In Other News…

ARTISTIC ADVOCACY: It was paint and strike prep in Oakland this past weekend as Oakland Education Association members called for a strike authorization vote and held an art build to prep banners, posters, and signs.

CFA activists joined Oakland teachers, students, community members, and labor allies to make art that could be used in the potential strike. The huge banners and handmade fabric posters that resulted are not only beautiful, but instantly signal to the community what the issues are at stake.

“It was a truly inspiring weekend to see the commitment and dedication of so many bay area K-12 colleagues,” said Lillian Taiz, who chairs CFA’s Legislative and Political Action Committee. Her daughter, Kampala Taiz-Rancifer, is a teacher in the Oakland Unified School District and also leads OEA’s Member Engagement committee.

OEA’s four-day strike authorization vote will start Jan. 29.

SOLIDARITY FOR SCIENCE (WORKERS): San José CFA Chapter leaders Chris Cox and Jonathan Karpf rallied in support of federal workers on furlough from the NASA Ames facility in Mountain View. Scientists, researchers and janitors held a rally last weekend chanting “We want to work!”

“It was great to see workers from all sorts of backgrounds—scientists, engineers, maintenance workers—standing up for their rights and for fair treatment by the federal government”,” Cox said.

Along with CFA, multiple union organizations participated, including the International Federation of Professional & Technical Employees and SEIU.

ACLU TESTS CFA-SPONSORED TRANSPARENCY LAW REGARDING POLICE KILLINGS: The American Civil Liberties Union has made its first Public Records Act requests regarding police shootings under a new transparency law that was sponsored by CFA and other organizations.

The new law, SB 1421, went into effect in California on Jan. 1. It makes public previously secret information about officers who shoot, kill, or engage in serious misconduct like falsifying evidence or committing sexual assault while on the job.

Among the eight requests is one regarding the death of Oscar Grant, which was widely protested and is the subject of the film Fruitvale Station. He was killed by a BART police officer on January 1, 2009.

Click here to view the records act request.

WRIGHT STATE ON STRIKE: After two years of contract talks, faculty at Wright State University in Ohio went on strike Jan. 22.

Faculty organized through the campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors were bargaining over a range of issues very familiar to CSU faculty— teaching workloads, administration’s demands to weaken job security and shared governance, and stagnant salaries.

Wright faculty realize that these demands would weaken the quality of the education they can deliver. As AAUP- Wright State U tweeted, “Educators are not walking out on your children. They are walking out FOR your children!”

Meanwhile, the campus president told the Dayton Daily News that administrators will attempt to keep classes going by shifting them online or using “substitutes.”

CFA activists: Please sign a petition of support for our AAUP-Wright State University colleagues and share the link with others.