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ELECTION 2016 UPDATE
We want to remind you of an excellent resource that is once again available to you this election season: The Educators Choice Online Voter Guide.
It can be found on the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) website by following this link: http://www.cft.yourvoter.guide
This helpful guide is an online tool that voters can use for election information related to national, state, local candidates, and statewide ballot propositions. It’s easy to use! Just enter your home address, and you will see a list of all CFT and union endorsed candidates that will appear on your ballot.
Please share the link for The Educators Choice Online Voter Guide with your friends and family on your Facebook and Twitter pages! This really helps us get the word out about pro-public education candidates. Thank you and be sure to vote!
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL VACANCY
There is an exciting opportunity for faculty members of the Union interested in serving their colleagues on the AFT Local 1828 Executive Council as the Treasurer. This is a key leadership position within our union and we are looking for someone with enthusiasm, energy, and a willingness to serve their fellow faculty members. The Treasurer job duties were revised at our union's Executive Council meeting on Friday, September 9 and are listed below.
Treasurer Job Duties
Section 4. The Treasurer shall work with fiscal staff to:
a. Receive, record and deposit in the name of the Federation all monies from dues and all other sources and do the same with COPE.
b. Keep the membership roll, issue receipts, and delinquent notices.
c. Forward to the National Office, on or before the 15th each month, the report of members in good standing, together with mailing addresses; and forward on the last day of the month all taxes and assessments due to the American Federation of Teachers.
d. Present written budget reports to the Executive Council and CFT each quarter and make such reports available to all members.
e. Pay all bills authorized by the adopted general and COPE budgets, retaining vouchers and receipts for same. Expenses not authorized in the budgets must be presented to the Executive Council for authorization.
f. Submit a financial statement for the local including a statement of assets and liabilities and a statement of income and expenses as required.
g. File all local, state and federal reports required by law.
The normal release time for the duties of Treasurer shall be .05. This amount may be increased or decreased by a vote of the Executive Council as necessitated by specific circumstances.
If you are interested in serving as the Treasurer, please send a letter of interest to no later than Friday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m. Faculty can receive 0.05 release time for serving as Treasurer. The term of the appointment will be through June 1, 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the AFT office (805) 987 - 1188.
Victory for Students as California Supreme Court Rejects Review of Vergara Appeal
San Francisco – In a victory for students and educators, the Supreme Court of California today announced it will not review the Vergara v. California lawsuit, letting the unanimous appellate court decision upholding five statutes governing professional and employment rights for educators stand as constitutional. This decision vindicates the arguments of educators, civil rights groups, legal scholars and education policy experts that the state statutes affirming educator rights do not harm students.
“This is a good day for students and educators as the Supreme Court’s decision brings an end to the case brought by wealthy anti-public education millionaires who spent millions of dollars to bypass voters, parents, and the legislature in an attempt to impose their harmful education agenda on local schools, .” said California Teachers Association President Eric C. Heins. “It’s time to get back to the real issues facing our public schools and work together to improve student learning and support the art of teaching. Eliminating teachers’ ability to stand up for their students and robbing school districts of the tools they need to make sound employment decisions was a well-funded but wrong-headed scheme developed by people with no education expertise.”
“We applaud the state Supreme Court’s affirmation of the appeal court decision,” said Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers. “The teacher shortage facing California has been stoked by the Vergara case, the expensive publicity machine surrounding it, and the constant attacks by so-called reformers on teachers and public education. We can now turn closer attention to solving the actual problems we confront in our schools, such as securing adequate funding through Prop 55, reducing class sizes, promoting and strengthening peer assistance and review, and reinforcing collaborative district practices with a proven record of success. These efforts will result in a more positive climate to address the teacher shortage crisis, bring young people to teaching and encourage experienced teachers to stay in the classroom.”
The Vergara case was the brainchild of Silicon Valley multi-millionaire David Welch and a group of corporate attorneys and public relations experts who founded the organization Students Matter to file the lawsuit. At issue in the case were five California statutes covering due process rights for teachers, probationary periods, and the value of educator experience when school districts are forced to lay off personnel due to revenue shortfalls and underfunding.
Over the course of a nearly two-month trial, award-winning teachers, superintendents, principals, school board members, education researchers, and policy experts testified to the benefit of these laws and how they work effectively to ensure quality instructors in well-run school districts. No connection was ever made between the challenged laws and any student being harmed. The Court of Appeal decision repeatedly affirmed that the current laws do not prevent districts from making personnel decisions.
AFT T-Shirts are in!
Oh yeah! We got our rockin' shirts in! If you wanna look like the coolest teacher on campus, then come pick up your shirt! The shirts are Unisex. Just in case though, female shirts are all available for a limited time!