Sharon Hendricks was recently elected as the Community College Representative to the California State Teachers Retirement Board. She also teaches in the Speech Department at Los Angeles City College and is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. Sharon Hendricks also serves as Retirement Liaison for members of the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild – AFT, Local 1521 and on the Retirement Committee of the California Federation of Teachers. She became interested in retirement issues when she realized that her pension alone would not be enough to provide the secure retirement she had hoped for. When she’s not reading pension blogs or the Financial Times, she likes playing tennis and hiking with her dog, Lucy in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles.
Labor topics Sharon can speak about
How and why did you become involved in the Labor Movement?
I was unaware that I was even in a union until someone met me at a meeting and saw some leadership potential in me and began mentoring me. Now I see how significant our union is in protecting the middle class.
What is the greatest challenge facing labor today? (You can cite your union as an example.)
Unions have not necessarily adapted with the times. Union leaders need to have succession plans for raising up the next generation of leaders who can navigate the changing political climate.
What can students do today to get involved in the Labor Movement? (Be specific.)
Get involved in a student intern program like the one the Guild sponsors and take advantage of opportunities to go lobby legislators in Sacramento. Build relationships with labor leaders you look up to and ask them if you can shadow them as they go about their union activities. Take classes, read and be politically engaged.
How can students and faculty connect with you? (I.e. a link to your website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)
Facebook and Linkedin