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BFT Action - May 4th, 2018

In this issue: School Board Endorsements, BFT Positions Available, Berkeley Rep events, and more...
BFT Action--May 2018
May 3rd BFT School Board Candidate Panel
On Thursday, May 3rd, BFT will be interviewing candidates for the BUSD School Board as part of our endorsement process. All BFT members are encouraged to attend and give your thoughts at the end of the interviews. This is an important part of our political process here in Berkeley. Interviews will take place from 4:00 - 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 3rd at the Berkeley Adult School Multi-Purpose Room. Dinner will be served.
May 10th Membership Meeting
School Board endorsement decisions will be made on Thursday, May 10th, at 4 pm at the 1720 Oregon Street conference room. All members are encouraged to attend. At this meeting members will VOTE on endorsements.
Get involved in your union: Be a Political and Electoral Organizer, a Contract Campaign and Membership Organizer or a Teachers of Color Network Facilitator
You will receive announcements for three different BFT Organizer positions for 2018-2019 by email.

The Political and Electoral Organizer works Work with CFT staff and BFT officers to implement the political and electoral parts of the BFT strategic plan, including mobilization for local and state electoral fights, recruit members to volunteer for events and be a BFT liason to city governing bodies and commissions.
The Contract Campaign and Membership Organizer works with CFT staff and BFT officers to implement a strategic plan to develop and further BFT organizing, social justice and political goals, including our contract
campaign, advocacy around our Quality Education Agenda and the BUSD LCAP, works closely with site reps to keep membership in our union high and our contract campaign strong.

The Teachers of Color Network is a group, organized by BFT, that works to improve the recruitment, hiring, support, and retention of teachers of color in BUSD. They also work together on the all-important goals of self-care and building community. Being a TOCN Facilitator is a great chance for BFT members to help serve their colleagues and do fun, important work!

Applications for these positions will be due back to BFT by May 29th. Applications are also on our website.

Nominations for AFT Convention Delegate Close May 24th

The 2018 AFT Convention will take place July 13-16 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you’re interested in nominating yourself as a BFT delegate to the AFT convention please complete the nomination form you have received in your box. Nomination forms are due to the BFT office by 5:00PM on May 24th.  You can find more information about the 2018 AFT Convention here.

Important Elections Coming Up
BFT has endorsed Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent for Education. 
BFT has endorsed Judy Appel for Assembly District 15 

It is important that strong defenders of public education are elected to statewide positions.

Additionally, Alameda County Measure A will provide much needed funds to preschool and early education programs throughout the county including Berkeley. It is essential this passes.

 Two Berkeley Rep Opportunities for BFT Members

The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America Book Launch 
Come to a discussion between Stephen Spinella, Tony Taccone and authors Issac Butler and Dan Kois. The event is free and there will be special seating in the first two rows for BFT members. 
When: Monday, May 7th at 8:00 PM
Where: Roda Theater, 2015 Addison St. Berkeley
Email for tickets.

Special 2018-2019 Berkeley Rep Season Preview For BFT Members
What: 2018-19 Season Preview Event for Educators (Open exclusively to members of BFT and other local teacher’s unions)
Where: Michael’s Second Act (Courtyard Bar) at Berkeley Rep 2025 Addison St Berkeley CA 94704
When: Tuesday, May 15, 4-5:30pm
Who: Season presentation by Berkeley Rep’s Literary Manager, Sarah Rose Leonard
Email for tickets.

These events are for BFT members. If you are not sure of your Union membership status please email

Are You Interested in a Reduced Workload Leave, aka a "Willie Brown" Leave?
A Reduced Workload Leave (RWL) allows a teacher to work part-time but still receive BUSD contributions to STRS and benefits as though they were working full-time. To be eligible, a teacher must be at least 55 years old and have worked in a certificated position for at least 10 years, with the last 5 years full-time. Teachers can take RWL up to 0.50FTE under state law, and the deadline for notifying BUSD HR is July 15, 2017. For more information, check out our Reduced Workload Leave FAQ or email BFT President Cathy Campbell at
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.
Don't Forget Course Approval!

If you plan to take summer coursework to move over on the salary schedule and increase your compensation, you must submit a BUSD course approval request no later than two weeks after the start of the course. The credits you earn will NOT count towards salary advancement unless you get prior approval. See our FAQ on the subject for more details. 

Interested in a Job Share?
If you are a K-5 teacher interested in a job share for 2018-2019, please contact BFT at so we can connect you with other teachers seeking job shares!
Voluntary Transfer Rights in BFT/BUSD Contract
The BFT/BUSD contract provides teachers the right to request a voluntary transfer to an open position at a different school so long as as they have a positive evaluation and meet certain criteria (e.g. certification, credential, minimum years experience, specialized training, etc.). If you have questions about how to make use of your rights in the area please contact BFT President Cathy Campbell at You should also make sure to carefully monitor certificated job postings in your email. 
Calendar of Coming Events
5/3/18 School Board Endorsement Panel Berkeley Adult School MPR 4:00 - 6:00 pm
5/10/18 BFT Membership Meeting 4 pm at 1720 Oregon Street Conference Room
5/29/18 BFT Position Applications Due