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In accordance with Article VII, Section 3 of the 4cs Constitution nominations are invited for statewide officers, including:

  • President
  • Secretary,
  • Vice President from teaching faculty
  • Vice President from community college professionals (CCP)
  • Two (2) vice presidents from part-time members
  • Treasurer
  • Diversity Officer
  • Membership Officer

The duties and responsibilities of all statewide officers are described in Article VII, Section 1 of the Constitution.   Statewide officers serve two-year terms.

Statewide Election Schedule:

Friday, March 3: Submit your nomination via email to   info@the4cs.org by Friday, March 3rd at 11:59 p.m. Include name, college and office sought.

Saturday, March 4: Additional nominations may be made for statewide offices at the Delegate Assembly meeting.  At the end of the assembly meeting nominations will be closed. (Article VII, Sec. 4)

Friday March 24:  Deadline for candidate biographical information forms and photos to be submitted.

Friday, March 31: Postcard and electronic notification sent to all members (via work email and home addresses) announcing URL link for voting and how to view candidate information.

Monday April 3: Election website and online voting open. Notification sent to college emails announcing start of election.

Thursday April 20: Close of voting at 11:59 p.m.

Friday April 21: Elections committee decides upon any challenges and certifies results in accordance with DOL standards.

The term of office for statewide officers begins the first Friday in May (May 5)

 

Protection of Election Rights (Article VII, Sec. 8)

a)      Members shall have at least fifteen (15) days from the date that

ballots are available to submit their ballots.

b) There shall be no discrimination for or against any candidate for

office with respect to the use of the membership lists or in the

distribution of campaign literature by the Congress.

c) All candidates shall have the right to be present or have a

designated observer at any ballot counting.

d) The Delegate Assembly shall approve appropriate safeguards

and procedures for each election to guarantee a fair election and

to receive challenges.

e) The vote count shall indicate the vote for each candidate by

respective college and the vote total.

f) No union funds shall be expended to support the particular

candidacy of anyone for Congress office.

 

Please note: In determining eligibility to vote in statewide elections or to serve in

Elected office, part-timers who join the 4Cs shall be considered

Members  for the entire academic year, even if they only teach in one

semester.  Deadline for becoming a member for voting eligibility will be April 3, 2017.

 

On behalf of the elections committee,

John McNamara, Chair

February 28th, 2017

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  • The administration requested to meet informally with SEBAC Leaders, and that discussion occurred
  • The parties plan to meet informally again
  • Union leaders will brief their leadership bodies and negotiating committees.
  • Further briefings and information will be available if discussions continue.

