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09/03/2021 Take action now to extend emergency COVID sick leave in CA

On September 30, California’s emergency COVID sick leave will expire if our elected officials in Sacramento don’t act. Without an extension, many California workers will be in danger of losing their jobs if they are unfortunate enough to get infected with COVID. School workers without sufficient sick leave will also be at risk of losing pay should they become infected with COVID.

With most kids still unvaccinated and schools reopening, parents are already receiving notices of quarantines and classroom closures, potentially requiring families to keep kids home for days or weeks at a time. Without the extension of emergency COVID sick leave, parents are at risk of being terminated or forced to quit their jobs to care for their children.

Allowing the emergency COVID sick leave to expire will directly force both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to work while sick, jeopardizing the health of themselves, their co-workers, and the public.

Please urge California’s legislative leaders to extend the emergency COVID sick leave. The safety of our families and communities is at stake.

08/11/2021 YC AFT Update On Issues for Part Timers Zoom Meeting

On 08/11/2021 YC AFT met via Zoom to discuss issues related to Part Time Faculty. Here is the Zoom Cloud Recording from that meeting.

05/12/2021 Urging Governor Newsom To Fully Fund Community Colleges in the Upcoming Budget

Dear Community College Colleagues:

This week CFT launched an online campaign urging Governor Newsom and legislators to fully fund community colleges in the upcoming budget. Specifically, they are urging our elected leaders to do the following four things:

  1. Extend the hold harmless provision in the funding formula. (ASCCC resolution for more information)
  2. Expand the COLA and eliminate contingencies. (COLA is the basis for increases on salary schedule)
  3. Eliminate all deferrals. (ASCCC information on the deferral process)
  4. End the wasteful expense of CalBright. (CalBright is sucking funding from other community colleges)

Please help us get the word out about the campaign, by signing the online letter.
On the CalBright front, there is some excellent news to report. On Thursday the California Assembly voted UNANIMOUSLY in favor of AB 1432 (Low), a CFT-sponsored bill that would eliminate CalBright College.

Click Here to Sign The Letter

05/05/2021 AB375

This is your chance to speak out for AB375!

Here is an AB375 (Raising the teaching cap to 80 to 85 percent) support letter from Michael Young, our Lobbyist. (Click to Download Support Letter)

For those of you who don’t know, AB375 was put into suspense (effectively a hold) in appropriations because there were some costs falsely attached to it. They added some false health care costs and the cost of giving every part-timer an 85% load – which this bill does NOT do. CFT is working to have this estimate revised. 

On May 21st, it will be determined whether it is to be voted out of suspense or not–we obviously want it out of suspense!

This letter is addressed to Lorean Gonzalez, the Chair of Assembly Appropriations. We need to get as many of these letters signed and sent as possible. In Saturday’s CCC meeting, Michael also encouraged us to reach out to supportive board members and have them send in letters, as this will have added impact.

When you sign the letter you can forward your letter to Micheal Young and he will make sure they are submitted correctly. Michael’s email is Note the date above. The letters need to arrive a couple of days before May 21st.

Good luck on your efforts and to seeing AB375 Move forward!

Click to Download Support Letter

05/03/2021 Upcoming Webinars & Trainings Open to All CFT Members

Combating Homelessness

 Tuesday, May 4

4:00pm – 5:30pm

PRESENTER: Stephanie WhiteMember, Los Angeles College Faculty Guild

This workshop will review the history of homelessness, the impact of homelessness in our schools, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on homelessness.

The Educator Edit: Preparing Your Life for School Reentry

 Wednesday, May 5

4:00pm – 5:30pm

PRESENTER: Wendy San Juan, Vice President, Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers

Like in in the show Home Edit, this school year required clearing, reinventing, organizing, purging, and rebuilding. We learned that in order to care for our students we had to care for ourselves first. What adjustments will be needed to return to school?

