Legislation and Advocacy Committee
The Legislation and Advocacy Committee is where CCA discusses legislation it wants to propose or support. The committee will hold all of its 2016-17 meetings at the CTA Regional Resource Center in Natomas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 30, January 20, March 17 and May 19. All CCA members are welcome to attend. For more information about the Committee, or to become an active member of the Committee, please contact the Committee chair and CCA vice-president, Brad Reynolds, vicepresident@cca4me.org or call the CCA Office at 1-916-288-4921.
 
State Sen. Marty Block is CCA Legislator of the Year
State Sen. Marty Block was honored as the Community College Association Legislator of the Year during the Fall Conference in Sacramento. Sen. Block represents California’s 39th Senate District, including San Diego, Del Mar and Solano Beach. At right, Block is flanked by CCA President Lynette Nyaggah and Vice President Brad Reynolds.
What is Fair Share and How Does it Work?
Everyone can choose whether or not to join a union at work, and nothing in this case will change that. When the majority of people vote to form a union, however, the union is required by law to represent everyone in the workplace, whether that employee is a union member or not. Employees who don't want to belong to a union only have to contribute to the costs of the representation they receive. As all public employees enjoy the benefits, job security and other protections the union negotiates, it is only fair that all employees contribute to the cost of securing those benefits and protections.
How do Fair Share Fees work?
It’s actually pretty simple and a good compromise. You can think about it this way: each individual faculty can choose whether or not to join the union, but the union is required by law to negotiate on behalf of all the faculty at the college and all of the faculty enjoy the benefits, job security and other protections that the union negotiates. Those who don't want to belong to a union only have to contribute to the costs of the representation they receive. It’s only fair that every faculty contribute to the cost of negotiating those benefits and protections. Those are the only fees we’re talking about in this case. No one is required to join a union and no one is required to pay any fees that go to politics or political candidates. Nothing in this case will change that.
CCA Fights for Role in Planning Adult Ed Programs
With up to $500 million in expected new funding for adult education from AB 86, CCA continues to urge chapters statewide to become involved in the planning process.  “We want to make sure we have faculty advocates involved in this process at all levels and have been fighting hard for their inclusion at the state level,” said CCA President Lynette Nyaggah.
NEA Sponsors EducationVotes.org
EducationVotes.nea.org is creating a nationwide call to action, organizing and mobilizing teachers across America. Let your voice be heard for educators and workers' rights. This call-to-action organization believes that educators, school support staff, nurses, firefighters and other middle class workers are essential to the well-being and safety of our families and communities. Working Americans need to use the strength of our numbers to fight for better wages and benefits, job security and safer workplaces. We need balance that brings our leaders together to create quality jobs and solves the problems hurting middle class families across the country.
CCA Helps Launch Degrees Not Debt in California
Did you know...
• The average student owes $35,000, but some owe ten times as much.
• Existing student debt now exceeds $1.2 trillion.Forty million people in the U.S. have student debt.
• Student debt is higher than credit card debt in this country.More than 40 percent of 25-year-olds hold student debt.
As college costs skyrocket and federal student aid lags, too many students are forced to borrow staggering amounts of money to pay for higher education. The growing student debt crisis has prompted CTA and the National Education Association to launch a national campaign, Degrees Not Debt, aimed at reducing student loan debt through loan forgiveness programs, lower-repayment plans and reinvesting in higher education. Students aren’t the only ones affected by this crisis, as Cypress College English Professor Linda Borla reports.
Previous Updates...
These are critical times for teachers' unions across the nation. Here are some important resources for understanding issues directly affecting CCA members:
  • Do Not Begrudge Me The Pension I Earned - Dana Dillon's excellent piece makes a compelling case.
  • California Pension May Question Political Spending - This Bloomberg article details how CalSTRS, the second-largest U.S. pension, may use its investment clout to push corporations to disclose their political donations, under a policy adopted by the fund’s investment committee.
  • CTA Letter Writing Tips for organizing letters to the editor of your area newspaper, which can be viewed/downloaded here.
  • CTA Editorial Board Meeting Tips for meeting with the Editorial Board of your area newspaper, which can be viewed/downloaded here.
It's Time to Register for CCA's Spring Conference

Mark your calendars for CCA’s Spring Conference and WHO Awards April 21-23 at the Marriott Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Online registration is now available. Conference highlights include the annual WHO Award Banquet as well as outstanding speakers, discussions and trainings that will help you become a better advocate for your members. Download the conference brochure to view and share with other members.

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