November 23rd, 2016

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District Office Name Towns
001 House Matt Ritter Hartford (part)
008 House Tom Currier Columbia, Coventry, Tolland (part), Vernon (part)
014 House Saud Anwar South Windsor (part)
015 House David Baram Bloomfield, Windsor (part)
022 House Betty Boukus New Britain (part), Plainville
024 House Rick Lopes New Britain (part), Newington (part)
026 House Peter Tercyak New Britain (part)
027 House Joshua Shulman Newington (part)
028 House Russ Morin Wethersfield (part)
030 House Joe Aresimowicz Berlin (part), Southington (part)
038 House Sharon Palmer Montville (part), Waterford
039 House Chris Soto New London (part)
040 House Christine Conley Groton (part), Ledyard (part)
041 House Joe de la Cruz Groton (part), New London (part)
044 House Christine Randall Killingly (part), Plainfield (part)
047 House Kate Donnelly Canterbury, Chaplin, Franklin, Hampton, Lisbon (part), Lebanon (part), Norwich (part), Scotland, Sprague
049 House Susan Johnson Windham (part)
053 House Susan Eastwood Ashford, Tolland (part), Willington
056 House Mike Winkler Vernon (part)
059 House Tony DiPace East Windsor (part), Enfield (part)
060 House Tim Curtis Windsor (part), Windsor Locks
065 House Michelle Cook Torrington (part)
072 House Larry Butler Waterbury (part)
073 House Jeff Berger Waterbury (part)
076 House Myrna Watanabe Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield (part), Thomaston
077 House Laura Bartok Bristol (part)
088 House Josh Elliott Hamden (part)
090 House Patrick Reynolds Cheshire (part), Wallingford (part)
099 House James Albis East Haven (part)
100 House Matt Lesser Middletown (part)
103 House Liz Linehan Cheshire (part), Southington (part), Wallingford (part)
105 House Theresa Conroy Beacon Falls, Derby (part), Seymour
106 House Eva Bermudez Zimmerman Newtown (part)
110 House Bob Godfrey Danbury (part)
117 House Sean Ronan Milford (part), Orange (part), West Haven (part)
118 House Kim Rose Milford (part)
137 House Chris Perone Norwalk (part)
138 House Jeff Tomchik Danbury (part), New Fairfield (part), Ridgefield (part)
146 House Terry Adams Stamford (part)
S06 Senate Terry Gerratana Berlin, Farmington (part), New Britain
S11 Senate Martin Looney Hamden (part), New Haven (part), North Haven (part)
S13 Senate Dante Bartolomeo Cheshire (part), Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown (part)
S16 Senate Ryan Rogers Cheshire (part), Prospect, Southington, Waterbury (part), Wolcott
S17 Senate Joe Crisco Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden (part), Naugatuck (part), Woodbridge (part)
S18 Senate Tim Bowles Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington, Voluntown
S19 Senate Cathy Osten Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville (part), Norwich, Sprague
S20 Senate Ryan Henowitz Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville (part), New London, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook (part), Salem, Waterford
S22 Senate Marilyn Moore Bridgeport (part), Monroe (part), Trumbull
S23 Senate Ed Gomes Bridgeport (part), Stratford (part)
S24 Senate Kenneth Gucker Bethel (part), Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman
S29 Senate Mae Flexer Brooklyn, Canterbury, Killingly, Mansfield, Putnam, Scotland, Thompson, Windham
S35 Senate Arlene Avery Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Ellington (part), Hampton, Pomfret, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, Woodstock

“Paid for by the Congress of Community Colleges (the 4Cs).  This message was made independent of any candidate or political party. Information about the 4Cs may be found on the State Elections Enforcement Commission’s Internet web site.”

 

October 25th, 2016

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By Bob Reutenauer, 4Cs Organizer

Adjunct faculty members Robyn Brooks (Tunxis), Ray Esponda (Gateway), and 4Cs staff organizer Bob Reutenauer represented the 4Cs in early August at COCAL Conference at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

The Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL) is a grassroots coalition of activists in North America working for contingent faculty: adjunct, part-time, non-tenured, and graduate teaching faculty. The conference is held every two years and this year was the 12th. The network works to improve higher education through the collective achievement of job security, livable wages, academic freedom, and time and resources for academic research and professional development for contingent academic laborers.

The 4Cs delegation joined 300 other contingent educators from all geographic regions of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., including three adjuncts from CSU-AAUP. Faculty came from all levels of higher education, from public to private non-profit and for-profit institutions. COCAL is dedicated to alerting the broader community about the trends that undermine higher education by staging media events, improving legislation concerning higher education, and identifying colleagues at institutions and assisting them in forming collective bargaining units and negotiating strong contracts.

We all share the same angst with the corporatization of higher education. The precarious status of part-time faculty is global. No benefits, job security, equity, student debt, – a long litany of shared concerns. The most striking achievement of COCAL XII was the knowledge shared by our our Mexican colleagues about the extreme repression they face as unionists organizing to maintain livable wages and decent teaching and learning conditions. Like the Mexican government, the Canadian and USA governments push austerity measures and privatization that we actively oppose. Sometimes we win; sometimes we lose. But we have not been arrested, brutalized or even killed as faculty and student activists in Oaxaca were this year for doing exactly as we do— standing together for dignity and respect for ourselves and our profession.

The next COCAL conference will be in 2018, and planning is beginning now to hold the event in Mexico.

