Take Legislative Action! In-district lobby visits offer opportunity for faculty to communicate CFA priorities to legislators

Faculty activists are beginning to meet with legislators to talk about CFA’s sponsored bills and advocate for state budget funding that includes enrollment growth, tenure-track hiring, and increased mental health counseling for students.   

CFA members from San Francisco State, Cal State LA, Cal State San Bernardino, and Cal State East Bay have met with legislators in their home districts. Most campuses will be conducting visits throughout the months of March and April prior to CFA’s Lobby Days in Sacramento scheduled for April 29-30.

In-district lobbying visits are especially important because it offers lawmakers a chance to hear from faculty who live in the communities they represent.

“Each of us is an expert about our experience, so telling stories about our working conditions and our student’s learning conditions can powerfully convey this to state legislators,” said Ron Hayduk, Political Action Chair at CFA’s San Francisco State Chapter.

“In our recent meeting with Senator Weiner, we emphasized how our stories were not unique; instead, we represent the tens of thousands of CFA members and the hundreds of thousands of CSU students who have similar experiences, and how our budget request and legislative agenda can ensure that the CSUs deliver a high quality education for all.”

Faculty are speaking to legislators about the importance of supporting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to increase funding for the CSU this fiscal year. CFA is calling for a 2 percent enrollment growth by headcount, which would increase access to thousands of qualified students, $35 million to hire new tenure-track faculty throughout the CSU, and for $20 million to increase mental health counselor-to-student ratios to appropriate levels.

The meetings also are a chance to talk to legislators about supporting our CFA sponsored legislation, including AB 1460, AB 392, AB 930, AB 418, and SB 660. Click here to read more about these bills.

Faculty, if you can help advocate for the CSU by participating in one or more of your campus’ CFA in-district lobby visits with local legislators, please fill out this form online or get in touch with your chapter today!