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CFA Agrees to Two-Month Extension to Current Contract; Bargaining Continues

Last month, members of the CFA Bargaining Team successfully secured a two-month extension of our current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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Gov. Newsom Signs, Seals, Delivers on Increased CSU Funding

A seemingly odd budget year that trickled into mid-July is nearly over.

Governor Newsom signed the state’s main budget bill, Assembly Bill 128, on June 28, but negotiations continued between the Governor and Legislature, forcing a delay in the signing of the full budget.

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CFA: NO on Wasteful Recall

The past year has demonstrated that putting science and medicine at the forefront of response to the pandemic helped California out of the worst health crisis in a century.  Our activists and leaders have worked tirelessly to protect our most vulnerable Californians, increasing wages paid for sick leave and crafting important statutes that will protect our health, safety, and voting rights.

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Remembering June Pollak, Founding President of CFA

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Paulina June Salz Pollak, a long-time educator at CSU Fullerton, a higher education advocate, and founding president of the California Faculty Association.

After the passage of the State Employer Relations Act of 1978 in the state, June Pollak helped lead a unionization effort of Unit 3 faculty, with the then-known as Congress of Faculty Associations winning a close election in 1982. Our union’s name subsequently was changed to California Faculty Association, with Pollak becoming CFA’s first president.

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Meet Your CFA Bargaining Team Series Concludes

As negotiations progress on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for the CSU’s 29,000 faculty, we continue to meet members of the CFA Bargaining Team. Over the past five weeks, CFA has shared narratives of nearly every Bargaining Team member, their goals for a new contract, and how faculty members can support their union.

In our series finale, we highlight Loren Cannon, Sharon Elise, Richard Francisco, and Molly Talcott as the four share their goals and expectations this year.

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CFA Members Highlight Resiliency, Dedication of Students and Faculty at Board of Trustees Meeting

Most of last week’s CSU Board of Trustees meeting was a quiet affair, but many students, faculty, and community members used the public comment period to relay urgent appeals to Trustees, covering topics from COVID-19 to contract bargaining to fossil fuel divestment.

CFA members marked a second end of a school year under COVID-19 restrictions, praising the durability and persistence of faculty, students, and staff during the devastating pandemic.

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In Other News…

CFA CELEBRATES PRIDE MONTH: CFA will join other union, social justice, and community groups over the month of June celebrating Pride Month and the 52nd anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which sparked movements for the liberation of LGBTQIA+ peoples around the world.

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CFA to CSU: Do Right, Respect Faculty with Earned Salary Increases

Rights. Respect. Justice. Throughout bargaining CFA has made it a point to emphasize how our union intends to further rights, respect, and justice for all faculty at the CSU.

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Meet More of Your CFA Bargaining Team

As negotiations progress on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for the CSU’s 29,000 faculty, we continue to meet members of the CFA Bargaining Team.  We’ll be highlighting a few members each week for the rest of the term.

This week, Margarita Berta-Ávila, Jennifer Eagen, Antonio Gallo, and Kelly Janousek share their goals for bargaining and their thoughts on CSU management’s proposals.

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Governor’s May Revise Restores CSU Budget Cut, Increases Base Funding by 5 Percent for Next Year

California is in an extremely fortunate position with a historic $75.7 billion budget surplus and last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom showed true leadership with a reinvestment of surplus dollars directly into communities that sorely need the funds.

In his May Revise to the proposed 2021-22 state budget, the Governor announced policies that align with our advocacy for our faculty as well as significantly reinvest in the CSU.

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CFA Bargaining Updates

Go to CFAbargaining.org for the latest on negotiations, CFA and CSU proposals, and hot topics.

Members can also meet the CFA Bargaining Team and learn how to support our efforts at the table.

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CFA Disaster Relief Fund
There are also disaster relief funds available directly through CFA and displaced members should contact CFA directly for further information.

Members of the California Faculty Association who are affected by the fires are eligible to apply for disaster relief funding through the SEIU Disaster Relief Fund. The fund is maintained by affiliated local unions from across the country, including CFA, to help union members experiencing hardship resulting from a natural disaster. Eligibility requirements can be viewed on the SEIU Disaster Relief Fund website (see above). You can access the application here.

There are also disaster relief funds available directly through CFA and displaced members should contact CFA directly for further information.

The California Faculty Association recognizes that many of our union members suffer financial hardships as a result of natural disasters in our state. The CFA Board of Directors has set aside limited financial resources to provide support to members who have experienced hardship as a result of disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. The goal of this fund is not to replace insurance or governmental assistance, but to provide a supplemental reimbursement for those unusual costs which often stretch our budgets.

Available Assistance

Eligible members can receive two types of assistance up to the maximum amount(s):

  • Housing Assistance: cost of temporary housing or repair to existing housing. Maximum assistance amount: $500 per CFA member
  • Other Needs Assistance: costs of disaster related expenses and serious needs including medical and dental expenses, funeral and burial costs, repair or replacement of household items such as clothing, furniture, necessary occupational tools and educational materials, costs for clean-up, excess utility costs, and other disaster related expenditures. Maximum assistance amount: $1,000 per CFA member

No single member shall receive more than $1,500 in assistance (per incident). Members sharing living quarters or otherwise sharing financial responsibility for each other shall be limited to a maximum of $2,000 per household and must submit forms separately.

Eligibility Requirements

Membership: The CFA membership office will verify you are a member in good standing. A “member of good standing” means you have been a dues paying CFA member for a minimum of six months in the last two years.The months of membership do not need to be consecutive.

Incurred Loss: Your current or previous residence must have been located in a California city or county affected by the disaster during the last twelve (12) months and any losses claimed should have been caused by the natural disaster or its immediate consequences.

Documentation: Actual receipts or other 3rd party documentation for the amounts being requested must be provided to document an actual expense. This may include service orders for repairs completed, rent statements, cancelled checks, or other statements from vendors and service providers.

All documentation should include a name, address, and phone number for the service provider or retailer, who must actually receive payment from you for the service or item.

(For example: we cannot reimburse for repairs performed by a neighbor or family member even if they provide you with an “invoice” for the value of the repairs unless you actually paid cash for the service.)

Application Instructions

Complete the application and submit and if you have any questions Email to: membership@calfac.org

COVID-19 Resources
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COVID-19 and CFA

COVID-19, or the coronavirus, is challenging our university communities.  At CFA, our tenure-line faculty, lecturer faculty, librarians, counselors and coaches are not alone.  We are stronger together.


Visit CFA’s COVID-19 resources pages to see our updates to faculty, pertinent contract provisions, mutual aid, helpful links, and more.