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The Elections Committee, along with the candidates, met last Friday at the 4Cs office to validate the election results.
The election drew more than 20% of the membership of 3,053 eligible to vote. The new term began on May 5th.
Congratulations to President Bryan Bonina, Treasurer Tony Scott, Secretary Steve Krevisky and Diversity Officer Bill Foster —  all of whom ran unopposed.
Vice President For Faculty
Lorraine Li         367  X
Cindy Casper    211
Vice President for CCPs
Maureen Chalmers      301 X
Eileen Rhodes               269
Vice Presidents PT Faculty (2)
Merja Lehtinen   215  X
Ramon Esponda  269 X
Sadia Babar      170
John Mueller      159
Membership Officer 
Trent Wright    286 X
Kevin Skee     280
On behalf of the Congress’ elections committee – John McNamara, David Welsh, Robert Lavin and Minati Roychoudhari – thank you to all candidates for stepping up to run for statewide leadership.  Your involvement keeps our union democratic and stronger.

May 7th, 2017

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Join us on Saturday, April 22 for a 4Cs conference from 10am-2pm at Middlesex Community College that will address issues each part-time educator faces in long-term professional development (view agenda). Free of charge with breakfast and lunch included.
Advanced registration is preferred (here).

April 21st, 2017

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The 4Cs Finance Committee presented three preliminary budget alternatives for the Delegate Assembly and our members to consider. The preliminary budgets represent income reductions of 5%, 7%, and 10%.

The budget is presented in a format with three alternatives because the State Budget is unsettled. The Governor’s budget assumes savings in healthcare and pension benefits and threatens layoffs if these savings are not realized. The dues income reductions are estimates based on reductions in our membership due to unusually large retirements and or layoffs and the drop in membership dues that would result. It is also important to note that there are reserves that will cover the shortfall for any adopted budget.

Please see the attached and contact your chapter representatives  before they vote on April 8.

March 23rd, 2017

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We Need YOUR Participation

Our members are facing many challenges and need YOU to help. The time is now to resist and protect our system of higher education. 

The 4Cs will be holding a joint Lobby Day with CSU-AAUP and UConn-AAUP to Reclaim Public Higher Education on Friday, March 31 from 9am-1pm. Sign up here!

It is crucial that we have a strong showing at the Legislative Office Building on March 31 – including faculty, staff, and students. It’s time to Reclaim Public Higher Education!

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March 8th, 2017

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The University of Hartford adjuncts voted to join the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges and SEIU Faculty Forward, marking the first successful effort by adjuncts at a private university in Connecticut!

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January 5th, 2017

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The semester is back in gear, pumpkin spice is all around you, and it’s officially election season! Higher education has traditionally received minimal attention during campaign season but this election cycle has witnessed sweeping proposals; higher ed has become a leading issue on campaign trails this year.

Candidates are out to earn YOUR vote, so it’s an important time to have legislators hear your priorities. When you meet legislators at events or they have knocked on your door, it’s an opportunity to ask them about the issues you care about like community college funding or debt-free higher education.

4Cs Bryan Bonina signs the pledge to be a Higher Education Voter!

Our parent union, SEIU, is launching GOTV U, led by higher education employees organizing under the banner Faculty Forward to bring faculty, staff, and students to the polls. Historically, campus turnout has been critical to candidates’ ability to win, with many crediting President Obama’s 2012 win to college turnout.

Join the 4Cs and other faculty, staff, students, and parents across the nation in pledging to be a higher education voter. What does it mean to #VoteHigher? We’re standing together and voting for candidates who will join the fight for quality, accessible higher education; help students graduate free of debt; and pay campus staff a minimum of $15/hour.

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4Cs organizers will have pledge cards at chapter meetings and at other chapter events through elections. But you don’t have to wait to see one of the organizers in person; you can sign the pledge online here.

If you are active in politics, you know that GOTV stands for Get Out the Vote and the U signifies universities or colleges. (But also everything becomes an acronym now because of Twitter so you can Tweet #GOTVU and still have 134 characters left).

Join us in making higher education a powerful voice in this year’s elections, from local and state elections to the race for President!

September 15th, 2016

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This Thursday, September 8, the 4Cs and our D.U.E. Justice –D.U.E. stands for Democracy, Unity, and Equality– partners are joining together to hear Rev. Dr. Barber of the North Carolina NAACP and founder of the Moral Monday Movement. The D.U.E. Justice is calling for collective action on 5 key issue areas needed to turn our state around, and to hold our political leaders accountable for their efforts and commitments in those areas. Those 5 issue areas are:

  • Good Jobs and Fair Wages
  • Universal Access to Quality Public Education, Preschool to Grad School,
  • A Vibrant and Fairly Funded Public Sector,
  • Racial, Gender, and Ethnic Justice,
  • Democracy in our State and in Our Work Places.

Rev. Dr. Barber is an inspiring speaker who has given speeches at some high profile labor and democratic events in the past few months. I witnessed him firsthand speaking at the SEIU Convention, heard him on television at the DNC, and saw video of his speech at the Fight for $15 Convention.

