Gov. Brown signs legislation regarding release time for CSU union members

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday, Sept. 24, signed CFA-sponsored legislation requiring the California State University system to grant release time to faculty and staff who are union members and are involved in leadership activities of an affiliated union.

AB 2294, authored by Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), is the second legislative success for CFA this session. A CFA-sponsored bill authored by Assembly Member Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) to stop supplanting in the CSU, AB 716, also was signed into law. Supplanting, as clarified by AB 716, is the process of moving state-supported courses students need to graduate out of the regular state university and into Extended Education, where students pay more and faculty are paid less.

Susan Green, CFA Treasurer and a director on the California Teachers Association Board of Directors, said AB 2294 puts CSU faculty and staff “on equal footing with our K-12 and community college colleagues.”

“The law gives us statutory parity, and sets in place a clear process for release time for union members within the CSU system,” Green said in a CFA news statement. “We appreciate Assembly Member Gomez being a champion for CSU union members, and for the Legislature and Gov. Brown recognizing the need to pass this important legislation.”

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