In this interactive workshop we explore strategies and resources including understanding your brain, hacking your physiology to find balance, making the brain-gut connection for mental health, recreating your home to support you at work, how to streamline our efforts to adapt to the new in-school environment, plus a tool kit of resources. Come learn connections to what you are already doing and new ways to help you make the adjustment back to in-school teaching.

Retirement for Part-time Educators

 Friday, May 7

2:00pm – 3:30pm


Want to find out more about the CalSTRS benefits and services you have access to as a part-time educator? In this webinar, you’ll compare the two benefit programs that may be available to you and determine which program you’re paying into. You’ll learn about how to increase your retirement income, the importance of supplemental savings, and considerations to keep in mind throughout your career. You’re helping students build their futures, don’t forget about yours.

About our webinars

When you register to attend a Zoom training webinar, you will receive an email confirmation of your registration directly from Zoom. The email will contain the link to join the videoconference from your PC, Mac, iOS or Android device, as well as the phone number if you choose to call in for your audio.

Additional training information can be found at

04/07/2021 Assembly Bill Updates

Assembly Bill 1432: The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) is proud to sponsor Assembly Bill 1432 (Low) which eliminates the Calbright College allowing the legislature to redirect those funds as well as any remaining unspent one-time dollars back to the California Community College System. Click to read more...

AB 1432 Sample Support Letter (Word file) click to download

Assembly Bill 1269: The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) is proud to co-sponsor Assembly Bill 1269 (Garcia) which would help create parity for part-time faculty of the California Community Colleges so that equal work results in equal pay. Click to read more...

AB 1269 Sample Support Letter (Word file) click to download

AB-375 Community colleges: part-time employees: This bill would instead require community colleges, as a condition of receiving funding allocated for the Student Equity and Achievement Program, to negotiate in good faith with the exclusive representatives for part-time, temporary faculty on the terms of the reemployment preference for part-time, temporary faculty assignments and the regular evaluation process for part-time, temporary faculty. Click to read more…

02/25/2021-Advancing Equity on Campus & the New Deal for Higher Education:

  Wednesday, March 10, 4pm – 5:30pm



Alyssa Picard, Director, AFT Higher Education

Jennifer Shanoski, President, Peralta Federation of Teachers

Rika Yonemura-Fabian, Member, San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers

Chris Goff, Assistant Director, AFT Higher Education

Our institutions of higher education face multiple crises which have come into sharper contrast during the pandemic. Austerity policies have resulted in chronic underfunding, over-reliance on contingent faculty, unmanageable student debt burdens, and a narrow focus on job training to the exclusion of the public good. The result has been growing inequity in our colleges among faculty and staff, with higher education increasingly out of reach for many students. Much can be done to set higher education back on the right path. Union leaders will share the work their unions are doing to tackle inequality in their colleges. We’ll learn about the recently launched campaign for a New Deal for Higher Education, encompassing a broad platform to address all of these crises. Join us and learn what we can do to advance a just and inclusive system of higher education for all. When you register to attend a Zoom training, you will receive email confirmation of your registration directly from Zoom. The email will contain the link to join the videoconference from your PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device, as well as the phone number if you choose to call in for your audio. You can learn about and register for all CFT training opportunities at

01/05/2021 Ask Dr. Fauci

Ask Dr Fauci

If there’s a specific question or topic you want to make sure we don’t miss, please submit it here.

09/18/2020 Yes on Prop 15 — Schools and Communities First

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We need your help to pass the California ballot measure that will bring in $12 billion of additional funding for our schools and communities.

We will be phone banking Friday the 25th from 10-12 and Wed the 30th from 3-5. Please sign up using the links below for one of those phone bank times. Feel free to send this information to others to recruit more volunteers. Don’t hesitate to contact Genean ( if you have any questions or concerns.

