In Other News

FIRST OF THREE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WEBINARS COMPLETED, STILL CHANCE TO SIGN UP: Today, CFA members took part in the first of three unemployment benefits webinars.

Over the past month, leaders prepared and updated the presentation to include information on COVID-19 benefits.  Contingent faculty are entitled to unemployment benefits while they are not under contract.  CFA member Antonio Gallo led Wednesday afternoon’s first workshop, which was filled to the 500-person capacity.  Gallo will lead the two remaining workshops – Thursday evening and June 2 – as well.  

These webinars will review eligibility, and how to apply for, collect, and maintain unemployment.  Advance registration is required to attend – see registration links below. Participation is limited so please register for only one webinar.

CFA SPRING ELECTION RESULTS:  CFA members elected Jennifer Eagan as American Association of University Professors Representative, North and Tammy Lau to the CFA Audit Committee.  Eagan teaches at CSU East Bay and Lau is a librarian at Fresno State.  Thank you to Eagan and Lau for serving and for members who voted in the Spring Election.

CFA RETIREMENT TOWN HALL MAY 4:  Anyone nearing retirement, or seriously considering it, is invited to a Preparing for Retirement Virtual Town Hall webinar May 4 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. It’s an opportunity to get virtually all of your questions answered about retirement from CalPERS, Social Security, enrollment in Medicare, buying back service credit, and more. The town hall will be presented by Jonathan Karpf, retired CFA activist and benefits expert.  Register here.

MAY DAY CELEBRATES WORKERS:  On Friday, people across the globe will be commemorating International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day.  The annual holiday – dedicated to the struggles of the working class – has taken on additional relevance this year as workers across all industries face economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19.  International Workers’ Day is an opportunity to remember all the rights and protections unions have fought for such as the 8-hour work day, paid sick time, and retirement plans. It’s also a time to acknowledge that we continue that progress today for a healthy, safe, fully employed, thriving middle class.  Join in actions across the state. Activists in San Francisco are holding a May Day Caravan Friday to lobby for canceling rent, mortgage, and utility payments and demand an end to homelessness. A May Day coalition of labor, immigrants’ rights, and social justice warriors in southern California is holding a lobby day Friday.