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.