Monthly Archives: February 2018


Throughout the month of February, working people have been more energized and organized than any time in recent memory. There have been nationwide moments of silence and fast food strikes to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike. Tens of thousands took to the streets in at least 30 cities this weekend to demand an end to a rigged economy. Today, there are more than 500 worksite actions. Working people are speaking out with pride and passion, even as billionaires and corporate interests tried to use the United States Supreme Court today to attack public service workers, good union jobs and the health and safety of communities across America.

The presidents of the four largest public service unions in America issued the following statements about the collective power of these nationwide mobilizations, and about oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. They are available for further comment today:

“If the Supreme Court’s decision is based on merit, on facts and on the law, there’s no doubt they will rule in favor of working people. In the face of ruthless, dishonest attacks against their freedom to come together in strong unions, working people are drawing the line. We stand united in fighting a rigged system that rewards the super-wealthy at everyone else’s expense. And we will not rest until we build an economy where everyone has a voice on the job, a seat at the table and a chance to succeed.”

  • Lee Saunders, President, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

“This case isn’t about Mark Janus—it’s a ruse funded by the Kochs, the Bradleys, the DeVoses and other anti-union oligarchs to deny working folks the opportunity for a better life. Unions help make possible what would be impossible for individuals acting alone: living wages and a decent retirement, safe and welcoming public schools, affordable college and healthcare, and a voice in our democracy. They’re attacking us because they see a strong labor movement as a threat to their wealth and power.”

  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

“Today, thousands of working people rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court and around the country to send a message that, whatever the decision in this case, these oligarchs won’t stop working families from realizing our American dream. Make no mistake about it, we are living in a system that is rigged to benefit special interests and billionaires at the expense of American working people. It is no shock to most that is has become harder and harder for working people to get ahead and provide stability for their families. The corporate special interests behind this case are dead set on eliminating the rights and freedoms of working people to organize, to negotiate collectively and to have any voice in working to better their lives. This is a blatant slap in the face of educators, nurses, firefighters, police officers and all public servants who make our communities strong and safe.”

  • Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President, National Education Association (NEA)

“Tens of thousands of working people have hit the streets to show that we won’t let any court case stop us from sticking together for the good, union jobs our communities need. Today we call on America’s elected leaders to take action to help more working people join together in unions to turn poverty-wage jobs into good, union jobs that provide financial security to families and strengthen communities.”

  • Mary Kay Henry, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.


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February 2018

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Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

We hope that your Spring semester has gotten off to a great start!

We’ve been working hard to advocate for our faculty members from the district to Sacramento. And we’ve been winning some significant gains despite significant obstacles and difficult political terrain.

In our district, we’ve secured increases in both salaries and district contributions to our health benefits. With your help, we’ve also shined a light on the problem of increasing workload, and continue to advocate for fair and equitable workloads through the new committee formed after negotiating our new contract.

In Sacramento, CFT has contributed to several victories in the legislative and budget processes, including first steps towards free community college in California (AB19). New legislation supported by CFT also included protections for immigrant students (AB 699), expansion of student equity (AB 1018), and improvements to college disciplinary proceedings (AB 1651) among others.

We’ve been able to accomplish these working with all of you in our district, and our fellow educators across the state. And we’ll need to keep standing together to face the challenges yet to come.

Our progress, however, is threatened. This Spring, the Supreme Court is likely to reverse a long-standing ruling that allows unions to collect “fair-share” fees from non-members to support those activities that benefit all faculty. Their expected ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case will affect the entire public sector in the United States. Their aim is to financially weaken our unions, the strongest remaining political vehicles for working people. More information about Janus can be found from American Prospect, The Atlantic, and Labor Notes to name a few.

To face these challenges, we are going to make sure that our membership is as robust as possible. This means that we will be reaching out to all faculty about their membership—particularly those who are fee payers and not members. You may be asked to fill out a membership form (even if you already have) to be sure that we have records for all of our faculty who want to be part of the Union. We’ll be all hands on deck registering members at all three colleges this week and
you can help show our unity by wearing your AFT 1493 t-shirt:

  • at CSM on Monday, February 5 and Thursday, February 8
  • at Cañada on Tuesday, February 6
  • at Skyline on Wednesday, February 7!

It’s an easy and fun way to show our collective power and what we can accomplish as a union.

In Unity,
Monica Malamud
President, AFT Local 1493