CCA brings them together
Many who have attended CCA Conferences have found great trainings. Michael Butros and Tracy Davis-Butros found each other.
That was almost 10 years ago, and both have maintained their marriage and their union activism. If anything, they say their union activity has only enhanced their relationship.
Who knew when the two first joined CCA, they would meet, fall in love and get married?
In truth, Butros and Davis initially met in 2004 when they became involved in the Victor Valley College Faculty Association. Tracy was soon elected treasurer and Michael joined her as secretary during the following election.
Tracy relates, “I was interested in him, but he was clueless.”
Isn’t that often the case?
Over the years, their friendship grew while both took on more responsibilities in their chapter and college. Tracy began serving on the Academic Senate while Michael continued with the union. Tracy began serving on the chapter’s negotiating team. Both were friends.
Their fate was tied, however, in 2006 during CCA’s Fall Conference in Burlingame. Tracy accompanied Michael on a BART ride to San Francisco to visit his sister.
“We couldn’t figure out how the ticket machine worked,” Michael recalls. He also recalls that’s when he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Tracy.
They married a year later. Tracy, a history and theater instructor, has continued to work within the Academic Senate and the CCA chapter. Michael, a math and physics instructor, took on more responsibilities in the union,
as chapter president, a delegate to CTA’s State Council, and a CCA board member and CCA Secretary. The Senate and Victor Valley College Faculty Association have each benefited from their involvement.
“The union and the Academic Senate is the closest it’s been in years,” said Tracy.
So, apparently, is their marriage.
“We’re in it for better or worse,” Butros chuckles. “I couldn’t do any better and she couldn’t do any worse.”