Reminder: PFT is bringing in Emily Gordon, Research Director of the California Federation of Teachers, for a faculty workshop on the PCCD budget. The two-hour session is set for Th., Sep. 22, at 3 p.m. in the PFT offices (500 E. Eighth St., Oakland, across the intersection from district A&R). Emily will offer an accessible overview of district finances, and give faculty a clear picture of Peralta’s spending priorities—a useful snapshot to consult as contract talks continue.

And a review of district spending priorities couldn’t be timelier: PFT has been decrying deteriorating working conditions at the colleges—unmaintained classrooms, dirty bathrooms, overcrowded faculty offices, etc.—and both the union and DAS have voiced concerns over the district’s ongoing expansion of the administration.
Email if you plan to attend the 9/22 session so we have plenty of handouts and snacks.

CoA Faculty: We will hold our first chapter meeting of the academic year on Tues., Sep. 13, from 11:30-1 p.m. in room D-208. Please RSVP for lunch to


Additionally: Now that AB 1690, CFT sponsored legislation on part-time faculty job security, has passed out of the legislature, it’s imperative we get your support urging the Governor to sign this historic piece of legislation.

Attached please find a template letter for you to download and modify as you see fit.  Please do not mail your letter directly to the Governor.  Please send them to the CFT Sacramento office.  They will have a much greater impact if we can deliver them en masse when advocates meet next with the Governor’s staff.

Please send your signed letters to:

CFT c/o Debra Burruss
1107 Ninth Street, Suite 460
Sacramento, CA  95814

Please send these letters in ASAP.  The Governor is likely to either sign or veto this legislation in the next few weeks.  (P.S. emails to the Governor will have zero impact.)

 Let PFT know you sent a letter!

Ed Jaramillo, President
Peralta Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1603

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