Campus CFA Faculty meetings show what it takes to build union power

The energy is good at CFA Faculty meetings taking place on CSU campuses around the state.

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CFA Associate Vice President Rafael Gómez said of the meeting on Monday at his own Monterey Bay campus that, “It was very gratifying to see that our chapter is a place where colleagues come to look for kindred spirits who will work to find answers and support about the many professional challenges we face every day.”

At meetings to date at Sacramento, Fresno, San Bernardino, Channel Islands, and Stanislaus in addition to Monterey Bay, faculty leaders who have bargained past contracts spoke with faculty about how the union works for good contracts, increased CSU funding, and fairness for faculty, as well as policies that help our students succeed.

“In these meetings, members are talking about how CFA has built power in the past and what we need to do to continue fighting for the necessary funding in the 2019-20 state budget while we also advocate for the proper spending of the money we already secured this year and we build towards bargaining our next contract,” explains CFA President Jennifer Eagan.

Gómez points out, though, that it’s not only about contracts and budgets. He says the meeting “was a dialogue about the story of us as an organization. I became aware that we have accomplished so much because we pay attention to building and maintaining relationships with colleagues, students, and allies and because we are part of a larger labor movement.”

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PHOTO: The Monterey Bay CFA Chapter’s welcome table was ready just before faculty began to arrive for their faculty meeting on Monday.