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UC-AFT 1474 Candidate Statements Spring 2020 Executive Board Elections

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Candidates for Co-Chair

 

Joanna Reed, Continuing Lecturer, Sociology

I am a Continuing Lecturer in the sociology department and have been on the Local 1474 Executive Board for the last three years, serving as co-chair for the last year. Over that time, the board has worked to make our union more democratic, participatory and focused on member engagement, in addition to continuing to provide services to members. I am proud to have been part of these efforts and I am looking forward to continuing this work into the coming year, as we fight for a new and improved contract for lecturers, make sure that librarians' hard won gains are honored by the UC administration and stand with other campus unions to ensure that the university treats all its workers with the respect they deserve. 

Kendra K. Levine, Librarian, Transportation 

I've been a librarian at Berkeley for 12 years. Since I was first elected to the UC-AFT Local 1474 Executive Board and through Unit 17 Librarian contract bargaining, I have seen the power of organizing and standing up for workers at UC and beyond. I'm standing as co-chair of Executive Board to continue this work at this critical time when lecturers are in contract negotiations, librarians work to ensure our new contract meets our needs and support all UC students and workers during this time of great uncertainty and change. I believe librarians, lecturers, students, and all workers on campus are in this struggle together and that we will win.

 

Candidates for Collective Members

Barbara Barnes, Continuing Lecturer, Gender & Women’s Studies

I am a continuing lecturer in Gender & Women’s Studies, where I have taught since spring 2007. Since being hired, I have been aware that the few job protections and access to benefits we do have are due to the work of our Local 1474 and I have been casually involved in supporting this work for several years. At this time of new contract negotiations, I am eager to become more dedicatedly involved in the work of creating more secure, fair, and humane working conditions for lecturers and other contingent university workers. 

 

Crystal Chang Cohen, Continuing Lecturer, International and Area Studies

My name is Crystal Chang Cohen and I am a Continuing Lecturer in the International and Area Studies Program. I became involved with the union two years ago. Through my work on the current contract campaign, I have come to appreciate the crucial role UC-AFT plays in protecting our rights and expanding our access to healthcare and pension benefits. Only through community building and collective action can we pressure the administration to appropriately compensate us for our contributions to the teaching mission of this University. I would be honored for the opportunity to continue building our union’s power in these challenging times. Thank you for your consideration.

 

David Eifler, Librarian, Environmental Design

Unprecedented times demand unprecedented degrees and forms of organizing.  I hope to continue as a member of the Executive Board in order to support lecturer negotiations and deepen librarian involvement during the coming transformative year.

 

Kim Freeman, Continuing Lecturer, College Writing Programs

I’ve been a lecturer at Cal for seven years. While I’ve only been at Cal a relatively short time, I’ve taught a lot elsewhere and I’ve seen a variety of non-tenure line positions. What that experience has shown me is how much UC-AFT Local 1474 has done for lecturers and librarians at Cal, and how vital the union is to our positions here, from securing raises to professional development funding. I served on the PDF committee for a couple of years, which gave me the opportunity to see what great work so many of our members are doing, work that is hard to support without the resources UC-AFT fought for. I also served on the e-board last year. While the union has done a lot, there is, of course, still more to do, and we cannot rest easy, especially given the current political climate and the upcoming bargaining for our new contract. That’s why I’m running for the UC-AFT board again—to continue, and I hope build upon, the strengths organized labor affords us all.

 

Khalid Kadir, Continuing Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Social Science Programs & Engineering

I am a Continuing Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Social Science Programs (formerly International and Area Studies) as well as a Lecturer in the College of Engineering. I am eager to contribute to making our union a force for positive change, both for lecturers and librarians as well as for our entire university community and beyond. To that end, I would like to help with ongoing efforts towards increasing participation in our union as well as work towards organizing collectively with other groups in our community. 

 

Marianne Kaletzky, Lecturer, English and Comparative Literature

I teach reading and composition, American Cultures, and film courses. I became active in labor organizing through my previous work as a public high school teacher, when I was a member of another AFT local, and during my time as a grad student at UC Berkeley, when I served in the elected leadership of UAW-2865 as part of a caucus that aimed to give members a greater voice in our union. These experiences showed me how unions can win fairer working conditions for our members while also creating a better learning environment for our students and advocating for an accessible, truly public system of higher education for all. I’m also motivated to join our local’s board by my experience of the particular and often very difficult situation of lecturers. Our students know, as we do, the value of our labor: they tell us again and again we’re the instructors who made a difference to them during their time at Berkeley. Yet the UC administration treats us as disposable. As part of the board, I hope to help us win appointment stability for pre-continuing lecturers, plus benefits and salaries that allow us to keep doing the work we love.

 

Tiffany Page, Continuing Lecturer, Global Studies

In light of all that is going on right now, I believe that it is more important than ever that we continue to work to strengthen the Lecturer and Librarian community on campus. Over the last four years, engagement in our Local has increased significantly and I have enjoyed being part of the supportive and fun community that has emerged. I look forward to continuing to work with these wonderful folks and encouraging others to become more involved. I will also continue to serve as one of the bargaining representatives for our campus on the statewide bargaining team until we have a new contract.

 

I-Wei Wang, Librarian, UC Berkeley School of Law

I've been a librarian at UC Berkeley for 13 years. I've served Local 1474 in a couple of ways in the past few years: I was a member of the Unit 17 bargaining team in the librarians' successor contract negotiations 2018-19 and continue to serve on the Unit 17 local organizing committee; for the Executive Board, I have served on the Endorsements Committee, as [self-styled] Elections Czarina, and as an active if occasional participant at monthly member meetings; and at the statewide level, I am a member of the Unit 17 Contract Administration Group that oversees protection of our rights under the librarian MOU. The recent turbulent months - the lecturers' organizing and contract bargaining campaigns, graduate student activism, and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and campus closures - have reminded me of the vital importance and value of engaging with our members, as well as sister unions, to support each other in times of trouble. That's why I'm running for the Executive Board. I'd appreciate your vote.