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BFT Action - March 5th, 2017

In this issue: Teachers Across Berkeley this Thursday, March 16th Membership Meeting, Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta Essay Contest, and more...
BFT Action--March 2017

Calling all BFT members: Contract Campaign Kick Off!

This Thursday, March 9th, BFT members will fan out across the city to talk to local businesses about our upcoming contract negotiations and to thank them for their support over the years. This action has been a big part of our last two contract campaigns, and was a big reason why we were able to win such strong contracts! 

Please join us! This is a fun, empowering contract action that only takes one hour of your time after school. It's a family-friendly event--bring your kids! Everyone works in teams for this event, so it's also a fun way to hang out with your colleagues and build organizing energy together. 

Talk to your Site Rep and sign up to join Teachers Across Berkeley today!

Membership Meeting on Negotiations, March 16th!

Very important membership meeting coming up on Thursday, March 16th! This will be a negotiations-related meeting with two foci: prep time for K-5 teachers and potential proposed changes to the school calendar

This meeting will be at 4:00 in the Multipurpose Room at Berkeley Adult School, with snacks provided. Come help your Negotiations Team envision a better BUSD!

Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta Essay Contest! Share with your students!
Calling all teachers! Join the Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta Commemorative Period Essay Contest! This year's contest centers on the case of Mendez v. Westminster, wherein the Mendez family fought against segregation in California public schools. 

The contest is open to all classrooms from 2nd-12th grade. If you'd like your class to participate, you should email the Commemorative Committee at

Need A BFT Hoodie or T-Shirt?
Make sure you have a BFT t-shirt and hoodie as we march in the streets and gear up for our contract campaign.  If you do not have a t-shirt, please send an email with the STYLE (crew or scoop) and SIZE you need and we will send you a FREE t-shirt.  If you would like a hoodie, please send us a check for $25 to BFT via district mail, and let us know if you want a Men's (Navy) or Women's (Black) hoodie, and we will send it to you in district mail.
CFT Convention Delegates Elected!
After an election with very high turnout, this year's elected CFT convention delegates will be:
- BFT President Cathy Campbell
- BFT Vice President John Becker
- BFT Treasurer Dale Long
- Oxford Elementary Site Rep Susan Archuletta
- Rosa Parks teacher and longtime BFT activist Tracey Iglehart

Additionally, Yvette Felarca (King Middle School) and Brian Crowell (formerly of Berkeley High) will be attending as BFT delegates at their own expense.

Thank you to these members for this service to your union, and thank you to everyone who nominated themselves!

Interested in Running For BFT Office?
Now's your chance! Nominate yourself for office! Nominations for BFT President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary open at our March 16th membership meeting and close at the May 4th membership meeting. 

You will receive nomination forms in your mailbox. 

REMINDER: Please Do NOT “Rate” Subs in Aesop
When you are absent and your class has a substitute teacher, you may get an email from Aesop asking for feedback on your sub.  Please DO NOT use this function to express concerns.  Please see your administrator with any concerns.  Whenever possible, please also contact the sub directly.
Tax Reminder!

It's that season again. Just a reminder that your BFT dues are 1.4% of your Gross Income and they're tax-deductible.

College Scholarships Available - Deadline to Apply is March 31st 2017!
Are you planning on continuing your education? Do you have a dependent that is a senior in high school and planning to attend college? AFT can help! As part of the Robert G. Porter Scholars Program, the AFT offers four $8,000 scholarships to high-achieving high school seniors who are dependents of AFT members. They also offer ten $1,000 grants to AFT members seeking to continue education in their field of work. 

Deadline is March 31st, 2017! For more information, check out the AFT Scholarships page!

Interested in Retiring? Learn about Benefits!
The BUSD Benefits office is holding two workshops soon about retiree benefits. Both of them are in the Ed Services Conference Room on the 3rd floor of 2020 Bonar St. The workshops are on March 30th and April 26th. They are currently scheduled for 3:00-4:30PM, but we're looking into getting the time moved back a bit.
Calendar of Coming Events
3/9/17 Teachers Across Berkeley
3/16/17 Membership meeting about negotiations--BAS MPR at 4:00PM
3/30/17 Retiree benefits workshop at 2020 Bonar St.
3/31/17-4/2/17 California Federation of Teachers Convention
4/3/17-4/7/17 Spring Break
Berkeley Federation of Teachers, CFT/AFT, AFL-CIO

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