The Community College Association

For Labor Day: 36 Reasons to Thank a Union
Show your support for the labor movement and what it's brought to improve the everyday lives of Americans. Back by popular demand, here are 36 reasons why you should thank the union. Learn more about the importance of unions at Our Labor Partners.
Does Higher One Profit from Students' Financial Aid?
Higher One  profits from students’ financial aid money by charging excessive fees, says Merced College philosophy professor and CCA Board member Keith Law. Read his recent column from the Modesto Bee.
Merits of Anti-worker Friedrichs Lawsuit Questioned
The announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Friedrichs vs. CTA in the fall has generated a national discussion on the merits of the lawsuit that would prohibit unions from collecting fair share fees. In her recent Washington Times column, Ann C. Hodges, professor of Law at the University of Richmond sides with CTA, arguing, "The Supreme Court should leave well enough alone," Read reactions from CTA President Eric Heins, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García and other union leaders and learn more about this important issue.
Let's Close the Corporate Tax Loopholes in California
California’s infrastructure is deteriorating and funding for schools has dropped from 21st nationally to 46th because of an unfair tax system that allows wealthy corporations to escape paying their fair share, noted economist Robert Reich reveals in a new video. Read the CTA blog post and learn more about what CCA, CTA and other organizations are doing together as part of the Make it Fair coalition. It’s time to get involved!
CTA Assists Members in Natural Disasters
CCA members: If you have been impacted by the recent wildfires and have suffered a hardship related to damage to a primary residence or campusl site, you may be eligible for a grant from CTA's Disaster Relief Fund. Start the online mobile application process or download the application to receive financial assistance.
Green Elected as CTA's Higher Education Director
Chico State University professor Susan Green was elected to serve a one-year term as the higher education representative on the CTA board. Learn more about Green and the 2015-16 CCA Board members here.  
Presidential Candidates Release College Affordability Plans
Taking aim at the excessive costs of college, the three Democratic presidential candidates have released plans to expand the federal government’s role in financing higher education. Hillary Clinton’s higher education plan provide grants to states that promise to create no-loan tuition plans at public, four-year institutions, while Sen. Bernie Sanders’s free-tuition plan would offer states $2 of federal money for every dollar they spend on reducing or eliminating tuition. Gov. Martin O’Malley also proposes setting a national goal that all students have access to a high-quality, debt-free college education within 5 years. The wide field of Republican candidates has yet to release any plans.
Online Education May Not be All That
Despite the hoopla surrounding online courses, a large study of online education used by students at California's massive community college system found that online students are not doing as well as those who enroll in face-to-face courses, according to Inside Higher Education. What’s your experience been with online education? Contact Dina Martin at or CCA President Lynette Nyaggah at
Supporting Campus Equity
San Joaquin Delta College faculty (from left) Marcos Contreras, Wes Swanson, Cirian Villavicencio and Ed Torres display their support for Campus Equity. You can show your support by displaying a Campus Equity poster designed by CCA member Denise Johnson. Also check out NEA's poster that asks a thought-provoking question. 
Next Up, Fall Conference

CCA's three conferences have now concluded for the 2014-15 year. We hope you will apply the training your received to strengthen your chapters. Please encourage your colleagues to attend next year, beginning with the Fall Conference Oct. 16-18 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in San Jose. Stay tuned for more information!

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