Campus ‘Unity Break’ gathers union support for fire victims

The Capitol CFA Chapter at Sacramento State gathered with other campus CSU unions in Library Quad last Thursday (Nov. 29) for a “Unity Break” to collect donations for victims of wild fires.

“It was a big success!” says Nicki Mehta, CFA Membership & Organizing Chair. “We are well aware that the victims include faculty, staff and students at CSU Chico, so we are grateful for the support.”

Despite pouring rain that day, more than 40 people brought items. It was the third Unity Break this semester, organized by the campus Central Labor Council, which in addition to CFA includes the CSU Employees Union, Academic Professionals of California, Teamsters Local 2010, and the Union of American Physicians and Dentists.

Another collection will happen Thursday (12/6) at the University President’s Holiday Luncheon for faculty and staff, and then the donations will be delivered to Chico on Saturday.

CFA realizes that rebuilding in Butte County where CSU Chico is located is a long-term project, and intends to work with the campus Central Labor Council to promote more donation drives in the Spring.

CFA members at other campuses may contact the Capitol CFA Chapter to learn about ways you can help, even from afar.

PHOTO: Capitol CFA Chapter President Margarita Berta-Ávila (standing 7th from right), Nicki Mehta (4th from right), and CFA Field Representative Jessica Lawless (3rd from right) participated in the Unity Break for Fire Victims along with other faculty and staff including Sacramento State CSUEU President Barbara Coulombe (6th from left).