Greetings from Incoming Secretary Dan McElroy

Greetings fellow members of AFT6157-R: I have been elected to serve as Secretary of the chapter. Although I live too far away near Redding to attend meetings regularly near the campus, I am willing to do everything I can remotely through Zoom and e-mail. I have a wide range of experience both at SJCC and […]

Statement from AFT 6157 President Jessica Breheny

Statement (from August 2020) of then-candidate Jessica Breheny for election as President of AFT 6157: I have taught in the English department at SJCC for fourteen years. Union work has always been part of my academic and teaching career. I organized teaching assistants at UC Santa Cruz as a PhD student, served on the Hartnell […]

$$Money, Money Money$$

By Ron Levesque, Treasurer IRS Woes Befall AFT 6157-R On March 13, 2020, I received a startling letter from the IRS informing me that our tax-exempt status, (501(c)(5), had been automatically revoked by law, effective November 15, 2019. Our past had caught up with us, and just as the pandemic was bursting onto the scene. […]

Teaching and Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic

From Bill Jacobs’ column, you can imagine the great challenge to suddenly have to teach your class online less than two months into the semester. This is what teachers and students faced this spring. While some teachers may have adapted if they had taught online previously, many were not ready or even happy to have […]

SJCC Finds Its President; EVC May Be Close to Finding Theirs

The following press release from the SJECC District last November introduced everyone to the new president of San Jose City College, Dr. Rowena Tomaneng.  She began her job on January 6, 2020.  Read the announcement posted here to learn more about her. Meanwhile, Evergreen Valley College currently is led by Acting President Denise F. Noldon.  […]

Meet Phil Hu, New Executive Director of AFT 6157

Raised in a diplomatic family (similar to a military family), I traveled extensively as a child and experienced many cultures, perspectives, and languages. By the time I was nine, I had been on three continents and in seven countries. My itinerate upbringing bestowed in me a deep appreciation of diversity, a discerning ear for languages, […]

Building Community Via our Website

Working with consultant Susan Yuen, the Retiree Chapter has established our very own website, We wanted to get away from the intensive and paper-wasteful mailing we have conducted for over 10 years, and we wanted to communicate more directly and with immediacy with you our members. With the demise of our union award-winning newsletter, […]

College Presidents in Short Supply

As the fall semester gets underway, both San Jose City College and Evergreen Valley College have interim leadership. At SJCC, a hiring process is well underway to hire a full time president. Roland Montemayor has been Interim President for over a year. At EVC, as reported in a short announcement in the San Jose Mercury […]

EVC and Tesla

An August article in the San Jose Mercury News entitled, “Tesla, Evergreen Valley College partner to give students a START on their careers” describes a new partnership between the automaker and the college. Tesla’s START program has been established at EVC, which joins a unique group of six community colleges nationwide which have been selected […]