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Rev., Dr. Barber speaks at the Democratic National Convention

While I’m excited to be inspired again by Rev. Dr. Barber, I’m not just going to hear him speak.

I’m attending on Thursday because of an incident that really bothered me over the summer. I was a passenger with my sister and a close friend in a taxi coming home at the beginning of the summer. An irate driver not only tried to drive our cab off the road, but when he stopped next to us at a red light, he called our taxi driver the N word and physically started punching the cab with his fist. This happened in my town, less than two miles from my house.

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It’s been several months since this incident took place but it still bothers me. It bothers me that someone who likely lives in my town used this hateful language against another human being. It bothers me that my taxi driver was able to remain calm, most likely because this was not the first time this hateful language was thrown at him and sadly because he didn’t want to risk losing his tip. But more than anything, it bothered me that I stayed silent during the exchange.

I am a white woman raised in liberal Massachusetts. I understand that racism still exists, but despite being 40 years old, this is the first time someone used the N-word in my presence.

Yes, the man who used the hateful word was bigger than me, angry, and clearly prone to violence. I did not want to escalate the situation. After the incident, we apologized to our taxi driver – embarrassed and angry that someone would use such hateful language towards him. He appreciated our kindness but simply shrugged off the incident.

I cannot shrug off the incident. Rather that trying to find peace or solace in the excuse of not wanting to escalate things, I’m going to use this incident as motivation to break my silence and use my voice. Therefore, I’m not just going to listen to Rev. Dr. Barber speak – I’m going to join with the thousand others to speak out on the issues important to us.

Whether your issue is fair wages for adjuncts and EAs, fairly funded public higher education, Black Lives Matters, women’s equality, all of the above, or other issues, I hope you consider joining me on Thursday, September 8 at Take Back CT! The event is taking place in the Welte Theatre at Central Connecticut State University (directions here; campus map here) at 6:30pm. Join us and use your voice for change!

September 6th, 2016

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Take Back Connecticut!

Thursday, September 8 

Central CT State University

New Britain, CT 

“We must never adjust ourselves to
economic conditions that take necessities from
the many to give luxuries to the few.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Martin Luther King birthday weekend, a coalition of labor, civil rights, community and faith organizations came together to Celebrate Unity, Equality, and Democracy, and to pledge to work together inspired by Dr. King’s legacy and leadership. This diverse coalition is committed to working together during a time of increasing income inequality, spikes in racial, ethnic, and gender based injustice and attacks, and threats to democracy in elections and in the workplace from “dark money” interests, and the billionaire super-elite.

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The DUE Justice Coalition rejects calls that ignore Dr. King’s words, saying that we must “adjust ourselves” to the “new economic reality”, a reality where virtually all economic growth goes into the pockets of the 1 % and the middle class slowly fades away. What could be a clearer example of an economy that “takes necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few?” We will not “adjust ourselves.” Instead we pledge to work together both in the short term and in the long term on 5 key issue areas needed to turn our state around, and to hold our political leaders accountable for their efforts and commitments in those areas. Those 5 issue areas are:

  • Good Jobs and Fair Wages
  • Universal Access to Quality Public Education, Preschool to Grad School,
  • A Vibrant and Fairly Funded Public Sector,
  • Racial, Gender, and Ethnic Justice,
  • Democracy in our State and in Our Work Places.

At the center of the DUE Justice Coalition vision is the creation of a unified, shared collective movement dedicated to Democracy, Unity & Equality. It is our belief that the way forward to achieve this goal is through building relationships and creating a common strategy and campaign to effectively advance our shared goals.

To advance this goal, Rev. Dr. William Barber, North Carolina NAACP President and inspirational leader and founder of the Moral Monday Movement will be speaking to leaders and organizations from across the state, challenging us to build a powerful movement for justice in our communities, and in our state.

August 19th, 2016

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Last October, I noticed that the SEIU.org website had a more modern look and I was excited when I discovered the new theme would soon be available to local chapters. Nearly nine months later, the 4Cs is the first local to unveil the new theme and will serve as an example for other chapters across the country!

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SEIU’s website, www.seiu.org

One of the reasons I was excited to get the new theme was because it included more interactive features. It was easier to embed YouTube videos on the homepage and we could include Twitter feeds on individual pages. While you will notice a major change on the homepage, all of the current information found on our website is still there. However, the information is organized slightly differently.

Here is screenshot of the homepage of our new website:

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A screen shot of our new website!

What’s New?

A Focus on Issues

You will notice a new navigation tab called Issues, under which you can find Contract Negotiations, A Culture of Commitment stories, Faculty Forward and Adjunct Action information from SEIU, and Student Debt. This area of the new website demonstrates the issues that the 4Cs is working on, and this area will be frequently updated.

