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Time to stand with our UTLA brothers and sisters

Sign the CFT petition in support of UTLA members

This Saturday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. the members of United Teachers Los Angeles will hold a major rally at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. After years of unchecked growth of charter schools, and the hiring of an investment banker with a radical plan to reorganize schools as superintendent of LAUSD, UTLA is taking a strong stand to protect the future of public education in Los Angeles.

Instead of cutting LA schools to the bone, and denying students the essential services and resources they deserve, UTLA is asking for a profound re-investment in Los Angeles schools, including:

  • Smaller class sizes
  • More nurses, counselors, psychologists, and librarians
  • Competitive wages
  • Community schools and supports for families

UTLA is currently locked in negotiations with the LAUSD that have lasted for nearly 18 months. They have just finished fact-finding in their negotiations and are awaiting the report from the fact-finding panel. In August, 98% of union members voted to authorize a strike, should the district fail to address austerity conditions in their public schools. Without significant movement by the LAUSD, it is very likely that UTLA members will be forced to walk the picket line later this winter.

With so much on the line, these brave educators need our support. Here are three things that you can do right now to stand with UTLA members as they take a courageous stand for their public schools:

1. Sign this petition in support of UTLA. Urge Superintendent Beutner and the LAUSD Board of Education to immediately settle a contract with UTLA educators that invests in students and fully supports educators.

2. Send a message of support this week via social media. CFT members are encouraged to take a photo with the We Stand with LA Teachers sign and post on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts this week in support of UTLA. Use the hashtags #WeAreLA and #UTLAStrong, and make sure to tag @UTLANow and @CFTunion.

3. Attend the rally! Thousands of CFT members live and work near downtown Los Angeles. Put your union shirt on and stand side-by-side with the UTLA folks on the front line.

Thanks for stepping up for our brothers and sisters in Los Angeles!

Photo credit: IAFF. Firefighters battle the Woolsey fire in Los Angeles & Ventura Counties.

 

Helping those impacted by the California fires

With fires raging throughout California once again, CFT is actively in contact with members in the impacted areas, working to ensure that they remain safe. So far we know that one CFT member has lost their home and that hundreds more have been evacuated.

If any CFT members you know have been impacted by the fire, please have them contact our Berkeley office ASAP at 510-523-5238, to help arrange for assistance.

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Standing together for our students and our profession

Take the pledge today

The rules have changed, but our commitment to our students hasn’t. We are fiercely dedicated to our students and their families because we believe in the power and promise of public education. We know that our profession, our schools, our colleges, and students are worth fighting for.

As members of a union of educators and dedicated workers, we know that standing together is our best bet to ensure we have the pay and benefits that we need to serve our students well. It’s how we’ll win the policies and funding that truly support a quality education for every California student!

Count me in!

Tell The Senate: Stop Brett Kavanaugh

A Supreme Court nominee should be fair, independent and committed to protecting the rights, freedoms and legal safeguards that protect every one of us. Judge Brett Kavanaugh does not meet this standard.

Tell your senators to say "NO" to the Kavanaugh appointment

American workers, including women, people of color, students and the LGBTQ community, are at the mercy of the next Supreme Court justice. That’s why we have to speak up now. Kavanaugh’s rulings raise very serious concerns about where he stands on key issues like employees’ right to organize, workplace discrimination, voting rights, marriage equality, access to reproductive healthcare and corporate responsibility.

Write to your senators now to tell them to stand firm. Brett Kavanaugh cannot serve on the Supreme Court.

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Tell Congress: Don’t let students go hungry

Write Congress today to save SNAP!

Congress is now debating a bill that would restrict SNAP benefits or even cut off assistance to working families. Currently, there is a three-month time limit that cuts off food assistance to any adult in need who doesn’t have children and can’t find a reliable 20-hour-a-week job. The bill will expand this time limit to all adults ages 18-59 who are not disabled, pregnant or caring for a child under the age of 6, and it will require at least 20 hours of work or in a training program.

This restriction would have a direct effect on parents of school-age children. It also particularly would affect undergraduate students and graduate employees at institutions of higher education. The vast majority of SNAP participants live in households where at least one person is working but they still struggle to make ends meet because of their low wages or inconsistent scheduled working hours.

Write your representative today and urge him or her to oppose this change to SNAP.

April 20th National Day of Action Against Gun Violence

Sign the national pledge

Inspired by the courageous young survivors in Parkland, Florida and across the nation, students, parents, educators and community advocates will join together on April 20, 2018, for the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools. Together we must take up the students’ call, “Books not Guns.”April 20 logo

On April 20th we will mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre by standing together to demand that our elected leaders take meaningful action to stop the violence that is tearing apart our schools and our communities.

The problem extends beyond mass shootings. Gun violence affects the lives of our students far too often, inside and outside of schools. Gun violence affects too many youth, especially in communities of color, on a daily basis. It is far past time for our leaders to take real action when it comes to gun violence. Because they have not acted, we must.

For more information, to find an event near you, and to sign the national pledge, go to protectourschools.com.