Sept. 25 Phone Banking Signup

Sept. 30 Phone Banking Signup

07/24/2020 Betsy DeVos Diverts Federal Funding From Public Schools

It’s no secret that the Trump administration is dangerously failing public school students, teachers, and school staff in their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and in their rush to open in-person instruction in schools.

But perhaps the worst offender is the person who should be a voice for public education: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. DeVos recently ruled that CARES Act relief funds can be diverted from public schools to wealthy private schools, a move so egregious that the State of California has filed a lawsuit to prevent her from diverting part of the $13 billion CARES Act dollars intended for public education to private schools. Of the total $13 billion in CARES Act funding earmarked for public education, $1.65 billion is intended for California’s schools.

AFT President Randi Weingarten penned an op-ed in the July 23 edition of the New York Daily News, calling out DeVos’s actions. Weingarten says, “What we won’t stand for is needlessly putting ourselves, our students and our communities in harm’s way because our federal government refuses to take the necessary precautions to get the virus under control, and refuses to make the necessary investments to make our schools safe.”

To join AFT in speaking out against DeVos’s unacceptable decision to place the needs of wealthy private schools over those of public school students, you can sign the AFT Petition. Tell Betsy DeVos to stop diverting public funding away from our public schools.

07/09/2020 Schools and Communities First

Get to the know the California ballot measure that will bring in $12 billion of additional funding for our schools and communities.

Tell Congress to pass the HEROES Act! Invest Now to Get America Safely Back to School and Back to Work

06/25/2020 2020-21 Budget Summary Final

To: CFT Executive Council, Local Presidents, Formula Funded and Staff
From: CFT Legislative and Research Departments
Re: Topline Overview of 2020-21 Budget Deal

On Monday, June 22, 2020, the governor and legislature reached a compromise on the 2020-21 budget. Currently, the legislature is debating the main budget bill and a series of budget trailer bills, which provide additional details. The legislature is expected to approve the budget by Friday, June 26, 2020. Once passed, the governor has until the end of June to sign it. The budget will go into effect on July 1, The CFT will provide a full analysis of the budget once the governor signs it. Below is a brief summary of the budget bills we expect will be signed next week. Given the fact that the tax deadline has been postponed until July 15, we expect to see adjustments to the budget that the governor signs… Continue reading here.

Unemployment Information Session

Hello all part timers!!

Thank you to all of you who made it to our first time ever ALL YCCD YCAFT meeting. It was great to see your faces!
All the materials from yesterday are posted there under the COVID19 tab. The results from the faculty safety survey are also there. 

If you have been asked to teach F2F this summer and you are not comfortable with the COVID protection measures that the district is planning to make, you have choices.

You are an at-will employee. You can turn back your offered class, even if you have already agreed to teach, with very few consequences.
You cannot be fired for turning down work.
YCCD has no problem canceling your class when THEY want to do so. And they will continue to do so.
If you do not have another job, you can apply for unemployment and get up to $1050 per week. Under the rules for this summer, you can say you have no work because of COVID, if you do not feel the district has provided enough protection for you or your students.
You do not have to have a COVID related reason to get the extra $600 when you file for unemployment this summer.
You will still be on the seniority list next summer. You still have to be offered classes next summer whether you teach this summer or not.
Use our filing for unemployment guide on our website,
If you feel you are putting yourself at risk, sit this summer out.
If you want to teach your F2F, use every precaution you can think of and stay safe.

If you summer class is cancelled file for unemployment right away. $1050 a week is worth the effort. Use the guide on our website.
Stay safe. In solidarity, Elaine Robinson,YCAFT President

Calling All Unit Members!

Hello everyone,

AFT is in the middle of a call campaign to try and contact everyone in the unit. We would like to check in on your transition to distance learning, make sure you have the latest information about what is going on in the district, and collect up-to-date contact information so we can keep in touch.

05/07/2020 We’re here to serve and support union members

The Union Plus Digital Toolkit

Important Resources for Your Members During This Challenging Time
The May Digital Toolkit will provide you with digital resources to share with your members, including Union Plus Hardship Help Benefits, and the real discounts and savings they need will need as we all struggle during this difficult time.

