Prez Sez – December 2022

By Paul Fong This has been an eventful year for the Retiree Chapter. We hired an attorney to look at the bylaws of the RBOA group that handles the retiree health benefits of those hired before 1982. The attorney even provided some pro bono hours for his service. We have submitted the attorney’s findings to […]

Retirement Board Report

By Patrick Butler The RBOA (Retirement Board of Authority) consists of three management positions, three members appointed by the CSEA, and three appointed by AFT 6157, who are Jessica Breheny, David Yancey, and yours truly, Patrick Butler. There are also staff members who are paid by the RBOA Trust to serve that committee in its […]

Walking for the Best Candidates to Serve as SJECCD Trustees

Canvassing for Buu Thai (front row third from left) and for Tony Alexander (front row on right) Ron is wearing the purple SJCC t-shirt.

by Ronald Levesque The least well-known or scrutinized candidates on the local ballot might be ones running to serve as a community college trustee. Some may be running unopposed and are, of course, elected. For those of us who have worked on a campus such as Evergreen Valley College or San Jose City College, the […]

Celebrating 15 Years!

By Ron Levesque The Retiree Chapter, AFT 6157R, was officially chartered on December 1, 2007.  On December 1, 2022,  AFT 6157 celebrated the 15th Anniversary of our Retiree Chapter, AFT 6157R.  Executive Director Phil Hu presented a plaque to our board.  It reads: “AFT 6157 thanks you for 15 years of dedication to our retired […]

Introducing Kathy Jasper

Hello Fellow Retirees: I am looking forward to serving as the secretary on AFT6157-R’s Executive Board.  After retiring last December, I joined our local AFT Retiree group to work on issues that affect particularly part-timers, and to enjoy social activities with likeminded people.  One part timer issue is the Windfall Elimination Program (WEP) and Government […]

Legislative Update on Retirement Issues

By Kathy Jasper Earlier this year, I became aware of the California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) when its representatives were invited by our AFT 6157 Executive Director Phil Hu to make a presentation, which I attended.  CalRTA’s mission is to protect and advocate for retired and active educators’ pensions and other retirement benefits and to […]

Prez Sez – Summer 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.

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 […]

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 […]