Dear California College of the Arts Faculty Member:
The faculty at the Laguna College of Art + Design are behind you 100% as you work to form your union at CCA. We recently voted “yes” to form our union with SEIU/Adjunct Action and whole-heartedly urge you join us in this exciting movement to raise standards for our colleagues and our students.
As art instructors, we face many of the same challenges: having to teach at multiple schools or holding second jobs to make ends meet, not knowing from semester to semester if we will be employed, trying to balance our love for teaching with frustrations from a lack of institutional support. In order to address many of the factors that stem from our exclusion from the academic community at LCAD, we agreed that joining together would give us the resources and strength needed to make substantial, long-lasting change.
By staying united and working hard to make sure that all our colleagues at LCAD were informed and engaged every step of the way, we were able to win. We are now preparing to bargain with our administration as equals, to win a contract that will give faculty at LCAD better self-determination, protection and job security.
We are excited that faculty at CCA are taking the same steps we did to join the growing national movement who are standing up and claiming a voice for quality education.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Your colleagues at LCAD are standing with you!
Laguna College of Art + Design Organizing Committee
Serena Potter, Foundations/Fine Art Department
Marshall Vandruff, Animation Department
Carolin Peters, Foundations/Fine Art Department
Robin Hextrum, Liberal Arts Department