In Other News…

TIME TO SPEAK UP: CFA activists will be at the CalPERS Board meeting on Monday, June 17 to urge the board to divest from private prisons running ICE detention centers.

CFA delegates passed a resolution in April at our 89th Assembly calling on CalPERS to divest from CoreCivic and the GEO Group, which run the largest family detention centers in the country and are engaged in human rights abuses. Of CalPERS’ $360 billion in investments, $11.4 million is invested in CoreCivic and GEO Group.

CSU faculty are state employees; therefore many have pensions that are managed and administered by CalPERS.

CFA, along with a coalition of allies, is calling for CalPERS to divest from private prisons and all other funds linked to the prison industry.

Monday’s meeting can be viewed via CalPERS’ YouTube channel.

INTERRUPTING RACISM, PORTLAND EDITION: Faculty and CFA staff presented our anti-racism workshop on a national stage at a recent National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE).

The conference drew more than 7,000 students, faculty, and staff from across the country to Portland, where CFA hosted a workshop titled “How to interrupt racism on your campus. Let’s stop it!”

“t was really important for CSU faculty and staff, one of the largest and most diverse higher education systems in the US, to represent and showcase our efforts to fight racism,” said Aparna Sinha, an Assistant Professor at Maritime Academy who was among the CFA activists leading the workshop. “Our workshop produced a wonderful discussion and encouraged participants to go back home with tools to fight racism at their respective institutions.”

The workshop is one of several that CFA has developed in recent years in an effort to expand and deeply center our anti-racism and social justice transformation as a union. Click here to learn more.

RAISES ON THE HORIZON: Faculty salaries will see a boost in July thanks an agreement CFA secured as part of a contract extension.

CFA successfully negotiated the deal as part of that agreement with the CSU, which includes a 2.5 percent raise for all faculty on July 1. The raises will be included in August paychecks.

Click here to read more about the coming raises, and CFA’s recent defense of faculty rights regarding academic freedom and intellectual property.