The election of Donald Trump and the Republican control of Congress is a threat on so many levels. One of those threats is the against the labor movement. Those who want to defeat labor are now considering a national “right to work” law. The Supreme Court will also change in ways that make unions vulnerable.
We need to be ready to fight back and defend the interests of working people and those we work for, our students and communities.
This is the context for our union. Voting for a dues increase will help keep our union strong.
AFT 2121 reserves have diminished dramatically because while AFT National and CFT Statewide fees have increased we have not passed on those increases to our faculty since 2011. At the same time, our Local has invested its limited resources in a high level of organizing in support of the successful contract campaign, the battle against the ACCJC, and to save our college. We have been discussing the impact on AFT 2121 finances and the need to increase dues. Faculty at other CA colleges commonly pay 1.5% in dues.
Last month our rank-and-file leaders voted to approve bringing a dues increase from 1.26% to 1.5% to a vote of the membership.
Here are the times and locations for voting this week: http://wp.me/p3ujCB-1Pj