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Declaring a Financial Emergency - Q&A

Financial Emergency Questions and Answers

There have been a number of questions about the potential action by the State Board for Community and Technical College’s (SBCTC) to declare a financial emergency. The following is an attempt to answer some of the questions that you may have, and hopefully to bring some clarity to what impact this has on your contract and what this means for you as faculty.

Want A Website For Your Local?

In this day and age, people look to the Web for information. As a result, organizations almost always need to have a website to compliment their communications. Unfortunately, not everyone has the expertise or time to maintain a local web site.

For this reason, AFT hosts free web sites to affiliated locals. To take advantage of this benefit, contact Sylvia Watson, AFT Washington Communications Coordinator, at 206-432-8084 or Sylvia can help get your site set up and even provide hands-on training.

AFT Leadernet

AFT LeaderNet is a secure, registration-based Web site and is full of valuable resources and tools for affiliate leaders, staff and activists.

Transparency is Purpose of Required Local Audits

As local leaders, you share AFT’s desire to protect members by operating in an open and transparent manner. Engrained in that transparency is for members to know how its local is spending their dues, which helps establish trust and confidence in the local and its officers.  To that end, annual audits of each local’s financial records are required in order for locals to remain in compliance with AFT. Below are the basic rules for what kind of audit a local needs, which is dependent upon how many members it has: fewer than 1,000 or more than 1,000 members.

Getting Updated Employee Information

Employee information is essential to your ability to effectively represent the bargaining unit members of your local, but unfortunately, many locals have no information, partial information or disorganized information. Having this information at your fingertips also means that communications about union meetings, events and opportunities will be easy to provide and that outreach to bargaining unit members who haven’t yet joined the union can occur on a regular basis.