Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, AFT Local 1521 Backs Osborn for Assembly

November 15th, 2011

Osborn Scores Endorsement from Largest Local Union of Community College Faculty in California

SANTA MONICA, CA- The Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 1521, today endorsed veteran non-profit leader Torie Osborn in her bid to fill California’s vacant new 50th Assembly seat.

“Los Angeles community college faculty teachers are proud to join K-12 classroom teachers in supporting Torie Osborn for Assembly,” said Joanne Waddell, President of Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, AFT Local 1521. “Her willingness to stand up and fight for important causes that benefit the greater good of society has greatly impressed us, and has demonstrated that she has the leadership skills necessary to bring much needed reforms and investments to our education system. Torie shares our priority of keeping the doors open for community college students and providing more opportunities for them to achieve their goals of higher education.”

“California’s education system is at a critical crossroads,” said Osborn. “We can either move forward by refocusing our energy and priorities into rebuilding and fully funding our education system; or, we can remain stagnant by continuing to cut funding for our schools, increasing class sizes, laying off more teachers, increasing tuition costs for our students, all of which will ultimately result in what amounts to a robbing of our state’s most important resource—our children’s futures.”

Osborn added, “I taught at community colleges in the 70’s, and I know the many challenges and rewards that come with the job. It’s one of the many reasons that I am absolutely honored to have the support of the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, AFT Local 1521, and I plan on working with them to develop creative solutions on how we can reprioritize education and get it back on top of the legislature’s fix-it list, and off of the chopping block.”

The Los Angeles College Faculty Guild is the exclusive bargaining agent for full-time and adjunct faculty working in the nine community colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District. The Guild has represented the district’s faculty since the beginning of collective bargaining in California’s community colleges in 1977, and is the largest local union of community college faculty in California.

Just last week Osborn announced the support of Teamsters Joint Council 42 and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT). She’s also picked up endorsements from the California Nurses Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 18, along with several other high profile leaders.

To view Torie’s entire list of endorsements, please click here: www.TorieOsborn.com.


Osborn is acclaimed for her pioneering leadership as an executive at several nonprofit organizations, including the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center – both of which are located in the new 50th Assembly District – as well as United Way of Greater LA. Osborn also served as a senior policy advisor on homelessness, poverty and economic development to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She is currently a senior strategist for California Calls, a network of 25 organizations throughout the state committed to commonsense governance reform.

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