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2021 Chapter Candidate Statements

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Following are candidate statements for the UCLA Chapter Executive Board and the UCLA Chapter Council Representatives. In accordance with the UCLA Chapter Bylaws, uncontested E-Board positions are elected "by acclamation" (no vote required). Council Representatives shall be elected in a formal vote beginning Monday, July 19. Check your email for your ballot.

Unit 17 Co-Chairperson: Rebecca Fordon

Unit 18 Co-Chairperson: John Branstetter
I'm a 5th year lecturer in the political science department. I've been president of the UCLA chapter for the last year, and I'm eager to continue. I've been active in the statewide organization as a former chair of the escalation committee, and I currently work with the contract campaign committee. In the coming year, I hope to continue to build connections between the board and the organizing work going on among librarians and lecturers across campus.

Vice Chairperson: Rahul Neuman
I have been a Lecturer at UCLA in the Herb Alpert School of Music since 2011. I became a member of the Contract Action Team (CAT) network in the Fall of 2020 and a CAT Lead soon thereafter. Though I am a relatively new CAT member I have had a great experience recruiting current members, encouraging them to take part in negotiations and the various actions we have had over the past year. I helped organize and participated in many actions. I have become quite passionate about this campaign and the work in general, a passion fueled by the conversations and stories I've heard from so many committed teachers and organizers.

Secretary: vacant

Unit 18 Bargaining Unit Delegate: Karl Lisovsky
I served this chapter as a Unit 18 representative for a number of years before becoming its president from 2017 to 2020. I have recruited many lecturers into membership in our Union, have helped organize actions, spoken at a few, and overall care deeply about this work. I have attended and voted at Council meetings (under the rules of the previous constitution), so this role would be familiar to me. I value the trust that the membership has put in me in my previous positions, and will continue to earn that trust.

Unit 17 Bargaining Unit Delegate: Rachel Green
I am a Faculty Services Librarian at the law school, where I conduct legal research for our faculty members and teach research skills to students. I first became involved in the union when I joined the Organizing Committee in 2018/2019 as a way to support our table team and contract action team when we were bargaining over our new contract. For the past two years, I have served as the Bargaining Unit Delegate on our local board and have also become involved in statewide union work. I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with librarians and lecturers across UCLA and the other UC campuses, and I hope to continue serving and supporting our union in this position for another year!

Non-Represented Member Delegate: Caroline Luce
I am a historian of labor and working-class history who curates digital public history projects for the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, so my commitment to solidarity and collective action runs deep. Even though I am not currently teaching, I have been honored to serve as the non-represented delegate to our Executive Board and the chair of the statewide Communications Committee since March 2019. I am thrilled by the strength we've built in that time and hope you'll elect me to continue my work on our contract campaign.

Member-at-Large: Darien Battle-Johnson
Darien Battle-Johnson: Darien received his BA from the University of Minnesota and his MFA from Brown University. He joined the UCLA Writing Programs in 2018. He has worked over the years as a professional journalist, actor, sales manager, small-business owner, Government account coordinator, bartender, and a master soft-serve ice cream cone maker. In all of these roles, he has understood the power of collective employee engagement. He has been proud to serve as a union Member-at-Large for AY 20-21 and looks forward to contributing more this coming school year to the mission of UC-AFT if re-elected.

Member-at-Large: Goetz Wolff
Goetz Wolff, continuing lecturer in Urban Planning, served as President of our local and helped lead the effort to transform our local, and the statewide UC-AFT, into an organizing union. Goetz continues to be active for our union in the Luskin School of Public Affairs as a site representative, and is currently an active e-board member serving as Member-at-Large. He also serves as an active member of our parent California union, CFT, as a continuing member of the statewide Labor and Climate Justice Education Committee. Goetz's long-term involvement with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO  (he had been its Research Director for six years) helps provide our local community with a bridge between UCLA UC-AFT and the larger Los Angeles labor movement. He regularly participates in member drives, union actions, and organizing events.

Member-at-Large: Xaviera Flores
Xaviera Flores is the Librarian and Archivist at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. She has worked in libraries since 2004 and for such institutions as the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Arizona State University, and Boston College. She has stewarded collections for Arizona AFL-CIO; United Steelworkers of America, Local 616 Clifton-Morenci; League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC); and other organizations advocating for labor rights, fair housing, better education, and civil rights for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. At UCLA, Flores works closely with community partners to break down barriers and provide the Chicano-Latino population access to and agency over their own cultural heritage.

 

The UCLA Chapter shall also elect two Council delegates to the statewide Council for 2-year terms. Candidates for this election (not by acclamation) are:

Council Rep: Karl Lisovsky
I served this chapter as a Unit 18 representative for a number of years before becoming its president from 2017 to 2020. I have recruited many lecturers into membership in our Union, have helped organize actions, spoken at a few, and overall care deeply about this work. I have attended and voted at Council meetings (under the rules of the previous constitution), so this role would be familiar to me. I value the trust that the membership has put in me in my previous positions, and will continue to earn that trust.

Council Rep: Rahul Neuman
I have been a Lecturer at UCLA in the Herb Alpert School of Music since 2011. I became a member of the Contract Action Team (CAT) network in the Fall of 2020 and a CAT Lead soon thereafter. Though I am a relatively new CAT member I have had a great experience recruiting current members, encouraging them to take part in negotiations and the various actions we have had over the past year. I helped organize and participated in many actions. I have become quite passionate about this campaign and the work in general, a passion fueled by the conversations and stories I've heard from so many committed teachers and organizers.