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CFA JOINS LABOR UNIONS ACROSS COUNRY IN CONDEMNATION OF THE MURDERS OF AHMAUD ARBERY AND BREONNA TAYLOR: At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, a young Black man from Georgia and a young Black woman from Louisville were brutally murdered. These acts are sparking outrage nationwide. On Feb. 23, Ahmaud Arbery, 25, went out for a routine run in a neighborhood in Glynn County, Ga. when he was stopped by two white men, Greg McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael. Arbery was fatally shot twice in his chest. It took until May 7 before the McMichaels were arrested.

On March 13, Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot eight times by the Louisville Police Department after they barged into her home in the middle of the night. She was an essential worker, according to Vox: an EMT and an aspiring nurse.

Groups like the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) are condemning these violent murders and are demanding a full investigation into these crimes and want true justice for Ahmaud and Breonna.

CFA, too, is in full solidarity in calling for Justice for Ahmaud and Breonna.

“The Council for Racial and Social Justice recently sponsored an Equity Conference thematically organized to help us ‘Connect for Co-Liberation’ as we work to promote anti-racism and social justice in the CSU and CFA and to protect faculty from discrimination and oppression.  In keeping with this orientation, we express solidarity with the API and Latino labor groups that spoke out recently to condemn the murders of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery,” said Sharon Elise, CFA Associate Vice President of Racial and Social Justice – South. “Now more than ever, we must come together as we confront the myriad ways that the pandemic and responses to it deepen existing racial and social injustice.  Our very lives are at stake and, in the words of Audre Lorde, ‘we cannot live without our lives.’”

CFA OFFERS SOLIDARITY, SUPPORT FOR FELLOW HIGHER ED UNION: CFA offered its support this week to UC-AFT, a union that represents non-senate faculty and librarians of the University of California system. Like we are with the CSU, UC-AFT is currently bargaining with the UC.

CFA supports UC-AFT in its following demands: 1) hire back current UC-AFT faculty whose short-term contracts expire June 30; 2) issue those appointments months in advance so faculty have time to prepare to teach high quality classes; 3) zero layoffs of continuing (career) UC-AFT faculty; 4) guarantee sufficient supplies and resources — and reimbursement of out of pocket costs for those UC faculty bought on their own dime; 5) do not compel anyone who is immunocompromised (or has health risks) or safety concerns to be physically present on campus; and 6) acquire adequate PPE, properly disinfect all facilities disinfecting, and test all campus workers.

You can read our full statement of support here.

OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS TUESDAY FOR FREE AND DISCOUNTED INSURANCE BENEFITS: CFA is expanding member benefits!  These benefits are offered to members to provide extra financial protection, and is one of the many perks to being a member of CFA.  The window to enroll in these programs begins Tuesday, May 26 and runs through June 19.

CFA already provides complementary Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance through MetLife for CFA active members at no cost; members are enrolled when they sign up for membership, but they do need to assign beneficiaries during open enrollment. The complimentary life insurance provides a $2,000 benefit to loved ones in the event of a member’s death.  The AD&D insurance pays up to $5,000 in benefits to the member or loved ones in the event of a member’s serious injury or death. 

On top of these free benefits, members can also purchase additional life insurance, as well as hospital indemnity, critical illness, and 24-hour accident insurance. Open enrollment will be the only chance in 2020 to sign up for these additional insurance programs.  For more information on these insurances, check our member insurance webpage to see past member emails and benefit fact sheets!

Open enrollment begins Tuesday, May 26, and runs through June 19, 2020.  During this period, members can assign beneficiaries for the two free insurances (life and AD&D), as well as enroll and purchase the extra insurance programs.  Members can do so via phone or online, and benefit coaches will be able to review programs, benefits, eligibility, and cost.  Enrollment instructions will be rolled out as we get closer to May 26.  Members can schedule an appointment with a benefit coach by visiting https://CFA.AppointmentNavigator.com or calling 1-877-277-7476.