So we don't have to compromise!
Build a powerful member-driven union!
Fight to save quality education and our careers at PCC!
Join in solidarity with other unions and communities to change the world!
The Unite for a Future Caucus brings together PCCFFAP members who share a common vision for change.
Our college faces compounding crises: Management is becoming bloated, heavy-handed and removed from the struggles of students and staff. Enrollment is falling, administration is penny-pinching, staff are left out of key decision-making, and students are left with less support and more debts.
On top of the crises in our own institution, our society is reeling from decades of corporate greed, widespread injustice and an unraveling climate.
Together we can build a future at PCC. And alongside our fellow workers across the labor movement, we can fight for a better world everywhere. It's time to be bold and get organized. Educators around the country are defending our profession and our schools. We need to use every tool available to us – including the threat of a strike – to build a better college and a better world.
We're strong when we're together!
Faculty and Academic Professionals from across the college are coming together within the Unite for a Future Caucus. We formed in 2021, after some of us participated in a study group. While reading Democracy is Power and “Strike for Sunshine,” we began to connect the dots between the widespread sense of existential crisis at PCC and the broader cascade of crises we face as a society. And we identified corporate capitalism - from budget cuts, to the erosion of the public sphere, to prioritizing private profit over the common good - as the root cause of both. To fight for a better PCC and a better world, we need a strong, democratic and fighting labor movement. So how do we get from here to there? We decided to build a reform caucus.
A caucus is a group of union members with a common vision, working together to transform their union.
Workers all over the labor movement have been forming caucuses to fight for more democratic and powerful unions. We’re inspired by the Chicago teachers within the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators (CORE), who are “united by the principles of member-driven unionism, transparency & accountability, equitable high quality education for all students, defense of publicly funded public education, a strong contract, and anti-racism.” CORE didn’t just transform their union, they reimagined the labor movement as a struggle for working class communities in the broadest terms. They’ve won class size protections, bilingual education, COLA raises, raises for paraprofessionals and COVID safety arrangements. They’ve even fought for housing for unhoused students!
The Unite For A Future Caucus is fighting for a better PCC and a better world. Join us! We’re strongest together!
Image source: https://rampantmag.com/2022/05/core-the-rise-and-resolve-of-ctus-fighting-caucus/
KBOO Labor Radio: PCC Faculty Reformers Contest for Union Leadership
Alexandra Bradbury, Mark Brenner and Jane Slaughter, Secrets of a Successful Organizer
Joe Burns, Class Struggle Unionism
Mike Parker and Martha Gruelle, Democracy is Power
Kate Aronoff et. al., “Strike for Sunshine”
PCCFFAP Presidential Candidate Forum (May 2022)
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