CFA marches & rallies on the way to lobby at the Capitol for a fair contract

Faculty and students marched in Sacramento on Wednesday en route to the CSU Chancellor’s Government Relations Office.

There CFA dropped a banner that read “Going on Strike!” off the side of the building, to the delight of news cameras and the crowd.

They chanted and sang the CFA version of “Which Side Are You On?” drawing onlookers from inside the building and earning supportive honks from passing motorists.

The marchers continued to the south steps of the State Capitol for a rally, where lawmakers told the crowd of about 200 faculty and student lobbyists that they support faculty in our Fight for Five.

They promised to help secure additional funding for the CSU, but that it should be spent on the classrooms, not the board rooms.

Assembly Member Jose Medina: “I’m here to say I’m with you… The roads and bridges are in disrepair. We all can see them as we drive down the highway. But what we don’t see is higher education. And it’s broken…. We need to make sure that the funding we gave last year makes it to the classroom.”

The comment was a reference to the extra $97 million the legislature budgeted for the CSU in this year’s state budget. That funding above Gov. Brown’s initial funding plan for the CSU was secured after vigorous lobbying by CSU faculty last year.

Past SEIU Secretary-Treasurer, Eliseo Medina, a union leader who marched with Cesar Chavez:  “The heart of the university is not in Long Beach. It’s in the classroom…. Like Cesar Chavez taught us, united, nothing is impossible… We will never give up, we’ll never give in. Chancellor White, do the right thing. Legislature, put your money where your mouth is. If you want a great state, you must invest in a great state.”

Toni Atkins, Assembly Member and immediate past Speaker: “The CSU has been successful because of the work YOU have done,” she said, and added, “I know you don’t want to strike, but we have to do what we have to do to get this done, and I’m with you every step of the way. It is time that we reinvest in people who invest in our kids, and that is you.”

Other rally speakers included Assembly Members Evan Low and Kevin McCarthy, who has issued a statement of support. Earlier this week, CFA  received a letter of support from State Senator Lois Wolk.

See other elected officials who support the Faculty’s Fight for Five