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BFT Action - May 8th, 2019

In this issue: BFT Positions Available, BFT Officer Elections, All Out for Sacramento and more...
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BFT Action--May 2019
May 22nd Statewide Day of Action
We encourage all members to join BFT, CFT, CTA and community members across the state for a Statewide Day of Action in Sacramento on May 22nd. This is a critical time to show our State Legislature and Governor that education must be fully funded. Additionally, there are important bills being considered to reform regulations on charter schools. BFT is providing transportation throughout the day and anyone is welcome. CFT will provide lunch.

We still have some spaces left on our buses and hope you can ride with us. Buses leave at various times throughout the day and all return at 6 pm from the Capitol. We already have over 250 people signed up to take a bus to Sacramento!

Sign up to participate in the May 22nd Day of Action here. 

Thank You for Participating in Teachers Across Berkeley
Thank you to all the BFT Members who participated in Teachers Across Berkeley on April 30th. All sites participated and we were able to put up flyers in all corners of the city.

If you see a placard in a window, thank them for supporting teachers! 

May 30th Membership Meeting
There will be a BFT Membership Meeting on May 30th at the Berkeley Adult School at 4:00 pm. If there is a Tentative Contract Agreement, the BFT Negotiations Team will present the agreement and ratification voting will being. If there is no Tentative Agreement, we will discuss next steps in our Contract Campaign.
Get involved in your union: Be a BFT Organizer or a Teachers of Color Network Facilitator
You will receive announcements for two different BFT Organizer positions for 2019-2020 by email and in your mailbox.

The BFT Organizer works 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 liaison to city governing bodies and commissions. The BFT Organizer also works with Site Reps to maintain high membership and represents BFT on District committees. You can find the application here.

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! You can find the application here.

Applications for these positions are due to BFT by May 24th. 

BFT Ballots Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You!

BFT Executive Officer ballots will be distributed on Thursday, May 16th to all members. The Executive Officers are the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Ballots are due back to the BFT office by 5:00PM on Wednesday, May 29th. 

Make sure you vote!

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 2019-2020, 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
5/22/19 All Out to Sacramento
5/24/19 BFT Leadership Position Applications Due
5/29/19 BFT Officers Election Voting Closes
5/30/19 BFT Membership Meeting
Berkeley Federation of Teachers, CFT/AFT, AFL-CIO

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