Current Issues can be found here

Current Issues can be found here

A Log-In Area for Chapter Leaders

Our Chapter Leaders work hard for their colleagues! The 4Cs is trying to make their job a little easier by putting all the resources they may need in one place. Chapter leaders will be able to download several versions of the 4Cs logo in different formats, access resources to use for chapter meetings, download forms, and more! The Chapter Leaders tab is located in the footer menu on the webpage.

The Chapter Leaders Log In is located in the footer menu

The Chapter Leaders Log In is located in the footer menu

Information for Media

The 4Cs has been sharing stories about our members’ commitment to their students and communities. Our members often go above and beyond, and the media is starting to take notice! In the media tab on the footer menu, will be our press releases, op-eds, and contact information.

What Isn’t Changing?

All the information that currently exists on our website will remain. There is a tab called “The Contract” that contains pertinent information for all of our members

Information on the 4Cs Contracts can be found here

Information on the 4Cs Contracts can be found here

The “Library” tab contains years of information from the 4Cs, including editions of the Congress Chronicles, e-newsletter, legislative monitor, videos, and forms!

The “Membership” tab contains the membership sign up form, information on benefits – both health and pension and additional benefits available through Union Plus. The Member Help Desk will contain links to several FAQ documents and contact information for those who can answer questions!

“Committees, Colleges & Affiliates” tab is where you can find information about specific sectors within the 4Cs or our partners. Looking for information about the Delegate Assembly or 4Cs Committees? You’ll find it there. Looking for who the chapter officers are at your college? Find it there, along with information specific to part-timers, retirees, and students!

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The footer menu contain an “About 4Cs” tab where members will be able to find contact information, our calendar, useful links, and the history of the 4Cs.

As with anything new, we expect there will be some issues at first. If you notice any problems such as a link not working or an image not displaying, please let us know. Email ellen@the4cs.org.

Thanks and we hope you love the new theme!

August 8th, 2016

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There have been an amazing number of milestones for the faculty movement across the country this Spring Semester. So far in 2016, thousands of faculty members at 10 colleges and universities have voted to join SEIU. Ten schools or university systems have settled or ratified first union contracts this Spring. These new agreements raise wages and solidify job security in higher education.

Although the semester is coming to an end, faculty at half a dozen schools have active union campaigns that will continue to build over the summer.

Highlights:

  • Over 10 colleges and universities have voted yes to joining SEIU in spring 2016!

    Faculty at the following schools have voted to join SEIU so far this year: Saint Louis University, Wells College, Loyola University Chicago, Notre Dame de Namur University (Tenured and Contingent), Ithaca College (Full-time), University of Southern California, St. Charles Community College, Duke University, Boston University (Full-time), Holy Names University.

  • Several university faculty campaigns have filed, including: St. Martin’s University, McDaniel College, and Hillsborough Community College. The faculty at the University of Minnesota also filed this semester and are hoping to vote in the fall.
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    4Cs delegate and part-time faculty member at MCC (and other colleges), John Mueller is pictured participating in Fight for $15! John’s image was used by SEIU for the 2016 April 14th campaign.

    On April 14, 2016 – the eve of Tax Day – faculty joined the Fight for $15 movement in the U.S. and around the globe to hold McDonald’s, other corporations and their own colleges accountable. (The 4Cs also participated in these actions locally!)

  • Faculty across the country have set dramatically higher standards in first contracts, planting strong roots for industry-wide change in a short time. So far this semester, faculty at Boston University, Northeastern University, Washington University in St. Louis, Dominican University, St. Mary’s College, Mills College, the College of St. Rose, Hamline University, Antioch University Seattle, and the California Faculty Association have come to agreements or ratified contracts.
  • Faculty have won significant contract victories, and the growing attention paid to their work has led to impactful coverage in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the National Catholic Reporter.

Faculty across America are showing the country that when people stick together and take action, they win. These contracts include many important victories for faculty at individual campuses, across metro areas and are helping to turn around the trends that have marginalized the profession: low pay, job insecurity, and a lack of respect and a faculty voice in higher education. Here are a few significant contract wins this semester:

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  • In a new agreement, full-time and part-time members of the California Faculty Association will receive at least a 10.5 percent raise within the next three academic years.
  • At Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., SEIU faculty secured a raise for all part-time faculty – ranging from a 15 to 30 percent increase.
  • Adjuncts at the College of St. Rose secured 24 percent to 35 percent increases in pay over three years.
  • Washington University in St. Louis, faculty will receive a 26 percent raise over the next four academic years. Individual faculty members will also receive $750 for classes that are canceled within seven days before the first scheduled class meeting.
  • At Antioch University Seattle, full-time and part-time faculty protected their health care insurance, won monthly transportation benefits, and defined workload expectations within their contract to keep faculty from becoming overworked.
  • As part of a new contract, Dominican University will establish a $40,000 professional development fund for part-time faculty. Dominican University adjunct compensation will be pegged to 80% of a tenure-track associate professor salary by the end of their 3-year contract.

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This blog post was edited slightly with permission from facultyforward.org. 

June 24th, 2016

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