CFA Assembly engages, encourages union activists

Building power for faculty, learning to interrupt racism, and supporting fellow educators facing strikes were among the focal points of CFA’s 88th Assembly, held Oct. 19-21.

The weekend of unionism and activity began Friday as CFA committees and caucuses met to discuss important issues facing faculty. In the afternoon, CFA activists deepened the commitment to our anti-racism and social justice transformation by participating in a comprehensive workshop focused on the roots of racism and what we can do to interrupt it.

The good work continued into the afternoon as Students for Quality Education led “Trans 101,” a workshop on trans/gender nonconforming identities and issues, and CFA’s Membership & Organizing Committee led “Let’s Connect,” a workshop focused on building power and member  engagement through active listening.

On Saturday, Assembly delegates came together to learn about the campus faculty meetings that are underway now, efforts to encourage Justice for David Josiah Lawson, and heard a panel discussion of challenges facing United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) and Oakland Educators Association (OEA). Both unions are immersed in contract campaigns and face potential strikes.

“As faculty, we know all too well the heavy lift a contract campaign can be, but we also know how critical it can be to securing gains for educators who for years, have been doing more with less,” said Theresa Montaño, a Chicana/o Studies professor at CSU Northridge and Vice President of the California Teachers Association. “Being able to hear how our K-12 colleagues are tackling their contract fight was truly interesting and uplifting. We stand with them, and are prepared to help them.”

Assembly delegates passed two resolutions in support of UTLA and OEA’s contract campaigns, which are available here.

The Assembly also passed a resolution calling for resolution in the murder of David Josiah Lawson, a Humboldt State sophomore who was killed at a party near campus on April 15, 2017.

The three-day Assembly also included a meeting of CFA’s Board of Directors, where revisions to the representation policy were improved to better reflect our work and commitment to anti-racism and social justice principles.

Want to learn more about our union and work?

Be sure to attend the Fall Faculty Meeting on your campus. CFA chapters on each campus are hosting meetings to explore how we all can help build power to win for faculty, students, and the CSU.

CFA chapters holding upcoming meetings include Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Maritime, San Luis Obispo, San Marcos, and Sonoma.

Click here to see a listing of meetings by campus.