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CFT charts a winning progressive course >G overnor pressures

>The merged measure

initiative backers to merge their measures with his. CFT and its allies hold out for the more progressive Millionaires Tax.

becomes Prop. 30 and the campaign to pass the most progressive tax measure in California begins. A labor coalition begins the campaign to squelch Prop. 32, another conservative attempt to limit union political activity.

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CFT President Josh Pechthalt at his home in Los Angeles. He helps Pechthalt’s daughter with her homework, and urges CFT to change its mind.

rides high in the media and gains enormous popularity among the general public.

Members engage < in ambitious campaign in their local unions and their communities.

Reclaim California’s < Future coalition reaches out to thousands of new and infrequent voters in minority and faithbased communities.

>O n March 14, ,two measures merge, the Millionaires Tax and the governor’s tax measure. In negotiations with the governor, CFT succeeds in retaining progressive elements contained in the Millionaires Tax.

Progressives sweep < in November 6 election—reelecting President Obama, passing Prop. 30, defeating Prop. 32, and electing a Democratic supermajority in the California Legislature.

>Likely voters oppose


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2012 Highlights

The Year in Review 2012 will be remembered as the year that the California Federation of Teachers achieved the best of results in the worst of times.




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t’s the year that the union stood by its commitment to bring new revenue into the state’s depleted coffers through progressive taxation and, in so doing, helped place the most ambitious progressive revenue measure on the California ballot in living memory and get it passed. The stage was set during the previous four years, when Wall Street speculation brought about the financial crisis that inflicted so much damage on public education. California state budgets registered huge deficits each year and public services took the brunt of the repeated cuts. Class sizes burgeoned. Student fees at the community colleges and universities skyrocketed. Services for Californians reliant on the public safety net were stripped away. In response, student outrage and public outcry grew rapidly. In the fall of 2011, the Occupy Wall Street movement rightfully pointed a finger at the “1 percent.” Public opinion polls began showing support for taxing the rich to fund

starved public services. CFT was ready for decisive action. The union had been sounding the call to reinstate fair and progressive reform for several years, and had strengthened relations with like-minded communitybased organizations. The CFT worked with the Courage Campaign, California Calls, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, and other groups to promote the Millionaires Tax ballot initiative. The measure called for raising tax rates by 3 percent on personal incomes in excess of $1 million, and 5 percent on incomes over $2 million. Media and online campaigns touted the Millionaires Tax and the measure captured the imagination of the public. But competing tax initiatives, including one from Gov. Jerry Brown, put the CFT and its allies under enormous pressure to drop the Millionaires Tax. Coalition leaders told the governor that if he wanted just one initiative on the ballot he would have to compromise.

The governor finally agreed to merge his measure with the Millionaires Tax, and Proposition 30, with 89 percent of its proposed revenue coming from California’s wealthiest individuals, was born. Simultaneously, we faced the reactionary Proposition 32, which aimed to restrict the political activity of unions. CFT joined the labor coalition that worked to defeat this measure.

First week-long Summer School a success CFT launched its own, CFT Union week-long Union Summer Summer School School in 2012. More than 100 local union leaders attended the first-ever CFT Union Summer School held at UCLA in August. Attendees completed one of four skills-based courses and attended evening workshops. This program is part of the expanding statewide and local union training and leadership development efforts underway. Teaching powerfu l to build strong skills unions

Member delegates to Democratic Convention Members helped ensure that the Democratic Party platform remains supportive of public education by representing California as delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to their official duties — endorsing the Obama-Biden ticket — delegates, listed below, attended daily CFT-sponsored breakfast meetings for the California delegation, an AFT-sponsored luncheon, and a reception sponsored jointly by AFT and NEA. Jeff Freitas CFT Kenneth Burt CFT  ary Rose Ortega M United Teachers Los Angeles J immie Woods Gray United Teachers Los Angeles  orma de la Pena N Los Angeles College Faculty Guild CFT state of the union 2012 3

California Teacher wins top national awards The all-union news magazine California Teacher took one of AFT’s best of show awards, The Excellence Award, in the AFT Communicators Network content. The judges said, “Gripping covers draw you in to this lively magazine, CaliforniaTeacher wide-ranging and well-written stories from California and elsewhere make this a winner.” When charters California Teacher go union won a total of 15 awards in in 2012. f the union the voice o

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CFT members step up for Wisconsin L.A. unions fly to Madison Pages 3 and 16

