Sept. 2022 Advocate: State provides major funding for adjunct faculty healthcare

Adjunct faculty healthcare funding

Legislature delivers for part-time faculty healthcare as CFT’s coordinated local organizing campaign kicks off

After a summer of continued CFT advocacy, this week the California Legislature passed a budget trailer bill that included critical language – including every component of CFT’s demands – that will make quality, affordable healthcare much more accessible for community college part-time faculty.

With our state budget victory earlier this summer securing a historic $200 million in annual funding for part-time faculty healthcare, the program language found in the trailer bill will help empower local CFT unions to negotiate dramatic healthcare expansion, ensuring that this funding reaches the faculty who need it most, including “Freeway Flyers” who work in multiple college districts.

As the Legislature was taking this important vote, we kicked off the second phase of our healthcare campaign with multi-local membership meetings in both Fresno and Sacramento. These kickoff meetings were a first in a series of regional gatherings throughout the state to prepare for upcoming negotiations at the local level.

“Our members showed up in force today, to carry this fight forward,” says Keith Ford, president of the State Center Federation of Teachers, who are pictured above. “We are ready to do what it takes to win quality healthcare for part-time faculty.”

For more on the regional meetings, check out the CFT campaign website.