Elected School Board Campaign Launch

Dear Union Sisters and Brothers,

     I finished the Elected School Board AFT training today, and I have to say it was definitely worth giving up part of a Sunday.

     This week begins our campaign, which is just the start of the campaign to pass Bill HB4-312.  The campaign will launch with people signing cards supporting the bill, which I or someone else will collect right away, and at the end of the day, take to the Union office and then, send to the government official.  Your information will remain confidential.

     In addition, we will have an AFT organizer assigned to our Harold Washington and District campus to help with the process.

     We will also pass red buttons, illustrated above, which you can wear at work.  On November 4, the C.C.C.T.U. Union leadership is asking that everyone wear them.  You have a right to wear the buttons any time and can definitely fill out the cards, unless you are teaching, in office hours, or on the clock.

     So, this week, I will begin talking to folks when they are on break.  Even though I’m on crutches, I am making plans to visit District on Fridays and some afternoons.  I hope many of you will support the campaign.

     If you have any questions, feel free to email me or call/text my cell.  Volunteers, if you wish to help out, let me know so we can meet and get you on task. 
In Solidarity,
Jesú Estrada

Last Day to Fill Out Faculty Council Survey from Jeni Meresman

Hi All,

The FC4 survey ends today. We would LOVE to hear from more faculty! And hey, it’s a way to procrastinate from grading!
All questions are optional so answer what you want, but the survey includes questions about communication between administration and faculty as well as questions about our core values.
ALSO: we would love to hear your thoughts on the Town Hall meeting yesterday!! There are not specific questions on this, as the survey was written before the meeting happened, but please add your thoughts in the comments! Useful? Not useful? Should we have them more often? In a different format? What would make them more productive?
Here’s the link. THANK YOU! And, please pass the survey on to others and ask them to take it. It’s open to both part time and full time faculty. If you are able to send it to folks at other colleges who could put it on their listservs, that would be FANTASTIC!!
[From Jesú:   p.s.  When you fill out the survey, please give your time to the core values section.  Below is more information:]

Harold Washington

·         August: 65 full-time faculty members = 56 % response rate

·         October: 44 full-time faculty members = 37% response rate

Also, of those 44, not all did the core values section.

Help Elect a C.C.C. School Board

Local 1600 is pleased to announce Rep. Robert Martwick has introduced state legislation for an elected school board for the City Colleges of Chicago!

HB 4312 gives Chicagoans a say in how the City Colleges of Chicago operates! An elected school board at the City Colleges of Chicago would keep the “community” in our community colleges by giving Chicagoans a voice on behalf of students and their community.

Now we need your help to make sure HB 4312 becomes law!

Local 1600 members along with organizers from the American Federation of Teachers will be on City College campuses for two weeks starting on October 26th. We are conducting a blitz to speak with every single member about the need for an elected school board for Chicago. In order to reach all of our members and make the elected board a reality, we need volunteers!

To volunteer, please attend a blitz training this Sunday, October 25th at from 12 PM to 2 PM or from 4 PM to 6 PM. RSVP to Legislative Chair Tony Johnston if you can attend at tonyjohnston08@gmail.com.

If you can’t volunteer, keep an eye out for someone to come speak with you on campus about the need for an elected board. If we don’t step up to keep the “community” in our community colleges, who will?

Blitz Training
Sunday, October 25
12 PM to 2 PM
4 PM to 6 PM

RSVP to Tony Johnston at tonyjohnston08@gmail.com

Petition to Stop Tuition Hike

Dear Union Sisters and Brothers,

As many of you know, the CCC has increased tuition, drastically affecting international students.  The students are trying very hard to organize and oppose this and future increases. Please take a few moments to sign the petition below:

Petition to End Tuition Hike: https://www.change.org/p/city-colleges-of-chicago-stop-increase-students-tuition/u/13639992?recruiter=434388&utm_source=share_update&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive&rp_sharecordion_checklist=control

Jesú Estrada, Ph.D.