Monthly Archives February 2018

Save the Date: Next AFT Thirsty Thursday Event – March 8th

Dear Colleagues, Our next informal happy hour event “Thirsty Thursday,” will be held on Thursday, March 8th, from 5:00-6:30 at Burning Beard Brewing Company located at 785 Vernon Way, El Cajon, CA 92020 just north of Parkway Plaza. Bring your friends and join us for good drink, good food, and informed discussion regarding the Beard Ethos, their approach to beer making, and how they approach wild ales and conventional beer. Please see the flier below for more details.  No RSVP required. Hope to see you then! In Unity, Jim

Read More

AFT Guild Union Meeting: Thursday, March 1st – City College

Dear AFT Guild Members,   Our next AFT Guild Union meeting will be held this Thursday, March 1st beginning at 3:00pm at City College, in the MS building which is on the corner of 16th and C Streets downtown.  There is a parking structure in the building.  We will meet in room MS-140.   Attached is the tentative agenda for this Thursday’s meeting.  Please let me know if you have any items you would like to see added to the agenda.   Hope to see you Thursday!   In Unity, Jim Jim Mahler, President

Read More

Thank A Union – Spread the Word

  The Supreme Court heard a case this morning (Janus v. AFSCME) brought by the rich and powerful who are trying to take away your freedom to join in union. The American labor movement is a family that will not be pushed around or denied. Working people pave the streets, drive the buses, educate our children, and are the first to respond in times of emergency. Working families know best what is needed to build a better life for ourselves and our loved ones. Take a moment right now to show your commitment to the fight for workers’ rights by

Read More

This Week in Labor History – February 26

This Week in Labor History February 26 Congress OKs the Contract Labor Law, designed to clamp down on “business agents” who contracted abroad for immigrant labor. One of the reasons unions supported the measure: employers were using foreign workers to fight against the growing U.S. labor movement, primarily by deploying immigrant labor to break strikes – 1885 (The Labor Law Source Book: Texts of 20 Federal Labor Laws is a very handy collection that puts the full texts of all the major U.S. labor laws into one book. Includes the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and

Read More

TOMORROW: Working Peoples Day of Action – Saturday, February 24th

Dear Colleagues, Just a friendly reminder that the epic Working Peoples Day of Action is coming up this Saturday, February 24th from 3:30-5:00pm at the Convention Center Park East.  Please consider coming out to show your support for unions and workers’ rights in the face of the impending ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which presents a grave threat to public sector unions.   Now more than ever before is time for us to show that we will continue to stand by our union and in solidarity with our fellow workers.  See below for more details on the significance of this event. You can click

Read More

This Week in Labor History – February 19

This Week in Labor History February 19 American Federation of Labor issues a charter to its new Railroad Employees Department – 1909 A few weeks after workers ask for a 25¢ hourly wage, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit (streetcar) Co. fires 173 union members “for the good of the service” and brings in replacements from New York City. Striker-scab battles and a general strike ensued – 1910 (In this expanded edition of Strike! you can read about labor-management conflicts that have occurred over the past 140 years. Here you’ll  learn much about workers’ struggle to win a degree of justice, from the workers’

Read More

Working Peoples Day of Action – This Saturday, February 24th

Dear Colleagues, Just a friendly reminder that the epic Working Peoples Day of Action is coming up this Saturday, February 24th from 3:30-5:00pm at the Convention Center Park East.  Please consider coming out to show your support for unions and workers’ rights in the face of the impending ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which presents a grave threat to public sector unions.   Now more than ever before is time for us to show that we will continue to stand by our union and in solidarity with our fellow workers.  See below for more details on the significance of this event. You can click

Read More

Members needed for AFT Guild Guided Pathways Subcommittee

Dear Colleagues, Given all the recent discussions about Guided Pathways and the different issues facing all campuses around this topic, your AFT Guild has put together a subcommittee to monitor the progress of this program on the various campuses and to ensure that the rights of faculty and staff regarding issues such as workload are protected.  The sub-committee is co-chaired by AFT Guild Executive Council officers Ian Duckles and Kelly Mayhew. If you are interested in participating in this committee or sharing your experiences with Guided Pathways, please send me a brief statement of interest as to why you would be interested in

Read More

2018 CFT Convention Announcement

Dear AFT Guild Members:   The 76th Annual Convention of the California Federation of Teachers will be held at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa commencing Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 10:00 AM and continuing through Sunday, March 25th, 2018 until 1:00 PM.   All AFT Guild members in good standing are eligible to be nominated to serve as a delegate to the convention.  To be nominated, you will need to solicit the signatures of ten (10) other AFT Guild members in good standing.  A nominating petition is attached.  It must be completed and mailed or faxed (619-640-1154) to the AFT Guild office and received no later than 4:00pm,

Read More