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CFA creates strike hardship fund for potential faculty strike

The CFA Board of Directors has created a strike hardship fund to help faculty who may be seriously affected by the loss of pay if CSU faculty strike in April.

While the fund cannot make up for all lost income due to the strike, it can provide some relief for CFA members facing dire and immediate hardship such as eviction or utility shutoff.

“We know that many of our members are living right at the edge of subsistence every month,” said CFA President Jen Eagan. “That’s part of why we are fighting for economic justice for faculty who are hurting.”

She said. “With this hardship fund, we want to honor and respect our colleagues who are taking the biggest financial risk during the strike. Out of solidarity and friendship, we want to help folks keep their heads above water if they lose pay during the strike.”  

In summary, to be eligible to receive funds an applicant must be an active CFA union member (not a fee payer) for six months or longer immediately prior to the strike, or be an active CFA member (not a fee payer) hired for the first time in the Winter/Spring term of the 2015-16 academic year.

The applicant must be able to demonstrate a dire and immediate financial hardship. If the member meets the criteria, the Hardship Fund Committee may distribute up to $100 per day for each day of pay the applicant was docked because of the strike, if the applicant is full time, and a pro-rated amount if less than full time. The Hardship Fund Committee shall consist of five emeritus CFA members chosen by CFA’s Board of Directors.

CFA is developing an application form that will be made available after the strike.

DONATE TO THE HARDSHIP FUND

CFA is soliciting funds from individuals and organizations who wish to contribute to the Hardship Fund. Contributions are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. 

  • Checks may be written to California Faculty Association, and earmarked for the “Strike Hardship Fund.” Mail to: CFA, 1110 K Street, Sacramento, CA  95814.
  • Credit card donations may be made through a Crowdwise fundraising site

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