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We're Walking Out for a #ThrivingWage

Seattle Colleges Walkout for a Thriving Wage Tues April 11, 10am-12pm

Tuesday, April 11

10am -12pm Teach-Out Locations:

  • Seattle Central College: South Lawn (Broadway & Pine, Capitol Hill)
  • North Seattle College: N College Way Plaza (between N 95th and N 97th Sts)
  • South Seattle College: Cafeteria

1-2pm Rally:

Outside Siegal Center/District Office (1500 Harvard Avenue, Capitol Hill)

OPINION: "Fully fund WA community colleges to solve worker shortages" (Seattle Times)

A snippet from a recent opinion piece by Sabrina Tinsley, Louise Chernin and Vandana Slatter in support of state funding for CTCs: 

According to an economic impact study conducted by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, each year Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges, their students and their former students add $20.5 billion to Washington state’s economy. This contribution translates into 321,549 jobs in vital industries like maritime, which currently faces a critical staffing shortfall. When put in this context, the state board’s funding request before the Legislature is not only reasonable, it is essential.

Community and technical colleges specialize in serving historically under-resourced students, and that means they are key to helping our community combat institutionalized racism and injustice. Colleges have taken bold action over many years to advance equity, diversity and inclusion. This is mission-critical work — an urgent moral imperative for us all.

Link to the full piece:  "Fully fund WA community colleges to solve worker shortages," by Sabrina Tinsley, Louise Chernin and Vandana Slatter, Seattle Times, April 4, 2023

What unions do

In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.

IN THE NEWS: "What faculty salary negotiations mean for SCC students" (Seattle Collegian)

A snippet from a recent article from The Seattle Collegian, the student paper at Central:

Faculty’s struggle to stay afloat not only affects their day-to-day lives, but it also directly impacts students. If teachers aren’t paid enough to sustain themselves, how will they be able to cultivate the best learning experience for students? Every student enrolled at SCC has probably noticed a feeling of vacancy that lingers throughout the school. Classes have been cut, programs have been cut, and during certain hours of the day, it feels like you’re walking in an abandoned building. We feel the effects of underfunding everyday.

Sophia Bruscato, an international student at SCC, explains that lack of funding has hindered her passion for singing and taking music courses. “The entire building dedicated for music students and classes, which has hundreds of keyboards, pianos, rooms, and a theater, is completely closed except for third-party usage of renting the theater for random events…the entire building and its resources are useless for hundreds of students who need them and would benefit from them,” Bruscato says. She also laments the shortage of in-person classes. “By summer,” she says, “I will have paid nearly $40,000 to sit in my basement watching online classes. Out of the 73 credits I’ve taken/am taking so far, only three of my classes were in-person. It is obviously not a matter of COVID anymore, it is lack of funding and lack of resources.”

Link to the full article: "What faculty salary negotiations mean for students," by Mo Dulitz, Seattle Collegian, March 2, 2023