Hendricks runs for CalSTRS Board L.A. college instructor brings Page 14



‘Parent trigger’ fails in Compton Parents betrayed by process Page 8

CFT leaders focused the Federation’s resources, launching an effective internal campaign and assisting local unions in their political efforts. Working with the union’s allies in the newly formed Reclaim California’s Future coalition, CFT was a key partner in one of the largest labor-community election efforts in California history. A record number of CFT members turned out to pass Prop. 30 and defeat Prop. 32, contributing to one of the most stunning electoral victories in the nation. On November 6, voters passed Proposition 30 by a margin of nearly 11 percentage points. Proposition 32 was defeated by a 13 percent margin, making it the third time in the past 14 years California voters have resoundingly rejected measures restricting the political activity of unions. The CFT and its local unions racked up ballot box successes, electing education-friendly candidates and CFT members to school and college governing boards, and helping pass parcel taxes and numerous facilities bonds. Voters elected

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a Democratic supermajority in both houses of the California Legislature, and sent progressives to Congress in seats formerly occupied by conservatives. Prop. 30 has started to reverse the damage inflicted on public education by years of cuts. Schools and colleges are beginning to receive monies long deferred, students are seeing the return of educational opportunities, and some educators are welcoming long overdue modest pay increases. The fight to restore funding and access is just beginning. The CFT was always clear that Proposition 30 was only one step in changing the state’s fiscal and political priorities. Education will need much more funding if California is to regain even an

average ranking in the nation, let alone return to one of the top positions. CFT’s back-to-back triumphs — passing Proposition 25 in 2010 to end California’s outdated two-thirds vote requirement for passing the state budget, and forging a compromise with Gov. Brown to pass Proposition 30 — have inspired great hope. The power of CFT is growing, but there is much yet to be done and the union is launching its next endeavor. Working together with our community partners, we want nothing less than to restore the dream: We want every child in California to have equal access to a high-quality public education.

Local unions and members shine in elections CFT supported numerous local campaigns to elect education-friendly board members and pass ballot measures. Electoral victories included: b 30 board members statewide elected with local union support; b former AFT member Bob Filner elected mayor of San Diego; b 12 CFT members elected to public office, including Steve Hall, president of Ventura County Federation of College Teachers, who was elected to the board in nearby Oxnard Union High School District, where teachers and classified are represented by AFT; b a parcel tax for San Francisco City College; b facilities bonds for Jefferson Union High and Jefferson Elementary districts in San Mateo County, Morgan Hill and Pajaro Valley Unified districts in the Monterey Bay region, Coast College in Orange County; b defeat of the anti-union city charter measure in Costa Mesa.

Tax the Rich video goes viral CFT released Tax the Rich, an 8-minute animated fairy tale narrated by Ed Asner, that artfully depicts how the nation arrived at this time of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. The video went viral — first in a swing to the right. Though the thumbs down ticker on YouTube climbed at first, after a whopping 600,000 views, three times more viewers gave the video a solid thumbs up.

Organizing successes Pasadena City College, ISSU-CFT represents 240 professional classified staff in the Instructional Services Support Unit at Pasadena City College who affiliated with the Federation last May. UC-AFT Hastings Librarians represents 10 librarians at the UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco who voted to become part of UC-AFT. Coast Federation of Educators and the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers organized new retiree chapters.

