The letter (July 14) asking who in the Coast Community College District represents the community, the students and the non-union instructors really rattled my cage, as Dear Abby is wont to say.
Obviously the Board of Trustees was elected by and represents the community, including students and teachers in the district. And obviously the local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, the legally elected bargaining agent, represents district faculty, including those who do not pay dues. Other bodies, such as the academic senates and the student councils, offer teachers and students opportunities to participate in the ongoing work of the district.
How disheartening and insulting it must be for teachers and other district employees to read in The Times a letter impugning the motives and questioning the integrity of their professional organization, their administrators and their Board of Trustees.