October 19th, 2016

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The 4Cs, AFT & AFSCME held a joint live streaming Membership Meeting on Friday, September 30 to update our memberships on the status of Contract Negotiations. If you were not able to join us live, you can view the video here.

October 3rd, 2016

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Film Synopsis

The Hand That Feeds is a documentary film that was screened at Northwestern on April 26. “At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.

Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again.”

Q&A with Robin Blotnick, Director of The Hand That Feeds

Q). One of the things I’ve read about Mahoma and The Hand That Feeds was the importance of education. Can you describe what transformations you saw in Mahoma and his co-workers when they were educated about their rights? What actions did they take based on this newfound knowledge?

A). Laundry Workers Center (LWC), the volunteer labor group that organized the 63rd Street Hot & Crusty, is unusually devoted to finding and training worker-leaders. They don’t just pay lip service to the idea, they actually made Mahoma co-director of their organization while he was still working full-time as a deli man. From the beginning, LWC recognized leadership qualities in Mahoma that others might have missed because he was quiet and soft-spoken, and they gave him intensive training in how to lead his own labor campaign.

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Panel Discussion following the screening of The Hand That Feeds at NWCC. From left to right: Robin Blotnick, Director; Julie Sabo, a member of United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 919; Dr. Gregory Jackson, 4Cs Organizer

The impression I got was that most of the Hot & Crusty workers already knew that the way they were being treated was wrong, and they were angry about it. But the organizers taught them that undocumented immigrant workers have rights under US labor law and that something can actually be done about it. After many intense late night house visits, a small group of them found the courage to join together and act.

Q). Without giving away any spoilers, can you tell me a little bit about the struggle that Mahoma and his co-workers faced after deciding to organize?

A). It quickly became clear that management wasn’t going to concede anything without a fight. At first the manager threatened to report the workers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Then there were visits from a mysterious anti-union consultant who claimed to work for the Department of Labor. The management challenged the formation of the union with every legal method they could find, they closely monitored surveillance footage looking for excuses to fire the leaders, and there were many attempts to bribe the workers, some of them successful. But the biggest challenge came in the summer of 2012, when the management announced they were closing the location and laying off the entire workforce. This is a classic union avoidance tactic for small shops like this, and there’s very little workers can do about it, legally speaking.

But this battle was going to be waged in the streets not the courtrooms, and it was at this point in the story that things really started to heat up.

Q). The Hand That Feeds film focuses on low wage workers in the food industry, but higher education has also seen a dramatic increase in the reliance on low wage workers – adjunct or part-time faculty. SEIU has done research to show that 25% of part-time professors and their families nationwide are in enrolled in one or more public assistance programs, and in Connecticut, 15% of adjunct faculty are near or below poverty. What inspiration do you think our part-time faculty members, many of whom are struggling to piece together a full-time job from part-time work, will find in this film? Are there any lessons that you think Mahoma would share with the adjunct faculty?

A). Those numbers are shocking. It seems like higher education is becoming more and more like the food industry these days, with management taking the “low road” of cutting costs on the backs of those who make the organization run. If there’s anything this film shows, it’s that workers from all sectors should stick together. The Hot & Crusty workers couldn’t have achieved what they did without reaching out a very diverse group of people, including grad students, adjunct professors and other university faculty. One day I was surprised to see the media professor who first taught me documentary production (at nearby Hunter College) marching on the Hot & Crusty picket line. Helping these deli workers wasn’t just some philanthropic cause for these “white collar” professors, they were fighting their own union battle on the campus and they were there as an expression of true solidarity.

I would say the first lesson from Mahoma’s story is to lean on your friends and also don’t be afraid to make enemies. This campaign showed that aggressive, militant tactics, including negative publicity, sit down strikes and civil disobedience can be effective even in very small scale struggles.

Another lesson is to not be discouraged by setbacks, which are inevitable. And third, it’s important to keep labor organizations democratic. Judging from this story, the best way to keep up the morale of the rank and file is to have the rank and file lead their own campaigns.

For more information, go to www.thehandthatfeedsfilm.com.

June 28th, 2016

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