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Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education

AFT Washington President Karen Strickland on the importance of a public education system that supports those who work at schools and colleges with adequate resources and professional development as well as providing the community and students with the ability to achieve their dreams.

Green River Community College Faculty Want Increase in Salaries

Seattle Times Education Blog | by Katherine Long, reporter | Nov. 22 with update on Nov. 23

More than 150 Green River Community College faculty members presented a petition to the college’s board of trustees Thursday asking that an increase in state funding be put toward a boost in faculty salaries, particularly for adjunct faculty. [read full story]

Mayor, legislators urge UW to settle labor dispute with language teachers

The Seattle Times Education Blog | Posted by Katherine Long, Reporter

Five Democratic state legislators and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn are calling on the University of Washington to settle a long-running contract dispute with the university’s International English Language faculty.[read full blog article]

Campus Equity Week: Full-Time Respect for Part-Time Professors

Public News Service - WA | Chris Thomas, Producer

October 28, 2013

SEATTLE - This is Campus Equity Week, in recognition of adjunct or part-time faculty members who are teaching most college classes today in Washington. They have all the responsibilities, but few of the perks, that come with being a professor. Some have no health insurance and work at more than one school to piece together a steady income. - See more at:

Looting the Pension Funds

Sept. 26, 2013 | Rolling Stone Magazine | Matt Taibbi

In the final months of 2011, almost two years before the city of Detroit would shock America by declaring bankruptcy in the face of what it claimed were insurmountable pension costs, the state of Rhode Island took bold action to avert what it called its own looming pension crisis.


"Tuition-Free" College? It's Not Free.

AFT has examined a recent proposal called "Pay It Forward" in which students attend college without paying tuition up front but instead will pay 3% of the salary they earn in the future once they graduate to cover the costs for others to attend college. It's not as simple as it seems.

New Report On States That Enact Deep Cuts to Higher Education and Raise Tuition Harm Economy and Quality

March 20, 2013

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade

Photo credit: AP/Rich Pedroncelli

States chose to enact deep cuts to public higher education funding instead of raising taxes, potentially harming both state economies and education quality, a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds.

The CBPP, a left-leaning economic think tank that focuses on state and federal budgets, found that states are spending, on average, 28 percent less per student in fiscal year 2013 than they were in 2008. [read full article]

Recommendations on SBCTC's 2013-15 Budget Request

Investing in faculty and staff with increments, closing the salary gap between part-time and full-time faculty, and aligning salary increases with faculty increases are some of the recommendations that were submitted as part of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) 2013-2015 operating budget. Participating in the discussions were Bernal Baca, our lobbyist; Amy Kinsel, President of Shoreline CC faculty union; Wendy Rader-Konofalski and Carla Naccarato Sinclair of WEA, as well as representatives from the trustees association, college presidents association, and the student association.

Washington Colleges, Universities Brace for More Cuts

Public News Service-WA
Chris Thomas, Producer
October 26, 2011

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire releases her new supplemental budget this week, and those in higher education already are bracing for bad news and anticipating more tuition hikes to make up for state funding cuts.

At a time when student debt is expected to top $1 trillion nationwide by year's end, educators are wondering how much more students can pile on and still get the degrees that could mean higher-paying jobs in the future. [full story/audio]

Defending the commons at the People's College

Read about a faculty-led campaign to support higher education in our state that the faculty union, AFT Seattle Community Colleges #1789, has begun. "Saving Higher Education in Seattle" features student Michael Gable, faculty members Sandy Cioffi and Karen Strickland, and John Burbank from the Economic Opportunity Institute. This story was developed during the International Labor Communicators Convention in Seattle September 22-24, 2011.

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