Jefferson elementary schools honor local collective bargaining

IMG 4390Melinda Dart, president of the Jefferson Elementary Federation of Teachers, presents a plaque to Superintendent Bernardo Vidales commemorating the occasion when leaders of the AFT local occupied the board room, a key moment in the history of collective bargaining in the District. The plaque ceremony was attended by dozens of teachers and parents, and the plaque was installed permanently on the board room wall.  For more on Jefferson Elementary history, click here.  Fred Glass photo

Faculty and students rally to save San Francisco City College

IMG 4623January 11, 2013—Alisa Messer, president of AFT 2121 at City College of San Francisco, speaks to a crowd of several hundred faculty and students outside Diego Rivera Theater. The rally was held at the same time as the CCSF interim chancellor was delivering her remarks on Flex Day to a nearly empty auditorium. Despite the mandate from San Francisco voters on behalf of City College last November, when 73% voted for a parcel tax to shore up the college's finances after years of state budget cuts, the interim chancellor has worked with a state-appointed trustee to sequester the funds, creating an artificial fiscal emergency, and imposing pay cuts and layoffs for faculty and staff, and fewer classes for City College students. Fred Glass photo - More photos here.

CFT celebrates election victory with Progressive Convening and looks forward

photo December 6, 2012—Courage Campaign Chair Rick Jacobs (left) and CFT President Joshua Pechthalt hold up a cake painted with California map frosting before Progressive Convening attendees in Los Angeles celebrated the Prop 30 victory by consuming it.  The meeting included representatives from the Reclaiming California's Future coalition and dozens of other organizations. The group analyzed the election results and began to plan for the next steps in making California a better place to live. Fred Glass photo