Prez Sez – Winter 2022

This is my second year as president of the retirees of the AFT- 6157. It is indeed an honor to be the president, following our great leader and founder Bill Jacobs. It is in his legacy that I serve as the president of the retirees.

A History of District Medical Benefits for Retired Staff

After the Rodda Act passed in 1976, allowing our faculty to bargain “wages, hours and working conditions”, I organized a campaign to obtain the signatures of at least 1/2 of our district’s 800+ full- and part-time (as they were called then) faculty.

Alice Gosak: Global Citizen

The teaching career of Alice Gosak in English as a Second Language, spanning the years 1980 – 2006, gifted San Jose City College with an experienced multiculturalist, who was deeply sensitive to the experiences and needs of our immigrant students.

Interview with the Author – Walt Soellner

Walter Soellner, the novelist, whose latest book is ‘How Soon the Flowers Fall’, announces its release date: May 18th, 2022. He says, “It’s a comfort to have book four now in print, with only the fifth book in my five-book series yet to finish writing.

Guess Who I Met on the Way to the Beach

Hawaii, the enchanting islands, is always a wonderful place to visit. For my birthday (no numbers please!) my daughter Anna gave me 2 tickets to Hawaii. Wife Sandra and I landed in Honolulu on Oahu for a 10-day visit.

Russ Fischer:  In Memoriam 

SJCC Library lost one of its most effective academic leaders in 2002 when Russ Fischer retired after 36 years. This past March Russ Fischer died a few weeks after his wife Ruth had died. Russ was 86.

President’s Column – December 2021

Kudos to the negotiating team and leadership of AFT 6157, our main union, on your achievements in the recent round of bargaining, especially for securing dedicated funding for associate faculty pay parity, and for stronger SRP (seniority rehire preference) protections. When I was elected to my second term as union president in 2018, I said […]

First Annual Survey about Health Benefits for Pre-1982 Hires

By Ronald Levesque During October one particular retiree group was invited to complete a health insurance survey. Retirees who were hired before September 7, 1982 receive medical insurance through the District for themselves and a spouse. This group is unique in having this benefit, which was negotiated in a collective bargaining agreement, the last time […]

The Early History of Our Union

By Patrick Butler Before The Rodda Act was passed in 1976, faculty were forbidden from forming unions, and representatives of the Academic Senate of San Jose Junior College (as it was called then) met directly with the Governing Board and college administration to set salaries and teaching loads. The day-to-day operation of the college and […]

SJCC Celebrates 100 Years

By Alice Gosak San Jose City College’s Centennial was marked by two events during September. On Monday, September 13, a morning event was held on campus while classes were in session. The timing explained the absence of faculty and classified staff from the program. Dignitaries from the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County […]