As you know, AFT Seattle has been in negotiations with the administration for a year. AFT Seattle has fought hard for important gains, such as workload equity and a meaningful raise to the stipend rate, along with other items.
At this point, we have decided it's time to go to mediation. The administration has talked plenty about the need to address workload equity, but they haven't offered to do much about it. They're willing to raise the stipend rate to $33, but that leaves us well below Shoreline ($39) and Everett Community Colleges ($40) for no good reason.
It is important for AFT Local Seattle 1789 to practice allyship with native and indigenous peoples in addition to and beyond reciting a land acknowledgement as we do at the beginning of each union meeting. Below are resources to actively practice allyship with the Duwamish and Coast Salish peoples in particular.
Support the Duwamish Tribe in their fight for Federal Recognition
Please sign the petition HERE and share the message below from the Duwamish Tribe with your email listserv. You can also help amplify on social media --here's sample poststo get the word out. Help the Duwamish Tribe reach their goal of 150,000 signatures.
Let's move toward the vision of an equitable and inclusive city that recognizes the First People of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honors with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.
Check out the AFT Logos photo album for more images you can use as your Zoom profile pic or background. Log in to Board of Trustees and Negotiations meetings in solidarity with your fellow union members!
How do I identify my State Legislator by College District: Click here.
ROC Survey -- closes Nov. 9, 2020
Participate in the state-wide survey composed by AFT-WA's Reinvest in Our Colleges (ROC) campaign. You may have seen this link from your campus AFT president. Please take ~5 minutes to communicate your issues, and take this action together with faculty across the state. What do you feel should be prioritized in advocacy locally and at the state level?
The ROC campaign is a multi-pronged effort to work for increased revenue sources and funding allocation for community colleges. ROC fights austerity cuts at the state level in collaboration with Communities for our Colleges, a community group that connects students and faculty with their local legislators to explain what cuts mean to our students and our community.