Strategic Campaign Initiative CFT has undertaken a Strategic Campaign Initiative designed to recruit, train, organize and mobilize a diverse cadre of leaders and activists throughout California. The Initiative merges the union’s political and organizing efforts to build a comprehensive program that integrates the elements of quality research, legislative and policy advocacy, political engagement and strategic communications. Three grant programs help build power in local unions. In the Political Leaders Unified to Create Change program, local unions apply for monthly grants of $500–$3500 to fund a dedicated political leader in the local. These political leaders assist with organizing COPE (Committee on Political Education) drives, building community coalitions, and aligning internal member strength with external political strength. In the first round of grants, 11 local unions not only expanded their community profiles, but on average, increased member participation in COPE by 8 percent. In the second round of grants, 13 locals (listed below) played a key role in CFT’s success in the General Election, including passage of Proposition 30. ABC Federation of Teachers • Berkeley Federation of Teachers • Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers • Coast Federation of Educators • Galt Federation of Certificated and Classified Employees • Los Angeles College Faculty Guild Los Rios College Federation of Teachers • Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers Oxnard Federation of Teachers and School Employees • Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers • Peralta Federation of Teachers • San Jose/Evergreen Faculty Association United Educators of San Francisco Through the Member Organizing Committee program, local unions apply for grants to organize new members and fund internal organizing to help build union capacity. In the fall semester of 2012, 10 locals received matching grants. Their work helped grow CFT membership by more than 250 new members, identify and train dozens of new site reps, and recruit and engage members for election work. In the spring semester of 2013, 15 locals (listed below) received grants. Working with the CFT Organizing Department, the locals are developing strategic organizing plans with concrete goals such as enlisting new members, surveying members, recruiting leaders, and developing retiree chapters. Adjunct Faculty United • AFT Guild, San Diego and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community Colleges • Antelope Valley College Federation of Teachers • Berkeley Council of Classified Employees • Berkeley Federation of Teachers • Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers • Cerritos College Federation of Teachers • Citrus College Adjunct Faculty Federation • Jefferson Elementary Federation of Teachers Los Angeles College Faculty Guild • Los Rios College Federation of Teachers Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers • Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers San Jose/Evergreen Faculty Association • United Educators of San Francisco Through the Community Solidarity Grant program, organizations or coalitions designated by the recipient local unions (listed below) are given one-time grants to develop strategic relationships with labor, coalition or community partners, helping to build union presence in the broader community. AFT Guild, San Diego and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community Colleges • Oxnard Federation of Teachers and School Employees • Peralta Federation of Teachers San Francisco Community College District Federation of Teachers • State Center Federation of Teachers CFT state of the union 2012 5

Early Childhood/K-12


he EC/K-12 Council ensures that early childhood educators and K-12 teachers have a voice within CFT, in the California Legislature, at the State Board of Education, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and other venues where education policy is developed. The Council is a fierce advocate for teachers having the necessary tools to do their jobs and for California students to have access to the highest quality education. The CFT was one of more than 40 stakeholders that participated in the Educator Excellence Task Force convened by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in 2012. The task force created Greatness by Design, a document that has been recognized as the state’s “roadmap to success.” Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford professor and nationally recognized education policy expert, co-chaired the task force and composition of Greatness by Design, which contains recommendations for teacher recruitment, preparation, induction, evaluation, professional learning, leadership and career development. During the past two years, the EC/K-12 Council has focused on teacher evaluation. In 2011, education experts and researchers denounced the Los Angeles Times publication of teacher names and rankings using pupil test score data and “value-added methodology,” or VAM. Based on a resolution passed by CFT Convention that year, the Council convened a Task Force on Teacher Evaluation and

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developed Principles of Teacher Evaluation, a synthesis of best practice recommendations from more than a dozen research-based studies and AFT locals across the nation. In 2012, Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar), introduced AB5, an evaluation bill to supersede the decades-old Stull Act. Working with CFT lobbyists in Sacramento, the EC/K-12 Council helped craft AB5 into a decent proposal, but the bill eventually died in committee. The EC/K-12 Council recommended that CFT sponsor a new evaluation bill based on the recommendations in Greatness by Design.

The CFT participated in another stakeholder group, the Teacher Advisory Panel convened by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, to make recommendations for revisions to the state’s teacher preparation, induction, and credentialing process. The panel’s recommendations focus on, among other topics, the grade span of the Multiple Subjects and Single Subject credential, issues of face-to-face learning compared to online/blended learning, performance assessments for training and induction of teachers, student teaching, linked learning and intern programs. The Teacher Advisory Panel also considered a controversial recommendation in Greatness By Design that involves credential renewal. Until a few years ago, California required

teachers to take 150 hours of professional growth every five years. Most teachers considered it a meaningless “paper chase” and the requirement was dropped. The EC/K-12 Council has advocated that meaningful, job-imbedded, highquality professional learning opportunities be in place in all districts before new requirements are established. A repeated theme in Greatness by Design is the need for increased collaboration between education unions and management. This could be particularly helpful with teacher evaluation because districts and local unions have a shared interest in creating an evaluation system that supports best instructional practices. CFT is home to one of the pioneering locals in the nation for successful labormanagement collaboration. The ABC Federation of Teachers, under the leadership of past President Laura Rico and current President Ray Gaer, has been the focus of a study by Rutgers University. Researchers have found that ABC union leaders and the district management team established methods to use resources, time, and energy more efficiently, contributing substantially to improved student achievement. To keep the voice of classroom teachers in the general media, the EC/K-12 Council, working with CFT leaders and staff, has published guest editorials by Council President Gary Ravani in the Sacramento Bee, the San Jose Mercury News, the Washington Post, and Ravani has appeared on Bay Area television, and on National Public Radio in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The Council also comments on stories in state newspapers and blogs and in the national Education Week. The EC/K-12 Council invites your contributions to the collective voice of early educators and K-12 teachers.



