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NEWSOM SIGNS COVID-19 PAID LEAVE BILL FOR CA WORKERS: On March 20, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 95, a supplemental COVID-19 paid sick leave law. The new law gives many Californian workers access to two weeks of paid sick leave, backdated to Jan. 1, 2021. To see a breakdown of the law and what it could mean for you, click here. CFA applauds the state legislature and the Governor for trying to provide relief for Californians and our members, while the CSU continues to push aside COVID-19 relief for Unit 3 faculty. The relief officially takes effect on March 29 and CFA will have further details soon. Our campaign for expanded COVID-19 relief through the CSU continues in order to make CSU leadership care about parents and caregivers like the state does.

CFA SUPPORTS UNIONIZING AMAZON WORKERS: The California Faculty Association supports all warehouse workers for Amazon, and we rise in solidarity with the 5,800 Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, who are undergoing a union vote amidst the online retailer’s anti-union activities. CFA condemns Amazon’s deplorable treatment of the predominately Black warehouse workers in Bessemer, its mistreatment of warehouse and delivery drivers throughout the world, and its union-busting tactics. CFA believes that we all deserve a voice at work, access to good jobs that pay living wages, and a safe work place free from dehumanizing conditions, including racism, sexism, and all forms of discrimination. When workers are unionized, we achieve those goals, rebalance our economy, and strengthen our democracy. Read CFA’s full solidarity statement here.

WATCH CFA’S EQUITY WEEK: Sessions from CFA’s 2021 Equity Week are now on our YouTube channel and our website. With the theme of Connecting for Co-Liberation, speakers focused on our need to reckon with America’s violence against Blacks and the country’s systems of racism, sexism, and trans- and LGBTQIA-phobia before we can heal and tackle these challenges.

President Charles Toombs and Associate Vice Presidents Sharon Elise and Margarita Berta-Ávila framed the week’s sessions by discussing CFA’s work in disrupting and interrupting racist and unjust systems in the CSU, and validating the experiences of faculty and students of color. Also, watch sessions from liberator Rev. angel Kyodo Williams; Dr. Fania Davis, a national leader on restorative justice; racial equity scholar Dr. Shaun Harper; acclaimed author of There There Tommy Orange; and activist and public intellectual Dr. Loretta Ross.

TAX DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 17: The federal and California income tax filing due dates for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, to May 17. The extended deadlines are meant to give individuals extra time to get their returns filed and pay any taxes for a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic created financial chaos for many of us. Find guidance on the new federal deadline here and California’s new Tax Day here

CFA TO HOST RETIREMENT WEBINAR April 15 & 16: Have questions about the three CalPERS pension tiers? Medical and dental benefits for life? Best time to begin drawing Social Security? Six different retirement options? Medicare? CFA has you covered.

CFA will again be offering two retirement webinars this spring – April 15 and 16 – provided by CFA retirement specialist Jonathan Karpf. The webinars are designed for both tenure-track and lecturer faculty, including coaching, librarian, and counselor faculty either planning to retire in the next year or so, or who simply have questions regarding CFA’s CalPERS pensions. 

Advanced registration is required. To register, click here. Both online events will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Download the Retirement FAQ prior to attending either webinar.