The election results in November will have great significance for AFT 2121 and our college. Here are some of the highlights.
Statewide, the reelection of Tom Torlakson over Marshall Tuck for Superintendent of Public Instruction was a key victory in our nationwide struggle with the so-called “educational reform” movement. Also the passage of Prop 47 is an important step in creating positive alternatives to prison in our criminal justice system.
Nationally, the Republican victory in the congressional elections is a troubling signal for our nation. The new Republican majority in the Senate signals more gridlock on Capital Hill and a setback to building a progressive majority.
Locally, a great victory for labor, our students and low-income workers was the passage of Prop J which raises the minimum wage to $15 by 2018. Despite being significantly outspent, one of our strongest allies, Supervisor David Campos, narrowly lost in his race for the State Assembly to Supervisor David Chui. AFT 2121 also worked hard for the anti-speculation tax, Prop G, which was defeated. In our City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees’ races, two of our endorsed candidates won election: Bridgette Davila and Thea Selby. Board of Trustees President John Rizzo was also reelected while Amy Bachrach was elected to the two-year term to replace Chris Jackson.
AFT 2121 looks forward to working with all of our elected officials to return City College of San Francisco’s democratically elected local Board of Trustees back to power. The time has come to end the uncertainty and restore public confidence by letting the Board of Trustees do the job they were elected to do.
AFT 2121 members who volunteered in our election efforts did a tremendous job. We more than doubled the amount of participation than our original goal! Thank you for all your hard work!