Congratulations to Guild members for having just reached a tentative agreement in negotiations with no takebacks and gains we can be proud of. Watch for your ratification ballot in the mail. We were successful because management knew our faculty were watching and engaged. Thanks to all who joined us virtually to observe the negotiating sessions and Board of Trustee meetings.
As the fall 2020 semester begins, we are facing challenges we never could have expected a year ago. Absent a vaccine for the Coronavirus, it is likely that we will continue working remotely through this academic year. While some have wholeheartedly embraced working remotely, it has posed a challenge for others. Help is available on your campuses, from your colleagues, professional development, and trainers. Our National AFT offers lessons that can be adapted for the community college level: https://sharemylesson.com/
Another challenge we face is declining enrollment. Some students are choosing not to take classes in the fall – seven days out, LACCD enrollment is down districtwide by about 11%.
As the semester starts, so do the Guild’s regular consultations with management. If you encounter issues regarding teaching remotely that you feel haven’t been addressed, contact your Guild chapter presidents so they can work to resolve your issues.
Finally, we have one more important task to accomplish – electing our endorsed candidates for Board of Trustees. Now, more than ever, we need trustees who understand the issues and who are pro-labor and pro-public education. We cannot let a business model of higher education take over our Board. Be part of the solution and join the campaign to elect our endorsed Board candidates: Nichelle Henderson, Andra Hoffman, David Vela, and Mike Fong. Click here for a flyer you can send to your family, friends, and neighbors in the LACCD.