RANK & FILES, Apr-May 2017

David Stein, lecturer of history and African-American studies at UCLA and member of UC-AFT Los Angeles, Local 1990, received the Maria Stewart Best Journal Article Prize from the African American Intellectual History Society for his article titled “This Nation Has Never Honestly Dealt with the Question of a Peacetime ‘Economy’: Coretta Scott King and the Struggle for a Nonviolent Economy in the 1970s.” Stein also co-hosts a monthly podcast called Who Makes Cents covering the history of capitalism.

Betty Forrester, retiring CFT Vice President and AFT Local 1021 president of United Teachers Los Angeles, was the recipient of the EC/TK-12 Council’s Raoul Teilhet “Educate, Agitate, Organize” Award. Telling people they needed to be there for each other in hard times, Forrester told people at the ceremony to be sure to get together with others, to have breakfast or a drink, to be social. “Over my 42 years, I think what’s most important is the relationships,” she said. “We have some tough times ahead — put your arms around everyone.”

Axel Borg, wine and food science bibliographer at UC-Davis, and member of UC-AFT Davis, Local 2023, won the 2017 Charles P. Nash Prize, which acknowledges achievement in and commitment to promoting shared governance and promoting and advocating for faculty interests and welfare. Both Borg’s professional service and union achievements were considered by the selection committee.

Man Phan, professor of business and marketing at Cosumnes River College, and member of the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers, Local 2279, was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Prior to Phan’s teaching, he was a business development manager and a member of the San Diego City Council. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership and master’s in business administration.

Daniel Tsang, librarian emeritus, and member of UC-AFT Irvine, Local 2226, won a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to research how protest literature, media, and art in Hong Kong is being safeguarded and preserved for future generations. Tsang will spend next year in Hong Kong, his birthplace, as the island marks 20 years since its return to China. At UCI, Tsang was the data librarian and bibliographer for political science, economics and Asian American studies.

David Burke, teacher at North Monterey County Middle School and member of the North Monterey County Federation of Teachers, Local 4008, was named Unionist of the Year by the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council. State Senator Bill Monning presented the award.