he Council of Classified Employees advocates for support staff members in classifications such as bus drivers, secretaries, office workers, paraprofessionals, teaching assistants, custodians, maintenance workers, food service workers and other non-certificated employees working in early childhood centers, schools and on college campuses. The CCE is the fastest-growing division of the state Federation and brings the much-needed classified voice to a wide range of statewide policymaking. Paraprofessionals and classified employees have felt the impact of budget cuts through reduced hours of work and job loss, so support staff had a lot at stake in General Election 2012. Members marched and rallied, set records for turnout at phone banking and town hall meetings, and for contributions to local Committees on Political Education (COPE). Classified stood strong with their union brothers and sisters, in efforts that defeated unionbusting Proposition 32 and passed revenuerestoring Proposition 30. Classified employees countered threats to retirement security and pension takebacks by attending rallies and hearings held by the CFT’s coalition partner Californians for Retirement Security. Leaders and members lobbied state legislators and the governor in opposition to the governor’s one-size-fits-all “reform” proposal. The voice of classified employees is strong and well-established in the CFT and member education remains a top priority. Members stay updated on current issues by receiving the Classified Insider newsletter and having access to regular news and photos of classified events on the CFT website. Members took advantage of CFT’s enhanced leadership training opportunities, including attending the first week-long Union Summer School. The annual Classified Conference continues to garner high attendance with leaders and members traveling from more

than 30 local unions throughout the state to hear updates on classified legal issues and workplace rights. Attendees have access to a wealth of information from valuable workshops on union leadership and other relevant topics, guest speakers, and from networking with their colleagues at themed social events. The CCE has grown and strengthened its participation on statewide policymaking bodies. Northern Vice President Mary Van Ginkle (AFT College Staff Guild) monitors meetings of the CalPERS Board. Diana Ramon (Coast Federation of Classified Employees) serves on the State Chancellor’s Consultation Council and its Accreditation Task Force, providing input on classified issues. Reggie Gomes (Turlock-AFT) attends State Board of Education meetings to represent support staff working in K-12 schools. Nationally, Robert Chacanaca (Santa Cruz Council of Classified Employees) and CCE President Velma Butler (AFT College Staff Guild) serve on the AFT PSRP Program and Policy

Council, giving voice to California’s issues and positions. In our proudest achievement, the classified division of CFT has experienced significant growth through new organizing. During the past two years, three units of classified employees, representing 500 new members, have voted to join the Federation. In the Berkeley Unified district, a group of 170 operations and support workers signed petitions to be represented by the Berkeley Council of Classified Employees, reuniting them with their district colleagues after a decade apart as members of a different union. The bus drivers, food service, maintenance and yard workers, campus security and custodians are now proud members of AFT Local 6192. The Lawndale Federation of Classified Employees organized 90 academic support employees staffing a successful before- and after-school program. The affiliation gives the workers the same rights as the unionized employees in AFT Local 4529. Finally, the 240 professional staff in the Instructional Services Support Unit at Pasadena City College voted to affiliate with the Federation in May. Formerly represented by an independent union, the clericals, paraprofessionals and computer technicians are now members of AFT Local 6525, the newest local union in the CFT. The CCE is working to bring more workers into the fold, and invites your participation as we continue to organize and advocate for the rights and respect that classified employees deserve.

