Part Time UESF Area Representative Position Now Open – $40 Per Hour

UESF is looking to hire a new Area Representative for the coming school year. Area Representatives work with the UESF Communications Director and with UESF Staff Representatives to help school site leaders organize effective Union Building Committees, and to organize for the coming wage re-openers in the fall and the contract campaign next spring. The part-time position (20 hours per month) pays $40 per hour and is perfect for recent retirees who served as Building Reps or on Union Building Committees, or current members who are ready to take the next step in their activism.

Contact Communications Director Matthew Hardy at 956-8373 or mhardy [at] uesf [dot] org for more information. No formal resume is required, however, applicants will be asked to list their relevant union, volunteer, and organizing experience and to interview for the position.

California Labor History: New Book, But No Class?

Labor history comes alive in CFT Communications Director Fred Glass’s new book. But while over 100 UESF members have taken his successful course over the years, it now is in danger of getting axed by the administration. It will need enrollment by UESF members to survive.

Reprinted from the June 2016 SF Educator

For the past twenty years CFT Communications Director Fred Glass has taught a semester course in California Labor History for the Labor and Community Studies Department at City College of San Francisco. More than a hundred UESF members have taken the class.

UESF Executive VP Susan Solomon enrolled a decade ago. She found that it was “invaluable for members who wish to advance their knowledge about education unionism and its place in California history.” Buena Vista Horace Mann teacher Frank Lara took the class last fall. He said, “This class gave me great readings, filled in my knowledge of the struggles that led up to today’s world, and provided an opportunity to talk and think with people who care as much as I do about the future of public education.”

Glass was especially looking forward to the Fall 2016 semester at the CCSF Mission campus on Valencia Street. For the first time his students were going to be able to read from an actual book, instead of from handouts or a manuscript. That’s because his book, From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement, is being published this summer by University of California Press.

“This is the first overview history of California labor written in the past forty years,” said Glass. “I saw the class as a laboratory to develop the book. My students have been an ongoing focus group on how to write these stories drawn from the past two hundred years of workers’ struggles for their rights, providing me with feedback on what worked and what didn’t.”

But Glass’s excitement came to an abrupt end a couple months ago, when he found out that the CCSF administration’s plan to downsize the college by 26% of its classes over the next several years had started this fall with a 6% across-the-board cut that included his class and one other among the Labor and Community Studies department offerings.

“You would think that the publication of a book that was written for a City College class taught by a longtime instructor would be occasion for the college administration to celebrate the accomplishment and claim it for the college,” said Glass.

According to Tim Killikelly, president of the CCSF faculty union, AFT 2121, “Instead of meeting community needs by expanding course offerings back to where they were before the Great Recession, the administration’s approach is being dictated by the rogue ACCJC [Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges]. They are like the Vietnam War general who said it was necessary to destroy the village in order to save it.”

There is still a chance that the California Labor History course might be offered this fall. Labor and Community Studies department chair Bill Shields says that if twenty students sign up to take the class beforehand, it could be inserted into the schedule on Wednesday nights as a late start class, beginning in early September.

That’s where you come in. Send an email to Bill Shields, wshields [at] ccsf [dot] edu or call him at 415-550-4473 and leave a message, stating your intention to take the class. UESF president Lita Blanc says, “We reimburse members for taking Labor and Community Studies courses as an investment in union activism. Signing up for the class will have the bonus effect of showing the college administration that Labor and Community Studies classes meet an important need.”

In other words, the village you can help save is your own.

SF Chronicle Special Report: Schools Suffer as Teachers & Paras Priced Out of San Francisco

Thanks to teacher Rebecca Sheehan-Stross and the other educators who shared their experiences with the Chronicle in their hard-hitting special report on the housing/wages mismatch in the SFUSD.

A must-read special report from the San Francisco Chronicle details how the affordability crisis in San Francisco is pushing teachers and paras out of the City, creating a turnover crisis in the SFUSD. A call to action for those who care about stable communities and the future of our City, the report is a gripping reminder of what is at stake if we cannot keep the talented educators we need in our schools.

Special thanks to all the wonderful educators who shared their experiences in the report.

Make sure to read the report and share it broadly on Facebook.

Continuing coverage from Heather Knight in the SF Chronicle:

Higher-paying jobs than SF teacher? City baker, bricklayer

$20,000 home loans for SF teachers find few takers

Thanks to all who volunteered for the June 7th election

Retired shop teacher Fred Muhlheim takes part in the GOTV effort on election day.

