Welcome to 2024

We have been through a serious pandemic followed by a year of bargaining a new contract. In February we ratified a new contract and our updated Bylaws. The Bylaws are attached here. You can find the contract as well as a synopsis of the new contract on the Contract tab.

We are now in the midst of a New Member Drive. If you can help us sign up new members, please contact any of your officers for details. If you would like to be a member, you can go to www.lcft.org and click on Join Now.

We are also preparing to elect officers for our Council. We will be electing President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and 5 Delegates to the Delegate Assembly of Local 504. Look for more information as the election approaches.

Randi Weingarten Letter to Local 504 Members

Randi Weingarten recently sent a letter to all members of Lake County Federation of Teachers (LCFT) to alert you to an investigation of our Local 504.  This investigation included an audit of our finances, which found some areas for improvement, which the Local has been addressing.  The efforts of the local to change the processes did not satisfy the complaint made by Local 504’s Treasurer and the President and the Grievance Chair of the Warren Council who initiated the investigation.  The complainants asked that our Local be placed under a trusteeship where the AFT will effectively take over the Local.  The hearing this week will determine if AFT will take over the Local.

Our Council, CLC-AFO, is in sound financial shape as you saw at our meeting in August. We have completely transparent records and all expenditures as well as our budget are approved by the membership.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  In the meantime, we will keep you posted on the progress of this ongoing process.

CLC – Employee COVID-19 Self-Certification & Verification

Dear Members of CLC-AFO, 
Yesterday (Thursday, 7/29) at 7:45 pm, the College sent an email titled “Compliance Deadline Reminder”.  The directions will take you to a link where you can read a form entitled, “Employee COVID-19 Self-Certification and Verification (Custom)”.  
Please know that our Union was not consulted about this form/requirement before CLC sent that email.   
The College asks that you read the form and click the box indicating your agreement.  The initial view of the form indicates that it is “Past due” but later on shows that it is not due until August 14.
I am asking you to WAIT!!  Please do not check that box yet. Please give me a chance to research the implications of checking that box.    I promise to get back to you before August 10. (which is well before the due date of August 14). 
I am sure some of you will have read the form and checked the box already.  Rest assured, I will research this from both sides and get that information also. 

Thank you.

Karen Florian, President CLC-AFO

New Decade – New Beginnings – New Challenges

As we begin this new decade, we have an exciting new contract, which you can see on the CONTRACT tab.  Many of your questions will be answered there, but as always, reach out to us if you have any questions.  Contact information is on the CONTACT US tab.

We begin this new year with new officers, Karen Florian, Erik Solomon, Lynette Thornburgh and Jessica Hoth.  Please reach out to us if you have any questions or issues.  We are here to help you in any way we can.

As we begin this new year, our Professional Development Committee (created by the new contract) is busy working on defining the various provisions of the professional development requirements as outlined in the contract. This work is to be completed by early summer and we will communicate the results to you then as well as at our fall in-service.

Our major challenge is the COVID19 virus and its impact on the delivery of our classes to our students.  At this time, we can use our creativity and empathy to ensure that our students continue to get the best possible educational experience. We have the ability to look at things from a different point of view, keep a positive can-do attitude and use the ideas and expertise of our peers to make this happen.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or issues, please let us know.