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BFT Action - September 14th, 2020

BFT Action--September 2020
Take a minute right now and fill out the Yes on 15 commitment card. By filling out this short form, you can commit to voting YES on Proposition 15! The statewide goal is to ID 75% of CFT members on Yes on 15 by October 3. If CFT meets this goal that's 75,000 YES votes that Prop 15 can count on!

Virtual Phone Banking will occur throughout September and October on Tuesdays, and on November 1! Prop 15 can only win with real voter engagement. Phone banking is key to winning Prop 15!
Sign- up here to volunteer!

 Check with your site rep to see which day your site has adopted. If you can't make that date, choose any other date. 

BFT has printed window signs for your car or home window. The BUSD School Board race will be competitive with five candidates running. You can support the two BFT endorsed candidates, Ana Vasudeo and Laura Babitt by placing a sign in your home or car window!

Look out for an email next week from BFT Vice President Janine Waddell about contactless pick- up of signs from the BFT Office (1432 University Ave.). Prop15 Yard Signs will also be available for pick- up!

Prop 15 Digital Art Kit

Check out this digital art kit created by BFT Organizer, and King Middle School Teacher Julie Searle. Passing Prop 15 will require all hands on deck. Creating art is one of many ways to support Yes on 15! You can access the art kit here.


Are you interested in participating in AFT sponsored phone banking for the Biden/ Harris Campaign? Click here to find out how you can get involved in making calls to folks in other states. 

You can also participate in virtual phone banking through the YES on 15 Campaign! Click here to sign- up. 

Help Peralta Federation of Teachers!

Peralta is at risk of being taken over by the state and needs your help in supporting a locally controlled Peralta Community College District.  Peralta needs their Chancellor to see that our community stands behind its elected leaders and that we're ready to fight to ensure that they remain in place! 

You can find an action network letter here to be sent to Community College Chancellor Oakley, asking him to allow their democratically elected board to continue their good work. 

September 21 – October 16, 2020

If you want to enroll or change benefits, add or remove dependents, decline coverage or enroll in one of the FSA plans for the 2021 plan year, enrollment begins on September 21.

You’ll receive additional communications from BUSD in the coming weeks.  All enrollment information will be made available electronically.  Nothing will be mailed to your home.  
If you don’t wish to change your current coverage, your benefits will stay the same in 2021; however, you must actively enroll in the FSAs to participate in 2021.

Employee Self Service System

All Berkeley Unified Staff can look up their Pay, Leave Balances, W-2’s and address of record by logging into ESS. Paystubs are no longer mailed out, so this is the only way to check your pay.

Click here for more detailed instructions about creating an account and logging in if you haven't done so already!


Solidarity Statement:
"Strike Season" for Black Lives


BFT has joined in solidarity with community voices and in recognition of historic work stoppages & strike actions by athletes. 

Click here for more information!

Need a BFT Shirt? 

Do you need  a BFT shirt (black shirt with sunflower graphic)?  Shirts are free for new members and cost $10 for existing members. 

We also have RED Keep Teachers in Berkeley shirts, with art by Miriam Stahl. These shirts are being sold for $20 and run in unisex sizes S- 2XL. 

To order a shirt, use this online order form. You can send payment via PayPal or mail a check to:
Berkeley Federation of Teachers
1432 University city Avenue.
Berkeley, CA 94702 


BUSD Family Tech Support Website

BUSD now has a website up and running to support families with distance learning related training. You can access the site here and share the link with your student's families. 

Teachers of Color Network Facilitators for 2019-2020

This year’s TOCN facilitators are Regina Chagolla (Rosa Parks), Sarah Moreno (Thousand Oaks ), Gloria Munoz-Hughes (TSA for ELD),Kesha Jenkins (BAM ) and Monique Duncan-Harris (Berkeley High). If you’d like to get involved with the Network, please contact any of them via email. Thank you to these members for taking on this important service!

Are you Moving Over on the Salary Schedule Due to New Units?

If so, please remember to send a copy of your transcript to Human Resources will review these by November 15.

BFT Organizing Team

This year’s Organizing Team consists of Matt Meyer (BFT President), Janine Waddell (BFT Vice President ), Josh Austin (BHS),  and Julie Searle (King). We’re excited to work with this team to further BFT's organizing, social justice and political goals on the local, statewide and national levels in order to defend public education.

Calendar of Coming Events
9/17/20 High School Back To School Night
9/21/20-10/16/20 Open Enrollment for Benefits 
10/1/20 - 10/31/20 Sick Leave Bank enrollment
10/9/20- End of First Quarter
10/12/20- Professional Development Day
10/16/20-  End of First Trimester