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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,

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This Week in Labor History – February 12

This Week in Labor History February 12           Abolitionist Frederick Douglass born into slavery near Easton, Md. – 1818 John L. Lewis, president of United Mine Workers of America and founding president of the CIO, born near Lucas, Iowa – 1880 February 13 A national eight-month strike by the Sons of Vulcan, a union of iron forgers, ends in victory when employers agreed to a wage scale based on the price of iron bars—the first time employers recognized the union, the first union contract in the iron and steel industry, and what may be the first

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Working Peoples Day of Action – Saturday, February 24th

Dear Colleagues,   Just a friendly reminder that the big Working Peoples Day of Action is coming up on Saturday, February 24th from 3:30-5:00 pm 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. You can click here for more details and to RSVP and click here to visit the

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Save the Date – Feb. 24 San Diego Day of Action

Dear Colleagues, Please mark you calendar for this important action on Saturday February 24th at 3:30 at Convention Center Park downtown.  See details in flyer below.   San Diego will be one of only 10 cities across the country where, on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s visit to the Memphis Sanitation Workers strike, we will stand with other union workers and allies from across the city and state to insist on our right to come together in strong unions and have a voice in the workplace and in American democracy.  As we face a new assault from wealthy

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Un-DACAmented Leadership Conference – Go Fund Me Account

On February 24, 2018, The Dreamers Movement and EOPS clubs from Grossmont College will be hosting a conference for DACA,  AB 540,  undocumented students and community at the Grossmont College campus. The purpose of this conference is to serve, empower, educate and unite with our community during this times of great uncertainty.  The conference will consist of different workshops aimed to empower our undocumented population.  Some of the workshops will consist of the latest news on DACA, Scholarships available,  Know your rights,  Licensing with an ITIN, how to contact Congress and many more. Everything will be completely free and will be open to

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AFT Guild Union Meeting: Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Dear Colleagues,   Our next AFT Guild General Membership meeting will be held this this Thursday, February 1st beginning at 3:00pm at our North City Center meeting location: North City Center, 8355 Aero Dr., San Diego, 92123.  There is ample parking in the parking structure adjacent to the building, on the south side.  We will meet in rooms 101/102, right next to the lobby at the main entrance. 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 AFT

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AFT Sponsored Professional Development Course:”Redesigning our College and Classroom” – Earn 2 Units!

Dear Colleagues,   Your AFT Guild has created a professional development course through SDSU College of Extended Studies for AFT Guild members.  The details are below.  You may enroll for TWO UNITS, which may be used for salary advancement (subject to the appropriate approvals in your union contract). The same class is being offered on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.  You can select which day is best for you.  To begin the registration process please enroll using this link: Tuesday Class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/redesigning-our-college-and-classroom-project-based-learning-and-habits-of-mind-tickets-42610181199   Wednesday Class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wed-redesigning-our-college-and-classroom-tickets-42613557297   Please contact our AFT Professional Development Coordinator Elva Salinas <esalinas@sdccd.edu> if you have any questions or need additional

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AFT Guild Sponsored Professional Development Activities – Spring 2018

Dear Colleagues, Welcome to 2018!  Please find a detailed list of all the Professional Development activities your AFT Guild will be sponsoring this week and next.  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. Please take special note that we will be holding two AFT Guild general membership meetings with lunch provided as follows: *       Thurs, 1/25, 12:00-1:30, Cuyamaca College, Student Center, 2nd Floor *       Mon,

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Adjunct Faculty Paid Office Hours Spring 2018-Don’t forget to include in your syllabi!

Dear SDCCD City, Mesa, and Miramar College Adjunct Faculty, In case you were not yet aware of this program, your union negotiated a paid office hour program available for college adjunct faculty who choose to participate.  The program was initiated in 2002, and only applies to the Fall and Spring semesters (not summer or intersession). To be eligible for this program, you must: a) Submit this form to your dean no later than the second week of your assignment (see instructions below if you don’t know how to find your Assignment/Job Empl Record Number); b) Include in your course syllabi the days,

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