The Guild’s Health & Financial Wellness Conference held via Zoom on September 18 was a great success, with 266 faculty members attending. If you couldn’t make it, it’s not too late. Another session is coming up on Friday. September 25. Register through the link on the Guild’s homepage, www.aft1521.org.

While we’ve pivoted to remote teaching, we are still engaged in refining this new way of working virtually. The Guild has been actively working with the District to ensure the safety of our faculty while protecting job security. While enrollment for fall is down 13% for a variety of reasons, the Guild continues to protect jobs and ensure safe working conditions. We have signed MOU’s on health benefits for adjuncts, online performance evaluations, and the right to work remotely through the course of the pandemic or until it is safe to return to face-to-face teaching.

We have accomplished a lot in the last six months and will continue our efforts. Adding to the loss of voting rights icon John Lewis, we now grapple with the potential impact on our country of the devastating loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a staunch advocate for gender equality. May their legacy become a movement.

Our success in recent negotiations was due in large part to member engagement. With so much on the ballot, we need you to be part of our efforts to ensure success in the November election. In addition to changing the occupant of the White House, we need to pass Propositions 15 and 16 and elect our endorsed candidates for the LACCD Board of Trustees. As our “bosses,” the trustees have a huge impact on our working conditions. All of us need to spread the word, phonebank, and send Dear Friend cards to elect Andra Hoffman (Seat #1), David Vela, (Seat #3), Nichelle Henderson (Seat #5), and Mike Fong (Seat #7).
 
Stay safe, stay well, stay involved!
 
In Unity,
Joanne Waddell
AFT 1521 President