A year ago, we were teetering at the edge of a cliff, faced with the unknown consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Janus case. But we survived! (Cue the Gloria Gaynor song…)

Your Faculty Guild is currently on track to reach our goal of 85% membership. Our campuses are energized, and union participation is strong. In a way, Janus has motivated Guild members who recognize the value of unions to bring about positive changes in their institutions and in members’ lives. 

But we can’t afford to take anything for granted -- those with a market-driven reform agenda and an interest in privatization are nipping at our heels. They are behind AB 705 and the Student-Centered Funding Formula (SCFF), which are being instituted based on faulty research and testing. These so-called reforms will most likely result in lower enrollment, producing less revenue for our colleges.

Faculty in the LACCD are already feeling the impact in a loss of assignments as basic skills and remedial classes in Math and English are being cut across the District. We’ve spent a decade touting basic skills classes and pouring funds into promoting them. But the pendulum has swung quickly to college-level classes only. Even proponents of this shift admit they don’t know what the long-term impact will be.

Locally, the Faculty Guild is working to ensure that our seniority and priority protections are adhered to. We are working closely with the Academic Senate to ensure that curricular changes honor shared governance and will benefit students and our institutions. At the state level, on May 22, we will join a statewide coalition in delivering a vote of no confidence in State Chancellor Eloy Oakley for a lack of transparency and failure to engage in collegial consultation with faculty stakeholder groups in developing the SCFF. See the article below for more information.

Contact the Guild Office if you’d like to join us.