California Labor to “Fight for Five” with CFA

It is no secret to faculty in the California State University that we are the People’s University that makes sure working Californians have access to a four-year college degree for themselves and their children.

Union leaders and members across organized labor understand that, and they plan to turnout on Nov. 17 to stand with CFA.

Art Pulaski, leader the California State Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, will speak to the trustees on Tuesday morning and join faculty at the noontime rally.

In a powerful letter to Chancellor White, Pulaski makes the poignant point, “How can we expect them [faculty] to inspire students to achieve the American Dream when they can’t even attain it for themselves?”

California Teachers Association Vice President, Theresa Montaño, will stand with CFA early Tuesday morning to explain to the news media why teachers from pre-school to university across California and the nation are standing up for better treatment for teachers and better policies in the schools.

The Orange County Employees Association and the Long Beach Professional Firefighters will show their solidarity with a BBQ lunch for faculty rallying outside the Chancellor’s office. California Professional Firefighters President, Lou Paulson, will address the need for the CSU to fund CSU faculty and classrooms for the future of California.

Hundreds of members of the Service Employees International Union, many from SEIU Local 2015, will join in the demonstration.

Members of the California Nurses Association will be out in force staffing first-aid stations throughout the day. 

Also, the California School Employees Association, California State University Employees Union, UNITE HERE, United Food & Commercial Workers, Communication Workers of America, and others will be out in solidarity with CSU faculty. The Los Angeles County and the Orange County Labor Federations will both have a strong presence throughout the day.