CFA Spring Kickoff highlights contract, budget issues

Greater participation in the union, a strong push for a fair contract, and advocacy for more state funding for the CSU were the top issues addressed at CFA’s spring kickoff.

More than 150 CFA officers, leaders, activists and staff attended the two-day conference, held in Los Angeles.

The first day, the sessions examined ways to take action on the need for more state funding for the CSU and to show support for the CFA Bargaining Team, which is negotiating with CSU management on the current faculty contract, set to expire June 30.

On Saturday morning, there was a joint gathering of three CFA councils — the Chapter Presidents’ Council, the Council for Affirmative Action and the Lecturer’s Council. They heard a presentation by CFA President Lillian Taiz on techniques in organizing union action after which they each held a meeting on their respective work this spring.

Cecil Canton, chair of the Council for Affirmative Action and CFA Associate VP-Affirmative Action, said, “All of our councils bring necessary perspectives that make our union work stronger. For example, in the CAA, we are developing consciousness raising workshops for faculty hiring committees that will ensure the CSU is effective in diverse hiring of well-qualified faculty throughout our 23 campuses.”

Associate VP-Lecturers North Jonathan Karpf reported, “The Lecturer’s Council discussed proposals that would improve the working conditions of Lecturers, as well as what Lecturers can do this Spring to support the Bargaining Team in negotiating a fair contract for all faculty.”

Send a message to your legislators—the CSU is a state priority

You can join in the spring kickoff action. Make sure that your state Assembly and Senate representatives know that they should make investment in the CSU a top state funding priority.

If you already have sent an email, please share this link with your colleagues and campus community.