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Community College


he Community College Council supports and defends the workplace rights of full- and part-time faculty working in the California Community Colleges, through effective legislative and advocacy efforts. The Council is leading statewide opposition to correct the unfair accreditation process in California, helped win a new state law that will benefit part-time faculty, and fought off multiple threats of two-tier student fees. In mid-March, Santa Monica College announced that it would be introducing America’s first two-tier community college student fee system. But the college underestimated the anger that the idea of an “educational toll lane” would inspire in its students, anger that turned into fury after campus police pepper-sprayed student protesters. Reacting swiftly, the CFT and its Los Angelesarea community college locals united with Santa Monica students, faculty and other labor and community organizations, and effectively protested at a May 1 Board of Trustees meeting. The college abandoned the proposal. The Santa Monica proposal died, but twotier again reared its ugly head in the state Legislature. CFT had led the successful fight to defeat AB515 (Brownley, D-Pasadena) a year earlier, but in May a similar bill authorizing twotier, SB1550 (Wright, D-Inglewood) appeared in the Legislature. Once again the Community College Council stepped up to lead the statewide opposition. CFT testimony before the

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Assembly Higher Education Committee was a major factor in the bill’s defeat. The CCC also worked for a 2012–13 budget premised on passage of Prop. 30 that would include some funding to begin restoring diminished access of the past four budget-slashing years. Despite resistance from the Community College League and skeptical disinterest from the State Chancellor’s Office, CFT pulled a rabbit out of a hat and succeeded in shifting $50 million in anticipated Prop. 30 funds from “deferral buydown” to “growth/restoration.” The CCC lobbied successfully for SB114 (Yee, D-San Francisco) to improve the reporting of service credit to CalSTRS for part-time faculty. The bill passed and was

signed into law. Special thanks go to former CFT Legislative Director Judy Michaels for her tenacity and leadership in shepherding this bill through the Legislative. Thank you, Judy, for SB114, and more important, for your many years of dedicated service to CFT and its Community College Council. Community college members provide key voices in other policymaking arenas. Sharon Hendricks (Los Angeles College Faculty Guild), elected by community college faculty in December 2011 as their statewide representative to the CalSTRS Board, has become a prominent leader and spokesperson on retirement issues. John McDowell, also from the Guild, was appointed by Speaker Perez to the Student Aid Commission in fall 2012, was

recently elected as its chair and is leading the fight to protect financial aid. CCC President Carl Friedlander pressed the Chancellor’s Consultation Council to reestablish the Accreditation Task Force to take a fresh look at ways to reduce the number and severity of accreditation sanctions in California and is serving as the representative of faculty unions on that Task Force. Though advocacy in Sacramento is important, the heart of the work of the Community College Council happens in our local unions. Besides the phenomenal campaigns waged by locals to secure November’s stunning victories, there a list too long to include here of important victories at community college bargaining tables, in district trustee elections and in building vital connections with the broader labor movement and community organizations. No issue is more serious and challenging than the threat posed to our colleges by the actions of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Two colleges where CFT represents faculty (Cuesta College and City College of San Francisco), along with two non-CFT colleges have faced threats of closure in the form of “show cause” sanctions during the last year. Cuesta is now out of immediate danger, but the situation in San Francisco continues to be uncertain. Certainly, CFT is pouring substantial energy, expertise and resources into the battle to save City College of San Francisco. Thanks in large part to CFT and passage of Prop. 30, the colleges are finally awakening from the budgetary nightmare of the last four years. Now it’s time to restore sanity to the process of community college accreditation.



he University Council-AFT represents non-Senate faculty and librarians working in classrooms, libraries, education programs and professional schools at the University of California. UC-AFT negotiates statewide contracts for its members, unique among the divisions of CFT. The Council’s work has focused on maintaining access, affordability and quality during an unprecedented period of budget cuts and tuition hikes. UC-AFT fought successfully to stabilize and increase state funding for higher education, to increase transparency and fairness in the UC budget process, and for restoration of instructional resources for students and members. UC-AFT was a key partner in the coalition that convinced the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to audit the UC budget. The audit revealed that tuition money was flowing from smaller campuses to larger flagship campuses, and that UC’s per student spending varied widely by campus. Previously, students attending UCSB, UCR and UCSC did not know their tuition was being sent to the UC Office of the President, only to be redistributed to wealthier campuses. As a result of the audit and public pressure, the university changed how it funds campuses: Now each UC campus retains all of its tuition dollars. The audit also revealed that UC had moved more than $6 billion through a single unaccountable “miscellaneous funds” account. Undergraduate tuition often subsidizes graduate education and instructional funds pad research budgets. Defunding undergraduate budgets hurts lecturers and downgrades the quality of instruction. UC-AFT lobbied hard in Sacramento for increased budget transparency. While cuts to state funding have made the Council’s legislative work in Sacramento increasingly important, pressuring the UC Regents to set policy that supports the university’s instructional mission remains a top priority. UC-AFT is present at every meeting of

the Regents, opposing tuition increases while supporting budget transparency, a more active UC lobby for state funding, and an accurate cost analysis of moving large undergraduate courses online. Anticipating the expansion of online offerings, UC-AFT negotiated a new contract article that requires the university to negotiate with the union prior to implementing an online program that would affect lecturers. Using the new language, the union won retroactive compensation for a UCB lecturer who designed and taught an original online course, and secured an agreement guaranteeing compensation for future course updates.

