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Local Candidate Endorsements from AFT 1789

American Federation of Teachers Local 1789, representing faculty of the Seattle College District, is proud to make the following endorsements in this year’s elections:

Additionally, we are proud to stand with Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant against the campaign to recall her from the council. 


We know that these candidates are and will continue to be strong advocates for the needs of our members, our students, our community, and our siblings in organized labor. We look forward to working with them to fight for better working and living conditions in our city.

2021-2023 Executive Board & Faculty Senate Officers


District Level Officers:

  • District President: Annette Stofer
  • District Secretary: Althea Lazzaro 

  • District President for Part-time Faculty: Natalie Simmons

  • District Grievance Chair: Libby Schoene

  • Treasurer: Marla Robinson

  • Membership Chair: Sharon Spence-Wilcox

  • Communications/Technology Chair: Alyssa Jocson Porter

  • Negotiations Chair: David Krull

  • Professional Issues Chair: Alecia Spooner

  • Human and Civil Rights Chair: Cristóbal A. Borges

Faculty Senate - North Seattle College:

  • PresidentJim Jewell
  • Part-time Faculty Representative: Jamie Wilson
  • Secretary: Shireen Deboo

Faculty Senate - Seattle Central College:

  • PresidentHelena Ribeiro
  • Part-time Faculty Representative: Mia Bailey

Faculty Senate - South Seattle College:

  • President: Letitia (Tish) Lopez
  • Part-time Faculty Representative: Charlotte Skeffington
  • Grievance Co-Chairs: Ruben Murcia/John Toutonghi


Open Positions:

  • Political Action Chair
  • Grievance Chair at North
  • Grievance Chair at South
  • Senate Secretary at South
  • Senate Secretary at Central

Updated 12/7/21

AFT Seattle’s Response to Financial Information on SCD’s Website

The Seattle Colleges District website gives the public information about our current financial situation and the District’s decisions regarding the situation. AFT Seattle finds sections of the information to be objectionable to faculty, creating an administrative narrative that we believe shows faculty in a negative light.


OPINION: Seattle Colleges in Crisis, but Harmful Budget Cuts are not the Answer

"According to the District’s audited financial statements, six years ago, the District spent 51% of its budget on instruction and by 2018 instruction funding fell to 41% of the budget. Now, Seattle Central has announced that 75% of 2020–2021 anticipated cuts should come from instruction. If North and South take the same path, instruction could fall to barely a third of the District’s operating revenue."

Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”


MEDIATION Oct. 29, 2020

Yesterday was our first mediation session with the District.  We elected to use a mediator to facilitate our negotiation sessions following our September 11th joint session because we were not making forward progress on several issues.