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CFA Support Bills to Strengthen Union, Democratic Institutions

We continue to await the preliminary results of the unionization vote of thousands of Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Ala. Not only does CFA support the drive to unionize, but so do a majority of Americans, according to a new poll by Data for Progress. As the counting happens, CFA is excited to release to its members a list of proposed union-related bills that we support this year.

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CFA TO HOST RETIREMENT WEBINARS April 15 & 16: Have questions about the three CalPERS pension tiers? Medical and dental benefits for life? Best time to begin drawing Social Security? Six different retirement options? Medicare? CFA has you covered. 

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CFA Members Address Trustees, Chancellor on Bargaining, Repopulation, Racial Justice, and More

Bargaining, campus repopulation plans, racism and social justice, and mental health resources were at the top of CFA’s agenda for the March CSU Board of Trustees meeting.

Several CFA leaders called on CSU management and Trustees to include stakeholder groups like faculty, students, and staff as CSU and campus management develop plans for resuming some in-person instruction and services for fall and to address systemic racial and social justice shortcomings within the nation’s largest public higher education system. 

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CFA Supports Law Enforcement Reform Bills

Throughout the coming weeks, CFA will introduce members to various proposed legislation that CFA either supports or is closely watching.

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NEWSOM SIGNS COVID-19 PAID LEAVE BILL FOR WORKERS: Governor Gavin Newsom stepped up for faculty when CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro would not. This month, Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 95, a supplemental COVID-19 paid sick leave law.

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CFA United in Work against Anti-Asian Violence

The California Faculty Association (CFA) Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans Caucus (APIDA) and statewide officers continue to be nauseated after more than a years’ worth of increased hateful, racist anti-Asian rhetoric and violent countrywide physical assaults against Asian Americans, which culminated last week in the deplorable murders of eight Atlanta-area victims, six of whom were Asian women.

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CSU Leadership Rejects CFA’s Anti-Racism, Structural Change Proposals

As the country mourned the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, then-Chancellor Timothy White issued a statement to the CSU community called A Call For Unity and Understanding.

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NEWSOM SIGNS COVID-19 PAID LEAVE BILL FOR CA WORKERS: On March 20, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 95, a supplemental COVID-19 paid sick leave law. The new law gives many Californian workers access to two weeks of paid sick leave, backdated to Jan. 1, 2021.

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CFA Statement of Solidarity with Amazon Workers Voting to Unionize

The California Faculty Association supports all warehouse workers for Amazon, and we rise in solidarity with the 5,800 Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, who are undergoing a union vote amidst the online retailer’s anti-union activities. CFA condemns Amazon’s deplorable treatment of the predominately Black warehouse workers in Bessemer, its mistreatment of warehouse and delivery drivers throughout the world, and its union-busting tactics. CFA is united with our union siblings in the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

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Equity Week Calls for Reckoning with America’s Violence and Racism

More than 500 faculty and students attended last week’s virtual 2021 Equity Conference, learning how we can connect for co-liberation. Though speakers presented on a variety of topics, most touched on our need to reckon with America’s violence against Blacks and the country’s systems of racism, sexism, and trans- and LGBTQIA-phobia before we can heal and solve these challenges.

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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.