TO:                  All Dues-Paying Members of the Peralta Federation of Teachers

DATE:             March 23-25, 2018

SUBJECT:      2018 Election of Delegates to the CFT Convention

The 76th Annual Convention of the California Federation of Teachers has been called to convene at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa from March 23-25, 2018.  The Peralta Federation of Teachers can send as many as 29 delegates to this convention. The ten delegates with the highest votes, in addition to the PFT President, will be reimbursed up to $600 for documented convention-related expenses and $400 for partial attendance (allocations have been made for 5 full-time faculty and 5 part-time faculty to attend).

NOMINATIONS FOR DELEGATES TO
THE CFT CONVENTION
ARE NOW OPEN

Nominees and the person nominating them must be current dues-paying members of the PFT. If you’re not sure you are a member, contact the PFT office (phone: 510-763-8820). Please make certain that whoever you nominate is willing and able to attend the convention, and is a PFT dues-paying member. Self-nominations are acceptable and encouraged.

All nominations must be received in the PFT office no later than
4 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018.

 

DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM

Please join us for our annual winter celebration! On Thursday, Decemeber 14 from 5:00-7:00 we invite you to wind down the semester with food, drink, and good company at the PFT office.
Families are welcome!

Dear Fellow Part-Time Faculty,

We know how hard it can be financially to make ends meet as adjunct faculty, let alone adjunct faculty who have their classes cut. The PFT has established an emergency relief fund for its members who had classes cut called the MERF, and attached are details on how to apply for up to $500 in one-time relief funding. 

The deadline for applying for the current cycle is November 16Please review the criteria and get your applications submitted. We have $10,000 set aside for this academic year for this fund.

Thanks,

Brad

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Please join us for a series of member forums on the A’s stadium:

  • Mon. 10/30: Berkeley City College in room TLC-341, 12:00- 1:30 p.m.
  • Tues. 10/31: College of Alameda in room D-205, 12:00- 1:30 p.m.
  • Wed. 11/1: Laney College in room D-200, 12:00- 1:30 p.m.
  • Thurs. 11/2: Merritt College in room S-354, 12:00- 1:30 p.m

The PFT 1603 Grant Fund for Fall 2017 Fire Loss is available to provide a source of support/funding for current PFT Members who require temporary, immediate financial support due to evacuation from their homes as a result of the fires in Alameda/Napa/Santa Cruz/Sonoma/Solano Counties. 

Grants are for up to $500 and can be used to reimburse losses incurred as a result of evacuation from a home in the fire area due to the fall fire of 2017.

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Dear Peralta Faculty,

The Peralta Federation of Teachers strongly denounces the recent decision by the Trump administration to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which could lead to as many as 800,000 young people being deported, including many students and educators. DACA is a successful federal program instituted 5 years ago by the Obama administration that shields young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States at a young age and attended high school in the United States from deportation. DACA has been a pathway to education and employment for 800,000 people in the U.S, and more than 240,000 in California. We applaud the State of California and the University of California for filing lawsuits against the Trump Administration for rescinding DACA and hope that PCCD will join them.

As community college faculty members, we are on the front lines of higher education. This means that we understand as well as anyone the danger our students now face; and as the instructors who make up the PFT, we are committed to ensuring that they do not face it alone.

What can we do?

Faculty can communicate with their students that people with DACA permits that expire on or before March 5, 2018, can file for renewals until October 5, 2017. No new renewals will be accepted after this date so when discussing this with your students, urge them to act now. (USCIS) will not accept renewals for applicants whose DACA expires after March 5, 2018 and after March 5, 2018 they will lose the ability to legally work in the United States when their permits expire.

Together, we can keep working toward educational opportunities for all students. We have seen moments like these in our history. Whether it is the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, the Chinese Exclusion Act, or the Immigration Act of 1924– all of which took cruel, unnecessary, and ultimately violent stands against marginalized communities and families, they were also moments that produced massive resistance– this is our moment to do the same.

If you haven’t contacted your representative to pass the federal DREAM Act, please do so immediately using the AFTs e-action center.

Please inform your students of the resources available on their respective campuses that will guide them through these sometimes complicated processes, and of the resources available in their own communities that may be of further assistance.

Educator Resources

 

Congress

 

California Federation of Teachers

 

American Federation of Teachers

 

Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teach for Tolerance Program

 

National Education Association

 

California School Board Association

 

United We Dream

 

National Immigration Law Center

 

In Unity,

Peralta Federation of Teachers

AFT 1603

Contact Us

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Suite B
Oakland, CA 94606-2825
Phone: (510)763-8820
E-mail address: Union@pft1603.org
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