In the past year, UC’s online program has expanded considerably, and Gov. Brown has proposed funding the program with $10 million of state monies. UC-AFT wants to ensure that distance education is done in a cost-effective and high-quality manner. Therefore, lecturers are now bargaining to strengthen existing language about intellectual property, academic freedom, workload and compensation. With increasing class sizes and continual pressure to do more to receive professional recognition, many members struggle to control workload. UC-AFT negotiated increased rights to arbitration for workload grievances, and shorter time to get cases to arbitration. The union also negotiated a preference to annual contracts over quarterly contracts,

which benefits members who have the least secure positions. In coming negotiations, UC-AFT will bargain changes to retirement benefits for the first time, after battling reductions in pensions away from the table. For several years, the university has been crafting proposals to reduce retirement benefits for workers. UC-AFT fought successfully against some of these proposals, including one that would have moved workers out of a defined benefit pension and into 401(k)-type plans. In July, the university plans to create a second tier of retirement benefits for new employees, which will significantly reduce benefits of some UC-AFT members, but the changes will be subject to negotiation. UC-AFT also worked to ensure smart and safe investment of pension funds. Division President Bob Samuels successfully ran for a seat on the Investment Advisory Board of the UC Retirement Program, where he advocates for reducing risk and improving long-term health of the fund. Finally, UC-AFT is proud to have organized librarians at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, bringing a new unit of workers into our union. After a unanimous card-check election, and a successful unit determination hearing, negotiations are underway for a first contract. In dealing with a difficult administration, the Hastings librarians stand together for deserved salary increases, better job security and respect in the workplace.

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Executive Council President Joshua Pechthalt* United Teachers Los Angeles, AFT Local 1021 Secretary Treasurer




Jeffery M. Freitas Carpinteria Association of United Employees, AFT Local 2216 Senior Vice President L. Lacy Barnes State Center Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1533 (Fresno) Division Council Presidents Velma J. Butler President, Council of Classified Employees AFT College Staff Guild-Los Angeles, AFT Local 1521A





Miki Goral UCLA Faculty Union, AFT Local 1990 Carolyn Ishida Santa Paula Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2071 Dennis Kelly* United Educators of San Francisco, AFT Local 61 Jim Mahler AFT Guild, San Diego and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community Colleges, AFT Local 1931 Elaine Merriweather United Educators of San Francisco, AFT Local 61 Alisa Messer San Francisco Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2121 David Mielke Culver City Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1343

Carl Friedlander President, Community College Council Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, AFT Local 1521

Dean Murakami Los Rios College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2276 (Sacramento)

Gary Ravani President, EC/K-12 Council Petaluma Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1881

Francisco Rodriguez Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1936 (Watsonville)

Bob Samuels President, University Council-AFT UCLA Faculty Union, AFT Local 1990

Sam Russo Adjunct Faculty United, AFT Local 6106 (North Orange County)

Vice Presidents

Linda Sneed Los Rios College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2276 (Sacramento)

Velma J. Butler AFT College Staff Guild-Los Angeles, AFT Local 1521A Cathy Campbell Berkeley Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1078 Robert Chacanaca Santa Cruz Council of Classified Employees, AFT Local 6084 Kimberly Claytor Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1794 Melinda Dart Jefferson Elementary Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 3267 (Daly City) Warren Fletcher United Teachers Los Angeles, AFT Local 1021 Betty Forrester United Teachers Los Angeles, AFT Local 1021

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Ray Gaer ABC Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2317 (Cerritos)

Joanne Waddell Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, AFT Local 1521 Carl Williams Lawndale Federation of Classified Employees, AFT Local 4529 Kent Wong UCLA Faculty Union, AFT Local 1990 David Yancey San Jose/Evergreen Faculty Association, AFT Local 6157 *AFT Vice Presidents who also serve on the AFT Executive Council


Statement of Income and Expenses

Unaudited Dec 31, 2012

Program Budget 2012

Unaudited Dec 31, 2012


COPE: Candidate



Per Capitas Less Agency Rebates Net Per Capitas AFT Financial Assisstance Other Revenue




