Part-timers are sticking with their unions
How will teachers be protected and defended, if not for their UNION?
How will teachers best be able to serve our students, if not for our UNION?
How will the economic and political environment throughout the State and the Nation come to support and serve teachers, if not for their UNION?
For Students. For teachers. UNION.
Adjunct Faculty United Local 6106 California Federation of Teachers AFL/CIO
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Thank you Judi !
Many thanks to Judi McDuff, our Executive Director, who has served admirably in that position since 2008 but is no longer with AdFac. Many of you have met or spoken with her during the 20 years she was active with AdFac.
Adjunct Faculty United was the first Part-Time only local to have an Executive Director in the State of California. We welcomed Judi McDuff to the ranks of Executive Director effective January 1, 2008. Judi had six years of experience with AFT in the Community College Organizing Project, working directly with AdFac’s founder, Linda Cushing, and served as AdFac’s Professional Staff Person for a year-and-half before accepting the position of Executive Director. While working for AFT, she helped establish local unions at Citrus, Cerritos, Victor Valley, Santa Clarita, and several others.
She served on our Negotiations Team for many years. She attended CFT conventions and ULI Summer programs, participated in rallies and demonstrations for adjuncts, membership drives, coordinated volunteers and was particularly helpful in problem-solving with any adjuncts she encountered. She was editor of AdFacts, our award-winning newsletter, since 2008. She worked closely with the Treasurer, and she developed a positive relationship with the media.
Judi was formerly a non-credit part-time faculty member in this district. She attended LA Trade-Tech College Labor Studies Program and studied Grievances for college credit with Lou Zigman. She holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Penn State.
Judi was a great asset to our E-Board and our local. We will miss her. We wish her well in whatever the future holds.
Tonya Cobb - President
Happy New Year!
My name is Tonya Cobb and I am honored to be your new president. I have been very involved in the work of the union over the past several years and I look forward to continuing the work of advocating for part-timers in NOCCCD.
I’ve been married to my husband, Nigel, for more than 25 years. He is a manager at a flavor company. We have two children. Marcus is a senior at Northern Arizona University and Tyler (“Ty”) is a junior at Eastern New Mexico University.
I began my community college teaching career at Cypress College in 2012. I soon found that I wanted to get involved and support part-timers–somehow. In 2014, I was elected to two positions: vice president of the union and academic senator. I have also been a part of several shared governance committees, negotiations, and grievance work–all while working at least two (part-time) jobs. So, I am keenly aware of the academic, professional, and workplace matters that affect part-timers. Formerly, I was in adult education where I also advocated for part-timers.
Adjunct Faculty United is the largest part-time only union in the state. This brings certain inherent and unique challenges that cannot be discounted; however, those challenges can be overcome with your involvement and support. I hope to cultivate new leaders as we move our agenda forward. I also hope to close our contract during this negotiations cycle, and build our membership to at least 80%.
Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events, communications, and how you can help us as we move our agenda forward.
In remembrance of Sam
We are sad to announce the passing of our local’s past president, Sam Russo.
Sam was one of the core group who helped establish our local, Adjunct Faculty United. He
was President of our local for 12 years, and served on the Negotiations Team for a number of
years. He retired from the local in May 2015.
He also served for ten years on the Executive Council of the CFT. While on that council, he
served on the Legal Defense Fund Committee. For six years, he was Chair of the CFT Part-
time Faculty Committee. He also served two years on the AFT Higher Education Program
and Policy Council as well as the Academic Staffing Crisis Committee of the PPC. And he
attended AFT ULI when it was still held at UC Santa Cruz.
Prior to his work with Adjunct Faculty United, he served on the negotiating team of the El
Camino College Federation of Teachers and was a vice president of the ECCFT. He also was
an official delegate to 13 CFT Conventions.
Sam taught at Cypress College for 27 years, and at El Camino College for 23 years. His wife, Barbara, who was both
secretary and adjunct professor at Cypress College, served on the AdFac Executive Board as Secretary.
Sam was known for his wit and sense of humor. He was extremely dedicated to and passionate about part-timers and our
union. When speaking about our local, he once said:
“Our first contract was one of the best in the state, and we have made significant progress in terms of compensation,
health benefits, rehire rights, and the grievance process, but we still have a long way to go.”
Many thanks to Sam for all he did for AdFac and for CFT. He will be greatly missed by all of us, but especially those
who knew and worked with him for so many years.
Services will be held 9am Saturday, May 11, at Memory Garden Memorial Park in Brea.
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