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Real News - July 2020

Guild’s Mantra for Reopening -- “Safety First”!
As we consider ways to allow our students to complete classes that were interrupted in the spring, there’s nothing more important than the safety of faculty, staff, and students. The Guild has met with District representatives to begin determining the criteria for a safe completion of hands-on, hard-to-convert classes.
An Insider’s Take on Contract Negotiations
During the entire process of bargaining for a new three-year contract (“the heart and soul of our union,” as some call it), AFT 1521 faculty have been informed and engaged, with hundreds observing the sessions on Zoom. We spoke to one of our chief negotiators, Guild Secretary Mindy Chen, about the negotiating process. Q: What have some of the challenges been.
BOT Endorsements
With an exciting and challenging election season on the horizon, AFT Local 1521 has approved its endorsements for the Los Angeles Community College District’s Board of Trustees in the upcoming November election. At a specially convened meeting of the Guild’s Executive Board, the board voted to endorse David Vela for Seat #3 and Mike Fong for Seat #7.
Calbright College Campaign Yields Results
In what AFT 1521 organizers are calling a “partial win,” Calbright College will see a portion of its budget slashed in the upcoming state budget. The college will lose $5 million in ongoing funds as well as $40 million from $117 million in unspent funds that it had previously received from the state in one-time funding.
In November, Vote Yes on Propositions 15 and 16!
AFT 1521 urges you to vote for two important ballot measures in November – one that will boost greatly-needed funding for education and the other that provides for affirmative action. Proposition 15 will place a tax on commercial and industrial properties, based on their market value, which will be spent for education and local government initiatives.
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Real News - June 2020

President’s Message Making Progress in Uncertain Times
Unpredictable. Unprecedented. Unbelievable. Uncertain. In the midst of a pandemic…in a forced economic recession…and having experienced the most meaningful peaceful protests in two decades, it’s remarkable that our faculty and students have persisted to ensure that education continued to take place.
A Time to Reflect at Annual Guild Membership Meeting
As the 2019-2020 academic year drew to a close, Guild members celebrated the past year’s accomplishments and looked to the future with a mixture of hope and uncertainty. More than 250 faculty attended the meeting, held virtually on a Zoom webinar on May 29th. Members heard a report from the Contract Action Team (CAT) and an update on contract negotiations.
Say His Name – George Floyd
We strongly condemn the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. We are shaken by the cold-blooded brutality that took his life and by the underlying racism that infects some who brazenly violate the public trust. As a union, we will not be deterred from fighting for equity in our workplaces and in our communities.
Defund Calbright
Calbright College is an all-online unaccredited statewide community college with a $137 million budget and only 523 students. Its $20 million budget for the current year works out to $38,000 per student. The college’s first president resigned after less than a year and the school has had difficulty bringing on full-time faculty members.
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