawson dedicated his life to advancing nonviolence and social justice. He was a close friend and comrade of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who called Rev. Lawson “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.” In 1960, Rev. Lawson launched the lunch counter sit-in campaign to desegregate public facilities in Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville sit-in leaders went on to mobilize the Freedom Rides of the 1960’s, and spread the teachings of nonviolence throughout the South. Rev. Lawson was also a leading force for social change in California, where he lived…
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Inside CFT: Supporting Community Schools and Special Education in San Francisco

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Supporting Community Schools and Special Education in San Francisco This Monday CFT President Jeff Freitas and AFT President Randi Weingarten joined UESF leaders and members in San Francisco, to advocate for community schools and special education. The day started at Buena Vista Horace Mann (BVHM), a K-8 community school in the city’s Mission District, where Jeff and Randi got a chance to meet with educators, parents, and students to hear about the successes and challenges at the school. A community school for over ten years, BVHM is the only school in the country that provides shelter on campus for unhoused families and students. The school also has deep ties to the community, and robust parental involvement, where family and student voices are not only heard, but drive the work at…
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Inside CFT: CFT members were in the State Capitol this week

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CFT members were in the State Capitol this week urging lawmakers to support our schools Dozens of CFT members were in the State Capitol this week to meet with legislators and their staff on our core priorities this year. Among the critical issues discussed throughout the day were the need to protect Prop. 98 funding for our schools in the state budget, and to pass AB 938, the CFT-sponsored legislation that would commit the Legislature to raise TK-12 funding by 50% by 2030 in order to raise salaries for classified and certificated employees. Teams of CFT members also urged the legislature to support AB 2088, which would give current classified employees in K-14 schools the right of first refusal for additional jobs in their districts, and SB 1388, which would…
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Inside CFT: CFT joins labor and community allies to call out Taxpayer Deception Act

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CFT joins labor and community allies to call out Taxpayer Deception Act On Wednesday CFT President Jeff Freitas was joined by nurses, firefighters, and community allies to call out a dangerous and deceitful initiative headed toward the November ballot that would limit the ability of voters and state and local government to fund services, including schools. While the ultra-wealthy real estate developers and landlords who are putting the Taxpayer Deception Act on the ballot want us to think this measure would help the average taxpayer, it would actually create new loopholes that lower their taxes and help them avoid paying their fair share. According to the independent Legislative Analyst's Office, the measure would cut billions from state and local services, forcing deep cuts to local public schools, public safety, and other essential programs. Keep…
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Inside CFT: ArtCenter Faculty Federation approves first collective bargaining agreement

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ArtCenter College of Design faculty approve first collective bargaining agreement After eighteen months at the bargaining table, the members of the ArtCenter Faculty Federation have overwhelmingly voted to accept their first collective bargaining agreement with the ArtCenter College of Design, whose board is set to vote on the agreement later this month. The package includes many significant victories that will benefit the ArtCenter faculty, including guaranteed annual raises and step increases, an improved and transparent process for promotions, a grievance procedure, and a clear and transparent process for evaluations. “We are extremely pleased with the results of the vote,” said bargaining team member, organizer, and Fine Art Associate Professor Allison Miller, "We've spent three years organizing ArtCenter faculty with the support of alumni, students and our community and political supporters,…
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Inside CFT: Join the May 21 Classified Day of Action in Sacramento

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Join the May 21 Classified Day of Action in Sacramento On May 21 classified professionals and their supporters from across the state will gather at the State Capitol in Sacramento to take part in a spirited rally and to celebrate the critical contributions made by classified school workers every day in our schools The day of action, which will be held under the theme No Class Without Classified: Filling the Gaps to Educate California Students, will also be an opportunity to urge California Congressmembers to sign on to the Classified Workers Bill of Rights, a federal effort led by Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey that calls for living wages, good benefits, and fair working conditions for paraeducators, classroom assistants, bus drivers, custodial workers, and others. Register now for the event and follow up…
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Inside CFT: TK/EC-K12 Council gets to work at SPED Summit

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TK/EC-K12 Council gets to work at SPED Summit CFT members from throughout the state are gathering this week for the annual TK/EC-K12 Special Education Summit. The summit is an opportunity for union leaders and special education teachers and staff to take part in professional development, connect, and strategize about how we can strengthen our advocacy for many of our most vulnerable students. The summit this year includes professional development on Universal Design for Learning, Finding Strengths when Supporting Students With Disabilities, and a demonstration from Digital Promise on Learning Variability. Thanks to all who are taking part in the summit and to all the special education teachers and support staff who do the work every day! AFT Higher Education Issues Conference at UCLA a success Faculty and staff from dozens…
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Cervisi Decision : How adjunct professors were denied unemployment benefits, eventually took to the courts to win these benefits.

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CERVISI v. UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE APPEALS BOARD Court of Appeal, First District, Division 4, California Gisele R. CERVISI et al., Plaintiffs and Respondents, v. UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCEAPPEALS BOARD, Defendant and Appellant; SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT, Real Party in Interest. MurielBARTHOLOMEW et al., Plaintiffs and Respondents, v. UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCEAPPEALS BOARD, Defendant and Appellant; SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY COLLEGEDISTRICT, Real Party in Interest. Nos. A038877, A038955. Decided: February 01, 1989 John K. Van de Kamp, Atty. Gen., John Davidson, Supervising Deputy Atty. Gen., Winifred Y.Smith, Deputy Atty. Gen., San Francisco, for defendant and appellant. Robert J. Bezemek,Katherine Riggs, Law Offices of Robert J. Bezemek, P.C., Oakland, for plaintiffs andrespondents. Respondents Gisele R. Cervisi, Muriel Bartholomew, and other part-time, hourly employees ofreal party in interest San Francisco Community College District sought unemployment benefitsfor the period…
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