Monthly Archives January 2019

Class Starts Tonight! Enroll Now in Labor Studies for the Spring Semester!

AFT Guild members receive tuition and book reimbursement upon successful completion of the course! Enroll Now in Labor Studies for the Spring Semester! Check out the Labor Studies Program at City College this Spring 2019! CLASS BEGINS ON JANUARY 31st REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN—SIGN UP TODAY!! Now, More Than Ever, We Need to Be Organized and EDUCATED About Workers’ Rights! Labor Studies 102: Labor Law Interested in the laws that affect you as a worker? From your rights as employees to laws impacting unions such as Janus v. AFSCME, this course is a practical study of labor law. It is

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Ratification Voting: GCCCD Faculty-New Union Contract!

Dear GCCCD AFT Guild Members,   As I announced on January 16th and discussed during our professional development week presentation last week, we have reached a tentative agreement with the District on a new faculty contract which will run from January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021!   This comes after 26 months of negotiations, and was only made possible by the election of Brad Monroe and Linda Cartwright to our Governing Board, who joined with incumbents Debbie Justeson and Elena Adams to cast the votes needed for a long awaited and long overdue settlement.   I also want to

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This Week in Labor History: 1/28 – 2/3

January 28   American Miners’ Association formed – 1861 First U.S. unemployment compensation law enacted, in Wisconsin – 1932 January 29 Responding to unrest among Irish laborers building the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, President Andrew Jackson orders first use of American troops to suppress a labor dispute – 1834 Six thousand railway workers strike for a union and the end of 18-hour day – 1889 Sit-down strike helps establish United Rubber Workers as a national union, Akron, Ohio – 1936 American Train Dispatchers Department granted a charter by the AFL-CIO – 1957 Dolly Parton hits number one on the record

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This Week in Labor History: 1/21 – 1/27

January 21 Some 750,000 steel workers walk out in 30 states, largest strike in U.S. history to that time – 1946 Postal workers begin four-day strike at the Jersey City, N.J., bulk and foreign mail center, protesting an involuntary shift change. The wildcat was led by a group of young workers who identified themselves as “The Outlaws”- 1974 Six hundred police attack picketing longshoremen in Charleston, S.C. – 2000 January 22 Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California – 1826 Birth of Terence V.

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UTLA Teachers Walking the Picket Line in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

United Teachers Los Angeles Are Walking the Picket Line in the Footsteps of  Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr. by Jim Miller, AFT Guild, Local 1931, Political Action VP This year the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday falls in the midst of one of the biggest teachers strikes in recent American history.  And Dr. King, who gave his life while supporting a public sector sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis, Tennessee because he saw it as a model for his Poor People’s Campaign, would recognize the spirit of this strike.  By the end of his life, King, who had long supported

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NEW! GCCCD Adjunct Faculty Paid Office Hours for Spring2019-Don’t forget to include in your syllabi!

Dear GCCCD Adjunct Faculty Members, In our recent contract negotiations we were able to win a new paid office hour program available for college adjunct faculty who choose to participate!  The program is effective this spring semester, and only applies to fall and spring semesters.  For those of you that also teach in the San Diego CCD, this program will follow nearly the same parameters as the San Diego CCD model. To be eligible for this program, you must: 1.   a) Submit the attached form to your dean’s office no later than the second week of your assignment(Deans and Secretaries:  VCHR Tim

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New Board Members = New Faculty Contract!

Dear GCCCD AFT Members, It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that subsequent to only two Board meetings after being sworn in, newly elected Board members Linda Cartwright and Brad Monroe provided the needed votes, joining with Debbie Justeson and Elena Adams, to finalize our 26 month long arduous contract negotiation process!  Last night the Board voted to tentatively accept our new contractual agreement, subsequent to ratification by our faculty. This new agreement, once ratified, will run from January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021. The details of the economic pieces of this package are as

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AFT Guild Sponsored Professional Development Activities – Spring 2019

Dear AFT Guild Members, Happy New Year! Below please find a detailed list of all the Professional Development activities your AFT Guild will be sponsoring.  AFT Guild members are welcome to attend any event at any site.  We will also have AFT Guild site representatives available at many of the campus hosted functions to answer any general questions you might have. Best of luck to you all for a great Spring Semester!  I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in the coming weeks! In Unity, Jim Jim Mahler, President AFT Guild, Local 1931

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This Week in Labor History: 1/14 – 1/20

January 14   Clinton-era OSHA issues confined spaces standard to prevent more than 50 deaths and 5,000 serious injuries annually for workers who enter confined spaces – 1993 Pennsylvania Superior Court rules bosses can fire workers for being gay – 1995 Some 14,000 General Electric employees strike for two days to protest the company’s mid-contract decision to shift an average of $400 in additional health care co-payments onto each worker – 2003 A 15-month lockout by the Minnesota Orchestra against members of the Twin Cities Musicians’ Union, Local 30-73 ends when the musicians agree to a 15 percent pay cut

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