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“Our freedom to join together in strong unions to speak up for ourselves, our families and our communities was diminished today with the Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME . Despite this decision, however, we will continue to fight for what’s right for the students and faculty of our community colleges. We have an important mission in CCA. We have advocated strongly for our open-access community college system, for faculty rights, and for the protection of pension plans. There are very powerful forces pushing back hard to silence our voices through coordinated and well-funded media campaigns and legal strategies. We will not be silenced .” What is Pride Month. In addition to providing representation, advocacy, resources and training for the growing number of ESP members, CCA is proud to partner with CTA, who established CTA ESP Day on the third full Tuesday in May during Education Support Professionals Week, to honor these vital school employees. A note on our CCA Community from CCA President Lynette Nyaggah. We are a family and a community, both in CCA and in our local chapters, and supporting each other is what we do. One of the areas where we do support each other is in advocacy. For example, a team of CCA members went to Sacramento in April to talk with influential legislators and the Department of Finance about why the new online community college, as proposed, is a terrible idea and why performance-based funding (part of the proposed new funding formula for community colleges) doesnt work. Our members all made a strong case for changing both of these proposals and they supported the work youre doing locally every day. Coupled with the accomplishments of our Legislation and Advocacy Committee, we are influencing decision-makers in Sacramento. Sometimes our work is not visible, because much political discussion is done quietly, in offices with legislators or with representatives of the governor. As with member involvement, the important thing is building relationships. Click Below to see the letter in response to the Governors 2018-19 CC Budget and to view the May Revise Summary. CCA Homeless Initiative: Project Dignity. CCA is proud to support Project Dignity in their mission to serve the homeless with Dignity, Humility, and Love. Donations can be made during any Conference at the registration Desk; Cash, Check and Grocery Gift Cards will be accepted Please click on the PDF below for a flyer.
Professor of LGBTQ Studies. May 22nd is Education Support Professionals Day!! As educators, we know the crucial role played by the thousands of paraprofessionals, office workers, bus drivers, custodians and maintenance staff in our schools and/or Community Colleges. In fact, it would be difficult to imagine a school going for one day without ESPs. When we talk about strengthening our schools, we need to strengthen everyone who works within them. Along with recruiting and retaining quality teachers, we must recruit and retain quality education support professionals. To do that, it certainly means providing decent wages and benefits to the people who spend their days making sure our students are safe, well fed and learning.