17,171,145 $ (101,656) 17,069,489 617,714 662,280 18,349,483 $

16,858,844 (75,000) 16,783,844 575,220 576,002 17,935,066


8,125,456 $


EXPENSES Salaries, Wages, and Benefits Publications Communications Governmental Relations Information Technology Leadership Development/Training Member Benefits and Research Organizing TOTAL PROGRAMS

Contributions Interest Earned


TOTAL INCOME Member to Member CLC Contributions Local Candidates Legislative Candidates Statewide Candidates General Voter Outreach Candidate IE Salary and Operations Legal Services Miscellaneous

249,400 86,000 85,500 43,000 160,000 19,600 336,000 979,500

Community College Council



Council Classified Employees



COPE: Prop/Ballot

Early Childhood/K-12 Council TOTAL COUNCILS:

129,935 426,893

147,000 466,000



2% 2% 3% 2%

1,749,720 3,757,000 2,941,829 219,000 33,000 18,065,572

151,805 $


Salaries & Wages Financial Assistance to Locals



1,876,610 3,876,805 2,674,746 344,124 11,027 18,197,678 $


General Fund Expenditures


Administrative & Operating Programs (non-Organizing) Organizing Councils



527,094 $ 95 527,189 $

649,998 649,998

27,821 $ 18,775 $ 64,521 260,000 500 182,450 250,000 40,920 15,910 1,375 862,273

25,000 35,000 75,000 150,000 5,000 50,000 150,000 100,000 25,000 615,000

(335,085) $



237,489 59,391 51,648 45,624 169,045 13,472 285,348 862,017

Administrative and Operating Expenses Financial Assistance To Locals Transfers* Governance Committees and Task Force


Program Budget 2012

$ $


Contributions AFT Solidarity Loan Interest Earned

$ $ $



1,581,773 448,082 2,830,555 91 4,860,501

$ $ $ $

1,835,672 400,000 3,000,000 5,235,672

116,940 $ 3,475,831 $ 87,075 566,580 34,753 170,060 289,785 47,556 4,788,579

344,200 3,520,000 75,000 650,000 50,000 900,000 200,000 25,000 5,764,200

71,922 $


EXPENSES Member to Member 2012 State Ballot Initiatives Local Ballot Initiatives Fund for California's Future Coalition Partners Loan Repayment Salary and Operations Legal Services

$ $


*The CFT Consitution requires the following transfers to special funds in the following amounts per full per-cap equvalant: Consitution requires the following transfers to special funds in the 1.*The LegalCFT Defense Grant: $0.50 following 2. CFT COPE:amounts $5.00** per full per-cap equvalant: 3. Raoul Teilhet Scholarship Fund: $0.20 1. LegalFund: Defense Grant: $0.50 4. Militancy $0.10 2. CFT COPE: $5.00** 5. Educational Issues: $0.15 3. Raoul Teilhet Scholarship Fund:$2.00 $0.20 6. Fund for Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Future (COPE): 4. Militancy Fund: $0.10 ** $2.50 is a specialIssues: assessment 5. Educational $0.15 that expires Aug 31, 2015. 6. Fund for California's Future (COPE): $2.00

**$2.50 is a special assessment that expires Aug 31, 2015. CFT state of the union 2012 11

A Union of Professionals

CONTRIBUTORS: Joshua Pechthalt, Jeffery M. Freitas, Gary Ravani, Velma J. Butler, Carl Friedlander, Bill Quirk and Bob Samuels PUBLICATIONS DIRECTOR: Jane Hundertmark PHOTO CREDITS, top to bottom by page: Page 3: Bob Riha, Jr., Mike Parker, Ana Beatriz Cholo Page 4: Sarah Henne, Bob Riha, Jr., Carlos Chavez Page 5: Mindy Pines, Mike Konopacki, Bob Riha, Jr. Page 6: State Department of Education, Mindy Pines, Eduardo Contreras/UT San Diego/Zuma Press Page 7: Sharon Beals, Jane Hundertmark, Bob Riha, Jr. Page 8: Bob Riha, Jr., Jane Hundertmark Page 9: Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis, Mindy Pines, Jane Hundertmark Page 10: Sharon Beals GRAPHIC DESIGN: Kajun Design, Graphic Artists Guild

CFT State of the Union Report  

Read about the CFT's successful year of 2012 in the State of the Union report