Marking a significant victory for all community college educators, on May 15th the Assembly Appropriations Committee stood with counselors, librarians, faculty and students by failing to pass AB 806 (Wilk) which would have included counselors and librarians in the fifty percent formula.
This bill would have diluted the total amount of funding spent in the classroom and would have provided a net gain to the total amount of monies spent outside of the classroom on administration and management.
Asm. Wilk tried to use false support for counselors and librarians as a sleight of hand to garner more resources on the management ledger in the community college system but was defeated thanks to the hard work of CTA, CCA, and labor organizations.
Nothing could be more important than your involvement in responding to SSTF as it begins to roll out as proposed legislation. Make sure your chapter is informed and involved!
These are critical times for teachers' unions across the nation. Here are some important resources for understanding issues directly affecting CCA members:
On April 4, 1968, 43 years ago in Memphis, a long struggle for human rights and human dignity ended in the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but it brought economic justice and the respect that all people deserve to 1,300 city sanitation workers.
On April 4th, the anniversary of Dr. King’s death, labor unions, civil rights organizations, and religious leaders stood together across this country for the same human rights and human dignity for working men and women.
We remember the courage and determination of Dr. King and those workers who endured assault and arrest as they walked a picket line for two months. We have stood together as one with public workers across this country whose bargaining rights are under attack, with private workers who can’t get bargaining rights, and against those politicians and their allies who want to silence our political voice.
This is an ongoing campaign in which public workers across the country are uniting to stand up for their rights. The event kicked off on April 4, 2011 and many rallies and events are continuing to be scheduled.
Hundreds of thousands of union members and our allies took part in more than 1,000 solidarity actions in April to support embattled workers in the states.
These teach-ins, vigils, faith services and town halls honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tenn., where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. The workers were trying to form a union with AFSCME.
EducationVotes.nea.org is creating a nationwide call to action, organizing and mobilizing teachers across America. Let your voice be heard for educators and workers' rights. This call-to-action organization believes that educators, school support staff, nurses, firefighters and other middle class workers are essential to the well-being and safety of our families and communities.
Working Americans need to use the strength of our numbers to fight for better wages and benefits, job security and safer workplaces. Furthermore, the attacks happening in state after state are more of the same old partisan politics. The goal is to stop the power struggle. We need balance that brings our leaders together to create quality jobs and solves the problems hurting middle class families across the country.
Pres. Ron Norton Reel's Jan. 9 Speech
to Board of Governors
on Student Success Task Force
CTA stands with Wisconsin workers--
Candlelight vigil, state capitol