These valuable resources are here for you to share on your union’s website, via email and/or on your social media.


Union Plus Hardship Help

We’re here when you need us.
Participants in our Union Plus Mortgage, Credit Card, Personal Loan, or supplemental insurance programs may be eligible for additional hardship assistance through our Mortgage Assistance Program or other Union Plus hardship assistance programs.


04/20/2020 AFT Training Opportunities


The trainings below are open to all interested members of AFT local unions.

Legal Updates: Parental Leaves for Education Workers

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Members frequently ask how to prepare for childbirth or adoption, and which laws and programs provide benefits. Are school employees entitled to the leave and pay provisions of FMLA and CFRA? How do members know if they’re eligible for disability benefits, and under which plans? What are my rights to child-bonding leave? What benefits are common in union contracts, and how do members coordinate all of these benefits with the employer? Join one of our attorneys to find out how it all works and provide the answers your members need.

Unemployment & Underemployment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(click on time slot below to register)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

12:00pm – 1:30pm

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Are you losing your job (or losing hours) as a result of the current pandemic? Is someone in your household unemployed or underemployed? In many cases, you may be eligible for benefits you’re not aware of. Unemployment benefits have been significantly expanded as a result of the CARES Act and other recent laws, and we’ll cover important changes members need to know about. This workshop will also demystify the process of applying for unemployment benefits. Learn about requirements of the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the step-by-step process when applying for benefits. This workshop will benefit anyone facing reduced, cancelled, or unscheduled work in the present and near-future, and those whose households include people experiencing loss of work. 

Finding Relief from Student Debt

(click on time slot below to register)  

Thursday, April 23, 2020

12:00pm – 1:30pm

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Is student debt still weighing you down in the current crisis? There may be a way to find relief! The recent federal CARES Act provides significant relief from your student burden, at least on a temporary basis.  And if you work for a public institution or for a nonprofit, you may already qualify for public service loan forgiveness. Learn what’s changed to relieve the student debt burden during the current pandemic.  We’ll also share how to qualify for loan forgiveness, how to make your payments manageable, and how we can work together to address the student debt crisis in California.

When you register to attend a webinar, you will receive email confirmation of your registration directly from Zoom. The email will contain the link to join the videoconference from your PC, Mac, iOS or Android device, as well as the phone number if you choose to call in for your audio. You will also receive a helpful email reminder from Zoom one hour before the webinar begins.

You can learn about and register for all CFT training opportunities at

Additional relevant training opportunities through other organizations are provided on our website at

03/22/2020 COVID-19 MOUs

MOU COVID-19 20200321–4 hours paid for moving the first F2F online then 1 hour for each additional class moved.

MOU COVID-19 EVAL 20200322–puts all spring evaluations on hold.

01/10/2020 We have a new CBA (contract)!

Hello all YCCD part time faculty,

The Board of Trustees ratified the CBA (contract) last night at the board meeting.
Last night the union members ratified the CBA (contract) at Union meetings.

We have a new CBA (contract)!

HR is working on the retroactive payments that should be paid within 90 days.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

In solidarity,
Elaine Robinson
YCAFT President

About AFT:

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American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.7 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.

Five divisions within the AFT represent the broad spectrum of the AFT’s membership: pre-K through 12th-grade teachersparaprofessionals and other school-related personnelhigher education faculty and professional stafffederal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the AFT represents approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members.

The AFT is governed by its elected officers and by delegates to the union’s biennial convention, which sets union policy. Elected leaders are President Randi Weingarten, Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson and Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Ricker, along with a 42-member executive council.

Many well-known Americans have been AFT members, including John Dewey, Albert Einstein, Hubert Humphrey, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, former Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador to Japan Mike Mansfield, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, and former United Nations Undersecretary and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche.