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APRIL 16 WALKOUT: ALL SEATTLE COLLEGES!

What:  Walk out organized by AFT Seattle Local 1789 in conjunction with affiliate unions and with support from District administration.

Who:  all Seattle Colleges stakeholders--faculty, staff, students, and supporters from across the state.

When:  Tuesday, April 16, 2019, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

                        Mass gathering 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where:  locations at North, South and Central campus

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March and April 2019

Escalate, Escalate, ESCALATE!

It’s time to escalate! Legislators are hammering away at policy and making amazing progress on a slew of great bills. What they haven’t been focused on is funding our colleges and finding new revenue. This process is nothing new. In budget years, they work through policy first, having small conversations on the budget, up until policy cutoffs are all completed. We knew this would happen and we anticipated how those conversations would go, but frankly, we expected more support from the people we helped put into office.

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Seattle Times Editorial Board Supports Better State Funding for the Colleges

On December 9, the Seattle Times Editorial Board published an opinion piece supporting better funding at the State level for community colleges across Washington.  The board acknowledged that while k-12 funding has been appropriately addressed, the community colleges have been left behind, while stll doing the heavy lifting for employment training. They call the SBCTC's $189 million request "relatively modest"

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Membership Adopts Statement Against Hate

AFT Seattle Local 1789 condemns hate and violence in all forms. We stand against white supremacy and nationalism, bigotry, racism, religious intolerance, homophobia, sexism, and immigrant bashing. The members of our faculty union vow to work for a healthy, inclusive community where the rights and safety of all are protected. We fight for social justice. We vote to defend all members of our society and to strengthen our democratic principles.

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State Compensation Study

Over the past year, college administrators, union leaders and others in the Puget Sound area have been pushing for the idea of a “regional pay” adjustment to reflect cost of living in the greater Seattle area.  To that end, legislative funding was secured to conduct this study on regional pay issues to inform legislators on that topic and begin a debate. 

Key Numbers and Findings from the Study:

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AFT members dive into candidate endorsement process

As the presidential elections inch closer and the field of candidates gets more and more competitive, AFT members are engaging, parsing campaign platforms, asking questions of the candidates, and voicing their priorities as educators, healthcare practitioners and public employees. Thus far, the AFT has hosted eight AFT Votes town halls in eight different locations across the country, giving members the opportunity to meet candidates in person and hear about their stands on education, working families, healthcare and other top-line issues. Also part of the AFT’s robust endorsement process: surveys, debate parties and lots of information on AFTVotes.org.

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Best economy ever?

In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column in the New York Times, she writes that, despite President Trump’s claims that we have the “best economy ever,” his policies are harming working and middle-class Americans, many of whom are struggling just to get by. “Our political and economic systems are so weighted toward the wealthy that opportunity will only come through the power of collective action,” she writes, using “the surest vehicles to increase opportunity for ordinary Americans”—public education, labor unions and voting. Read the full column.

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