The Advocate

The Advocate, newsletter of the San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1493, is available in .pdf format– by clicking on the links for the specific issues below. Links to supplemental information related to specific articles in an issue are listed under the link for that issue. (To read .pdf files, see the bottom of this page for details on downloading Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
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May 2010

The Advocate – 33.6 – May 2010 (2 MB)

In this issue:

  • March for California’s Future points to ways forward from state’s budget crisis
  • Contract talks focus on Board policies; economic issues still ahead
  • More flex days, more non-instructional work, but less real professional development
  • AFT and District Academic Senate make plans to collaborate
  • Across AFT’s great divide: A part-timer’s view of losing classes
  • A history of the neoliberal assault on public education
  • Q&A about the District’s post-retirement health care funds
  • Part-timers are eligible for unemployment benefits
  • AFT 1493 elections have begun; don’t forget to vote

April 2010

The Advocate – 33.5 –
April 2010 (2 MB)

In this issue:

Extensive coverage & photos from March 4th actions & “March in March”!

  • District students, faculty & staff join over 10,000 at “March in March”
  • March 4th actions at all 3 colleges & major S.F. event
  • website named best in state!
  • California needs to decide budgets by majority vote
  • Six AFT 1493 delegates attend CFT Convention
  • March for California’s Future challenges state priorities
  • AFT 1493 decides to support District parcel tax, despite inequities
  • An introduction to retirement health care benefits

February 2010

The Advocate – 33.4 – February 2010 (2.1 MB)

In this issue:

  • Hundreds attend teach-ins on budget crisis at all three colleges
  • District decision-making must be transparent and inclusive
  • Contract talks continue, but progress is slow
  • Senate leaders respond to budget crisis in our District
  • Opinion: One way to reduce college costs: Cut from the top
  • In memoriam: George Goth
  • AFT 1493 is looking for a few new leaders

December 2009

The Advocate – 33.3 – December 2009 (2.2 MB)

In this issue:

  • Community college faculty and students begin organizing against cuts
  • District offers zero, wants to roll back faculty rights
  • Administrators’ pay rose 11 – 16% in last two years, faculty lag far behind
  • Resource Allocation Model appears to favor District Office
  • CSM community organizes vigil to “save education”
  • Skyline “Concerned Faculty” challenge budget cut strategy
  • Part Time Faculty Group joins AFT

November 2009

The Advocate – 33.2 – November 2009 (1.2 MB)

In this issue:

  • President’s Letter: Budget situation is worse than a Halloween horror movie
  • Is there a better way to reduce the budget? – Consider structural reorganization & centralization
  • District part-time faculty group proposes new social contract
  • Know your rights in evaluation procedures
  • Letter: Community colleges’ transfer function needs support
  • A part-timer’s view on the state budget and our colleges
  • Retirees’ group planning two end-of-year events
  • We need to fight for California’s future