Thanks to all of the UESF members who volunteered for the June election. While the presidential election got all of the media attention, there were several important races and initiatives here in San Francisco that were critical in addressing the affordability crisis, and our efforts with our community and labor allies were an important contribution to the campaigns.

We’re heartened by the strong showing from Jane Kim and for the Reform Slate for the DCCC, and for the overwhelming passage of Prop. C, the housing initiative that mandates all new large scale housing developments have 25% affordable housing for low and middle income residents.

In the coming months, we will launch our November election campaign, which will focus on electing our school board slate, and to ensuring that the Prop. 30 renewal measure passes.

Run-Off Election for Certificated Delegates to the CTA State Council

Per CTA rules, UESF will run a run-off election for the remaining certificated delegates to the CTA State Council. The run-off election will be held by in-person balloting at the UESF office  (2310 Mason St.) from Wednesday, May 25th through Thursday June 23rd, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 pm. Please spread the word with your colleagues and encourage them to vote! Note: Only certificated UESF members may vote in the election.

UESF Election Results for the 2016 AFT Convention and CTA State Council

Election Results

500 Educators, Parents, Students, & Supporters Gather for UESF’s Stable, Safe, & Supportive Schools Rally

Check out our Facebook album of the rally

Coverage from the SF Examiner & Slideshow

Thanks to the nearly 500 educators, parents, students, and school supporters who came out for our rally for stable, safe, and supportive schools on May 10th!
With the Brass Liberation Orchestra keeping the beat, the wonderful energy at the rally reflected our deep commitment to the students and communities we serve.
With the affordability crisis continuing to rock San Francisco, teacher and para turnover is beginning to destabilize our schools and impact student learning. We call for a firm commitment from the district to prioritize keeping teachers and paras in San Francisco where we belong. We wholeheartedly support the SFUSD Safe & Supportive Schools resolution. We ask only for the training, staffing, and support needed to get the job done!

UESF Executive Board Endorses Cook, Haney, and Sanchez for School Board

On May 4th the UESF Executive Board endorsed Stevon Cook, Matt Haney, and March Sanchez for School Board. The vote follows the lead of dozens of rank-and-file members who voted to recommend the three at the UESF/COPE candidate interviews on April 16th.

According to UESF President Lita Blanc, this slate of candidates is perfectly suited to address the challenges that our schools and our communities face – in particular the affordability crisis and ensuring that the Safe and Supportive Schools resolution is fully supported.

Look for more on Cook, Haney, and Sanchez in the coming weeks!!!

UESF Endorsements for the June 2016 Ballot: Vote the Reform Slate for DCCC, Jane Kim for State Senate, and Yes on C!

The UESF Executive Board has voted to endorse the reform slate for the San Francisco Democratic Party Central Committee (DCCC) to help ensure a place in San Francisco for tenants, educators, and the families we serve. The reform slate is made up of progressive advocates with strong and proven track records who will successfully fight back against the displacement caused by the affordability crisis. We have also endorsed affordable housing champion Jane Kim and Prop. C, the critical measure that will expand affordable housing in San Francisco.

Please remember to vote and volunteer this election!

Our endorsements:

State Senate

Jane Kim (District 11)

San Francisco Ballot

Yes on Prop. C

Democratic County Central Committee (AD 19)

Brigitte Davila
Sandra Fewer
Hene Kelly
Leah LaCroix
Eric Mar
Myrna Melgar
Norman Yee

Democratic County Central Committee (AD 17)
(14 out of the following 15)

Alysabeth Alexander
Tom Ammiano
John Burton
David Campos
Petra DeJesus
Bevan Dufty
Jon Golinger
Pratima Gupta
Frances Hsieh
Jane Kim
Rafael Mandelman
Sophie Maxwell
Aaron Peskin
Wade Woods
Cindy Wu

Volunteer Today

Please volunteer in the coming weeks to help ensure a place in San Francisco for educators and the families we serve:

Phone Banks
5:30-8:30 p.m.
SEIU 1021 – 350 Rhode Island

Precinct Walks
Saturday, May 14th & Saturday, May 21st
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location TBD

RSVP to UESF Political Director Ken Tray at 956-8373 or ktray [at] uesf [dot] org.