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CFA President to Chancellor: “Faculty disappointed”

In a letter to CSU Chancellor Timothy White this week, CFA President Lillian Taiz told him CSU faculty feel “anger and disappointment” at his response to faculty’s living and working conditions.

Taiz said his and other CSU managers’ reactions to CFA’s Race to the Bottom white papers “demonstrated a shocking level of insensitivity to the economic conditions of the very people who have sacrificed so much for the university over the last decade during good times and bad.”

The white papers find a clear downward trend in faculty pay and in the number of permanent teaching jobs—causing growing numbers of faculty to fall out of the middle class—while managers’ pay and jobs increase.

The data show that while the CSU needs more funding to fulfill its mission to teach students, the conditions of the faculty result from specific management decisions and not because of the recession and state funding cuts.

The most recent paper, “Losing Ground & Losing Faith,” recounts the personal and professional toll faculty are experiencing from eroding purchasing power and a sharp increase in the proportion of teaching jobs offered on a temporary basis.

Taiz wrote White that these faculty “hoped that by sharing their stories, you and the rest of your administration would understand the toll the policies of your predecessor took on the teaching workforce in the CSU.”

She wrote, “Everything in the CSU is NOT rosy.”

Chancellor White offered a reply in which he called on everyone to lobby the state legislature for more state funding. For the record, CFA supports more state funding for the CSU. But, that is not the point—what the CSU’s leaders do with the money is the issue.

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