Congress of Connecticut
Community Colleges
February 24, 2016
Member Poll
The 4Cs is embarking on a project to interview long-time 
members about  the union's history. Please share your experiences!  
Reminder: 4Cs Postcard Campaign 
4Cs organizers have postcards for members to sign at upcoming chapter meetings, asking legislators to protect the community colleges from devastating cuts. You can also sign up online. Please encourage others to sign too, including students, alumni, and friends and family!  

The form asks for your contact information so we c an identify  your legislators
The 4Cs will be delivering them  to the Capitol in bulk, so the more  postcards, the better! 

Less than 100 people have signed up online.

How Scalia's Death Affects the Outcome of Friedrichs
Earlier this year, the 4Cs notified our members of a pending Supreme Court case, Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association, that had the potential to "significantly weaken public sector unions and endanger the  nation's core democratic values" (read more here). 

Based on the questions by the Supreme Court justices on the day of the hearing, many were anticipating a 5-4 decision in favor of the plantiff, Rebecca Friedrichs. 

How does Justice Scalia's death affect this outcome? It appears that there is precedent that cases would be reargued after the appointment of a new justice ( Tie votes will lead to reargument, not affirmance). 

President Obama has declared that he will be appointing a nominee to replace Scalia while many Republicans have been arguing that the nominee should be chosen by the next President. 

The 4Cs will continue to update you on the developments of this case.
Last Week's Poll 
In the last newsletter, the 4Cs asked:
What is your reaction to the BOR's Contract Proposals?

A few people mentioned not being able to locate the proposals. They can be found on our website under the negotiations tab,  here. If the 4Cs does not have your personal email, you will be able to find updates about negotiations on our website. (To update your personal email, follow the link in the footer of this email).

Also, it was noted that the 4Cs and the BOR would have its second negotiating session on February 18. That meeting was rescheduled; the next negotiating session will be held on March 2.

Here are some answers that were shared to the latest poll question about the BOR proposals:
  • Classic divide and conquer. Creating higher teaching loads for new hirees essentially creates a category of second class faculty. While the BOR's proposals are not surprising they not only weaken labor but diminish the educational experience of our students. 
  • We need to strengthen -- not weaken -- protection for Part Timers.
  • We already work far more hours than we are paid...The proposed changes to the faculty workload are untenable.
  • I think that the BOR is taking away the autonomy of the individual colleges. One example is trying to limit the number of online classes taught by an instructor. This should be a college decision.
  • The BOR has indicated by its opening position that it does not value its workers or care about our welfare...Through contacts I am hearing that the impact of mistreating unionized workings in Wisconsin is leading to a very noticeable brain drain in the state that is affecting the economy. Is that were CT will be heading next?

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4Cs Calendar

February 24
Asnuntuck Chapter Meeting
Time: 3 - 4:30pm
Location: Cafe II

Tunxis Chapter Meeting
Time: 6pm
Location: 2-201

February 25
Three Rivers Chapter Meeting
Time: 11:30am
Location: B127

Tunxis Chapter Meeting
Time: 3pm

Manchester Chapter Meeting
Time: 3:45
Location: TBA

February 27
Membership Committee Meeting
Time: 10am
Location: 4Cs Office

March 1
Gateway Chapter Meeting
Time: Noon
Location: N100

March 2
Naugatuck Valley Chapter Meeting
Time: 2:30
Location: Room 715

April 30
SAVE THE DATE: 4Cs Membership Conference