Prop. 55, more succeed thanks to faculty, students’ hard work

Faculty and students committed over 3,000 hours of political action supporting Proposition 55 and CFA-endorsed candidates this election season, contributing to victory for the ballot measure and ensuring that there will be education and labor-friendly allies for us to work with in state government.

Hundreds of CFA members from San Diego to Humboldt and at all CSUs between participated in the months-long push to educate voters about Prop 55 and our endorsed candidates. Click here to view a photo gallery of CFA’s “Get Out the Vote” efforts.

Under Prop 55, public K-12 schools and community colleges will receive an estimated $4 billion to $9 billion in annually. If 55 had not passed, the CSU could have lost an estimated $250 million in state funding each year.

Results of many statewide races are still being tallied—click here to view the status of races on the California Secretary of State’s website—but support for our candidates abounded in the days leading into the Nov. 8 election.

Faculty walked precincts and phone banked for candidates in highly-contested races, including Jane Kim’s bid for the state Senate and Bill Dodd for Senate District 3. On Saturday, Kim was joined by CFA President Jennifer Eagan and actor, director and San Francisco State Alum Danny Glover (pictured), along with faculty and CFA staff. Despite best efforts, Kim did not secure the seat.

Faculty and staff also poured hours of precinct walking and phone banking for Dodd, who won the 3rd District seat, which includes Solano and Napa counties, along with portions of Yolo, Sacramento, Sonoma and Contra Costa counties.

Other CFA-endorsed propositions also succeeded on Tuesday. Propositions that passed included 56, 57, 58, and 63.

Unfortunately, California missed its opportunity to abolish the death penalty, as Prop 62 failed and 66 passed.

To all of you who dedicated hours of your time to helping our political action efforts, a big congratulations. Your hard work was key to protecting quality public higher education. And to all who voted on Nov. 8, thank you for making your voice heard.

“While the outcome of the presidential election has left many of us in the CSU shaken, the work CFA has been doing is improving California for us all, and CFA remains committed to organizing to ensure a better future for our students, colleagues, university and country,” said Jennifer Eagan, President of CFA.

“If the outcome of this election has motivated you to work even harder for public higher education, working families, and social and racial justice, your union is a good place to start. CFA is the place where you can make a difference,” she wrote in an email to members.

Click here to get in touch with your campus CFA chapter today.