Part-time faculty – send a letter to incoming Gov. Newsom

One of the critical factors to increasing student success in the California Community Colleges is ensuring faculty-student interaction. But nearly 70 percent of community college faculty are temporary, part-time instructors, who are largely paid only for their time in the classroom.

Increasing student-teacher interaction can be done, in part, by hiring more full-time instructors. Another way is to increase paid office hour funding for part-time faculty.

Please ask Gov. Newsom to increase the allocation of funding in his January budget proposal for these important programs:

1) $150 million in ongoing funding for more full-time faculty positions;

2) $150 million in ongoing funding for paid office hours for part-time faculty.

Faculty working conditions affect our students’ learning conditions. We can and must do better.

> Download the letter (Microsoft Word)


Time to stand with our UTLA brothers and sisters

Sign the CFT petition in support of UTLA members

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 members are now on strike 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

How you can help

With so much on the line, these brave educators need our support. Here is what you can do to help:

Organize a #RedforEd day at your school: You can help by organizing a #RedforEd day at your school or work site during the strike. Take photos and post online, tagging @UTLAnow and @CFTunion, and using the hashtags #RedforEd #IamCFT #WeAreLA, #UTLAstrong, and #Strike4Ed.

Organize school walk-ins on Tuesday, January 15th. The AFT is calling for nationwide school walk-ins on January 15th to support UTLA. During the walk-ins, parents, educators, students and other invited guests are encouraged to gather in front of their schools 30-45 minutes before the school day begins to rally and listen to speakers express support for Los Angeles educators, before walking in as a group to begin their school day. If January 15th doesn't work, choose another day!

Sign the CFT petition: Please take a moment to sign and share the CFT petition in support of the courageous educators of UTLA, and their stand against austerity in LAUSD schools.

Join the picket line: If you live and work in the Los Angeles area, please joining a picket line at a nearby school on any morning during the strike from 7:00-9:00 a.m. Direct support for striking workers on the picket line is always appreciated.

Check out UTLA’s campaign website for more information about the strike and events that will take place in the coming days. Frequent updates will also be posted on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.

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.