CFA Headlines • August 24, 2016

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Coming to Your Campus Soon: Faculty meetings on bargaining the next contract & more

CFA Officers and Bargaining Team members are heading to all CSU Campuses for Faculty meetings sponsored by your campus CFA Chapter.

CFA urges members to attend, bring your questions, get up to date on developments over the summer, and learn what is coming next that can have an impact on our professions, our livelihoods, and our students.

The following are the meetings scheduled as of October 5.


Take Action! Call on State Senate to adopt & Gov to sign CFA-supported bill

As the California State Legislature nears its August 31 recess and deadline to act on new laws, a labor-sponsored bill, AB 2835, is under consideration—and it needs your support!


NLRB & Supreme Court rulings support union representation

Two important legal decisions became public this week, both strengthening the cause of union representation.

The California State Supreme Court declined to take up the latest challenge to teacher tenure rights. Teachers’ unions have argued there was no evidence showing that laws that protect teachers from arbitrary and politically motivated firings have damaged public education in California.


Important Notice for Faculty who use Blue Shield “NetValue” Health Plan

CalPERs recently notified the CSU Chancellor’s Office (and hopefully affected participants) that the Blue Shield “NetValue Plan” will be frozen to new enrollments effective September 1, 2016 and will end entirely on December 31, 2016. 


Now underway—Open enrollment for health care benefits

Faculty can take advantage of CalPERS’s open enrollment period—September 12 through October 7, 2016—to make changes in your employee health care benefits.

During open enrollment, CSU employees may elect to change from the health care plan you have now to another one offered by CalPERS. 

Click here to learn more about the CalPERS open enrollment period


Faculty Rights Tip: Lecturers & Canceled Classes

Here’s a timely tip for Lecturers who may be assigned to a class that gets canceled in the first few weeks of the term (from Article 12.5):

“… If a class is canceled prior to the third class meeting, the temporary employee shall be paid the portion of the term worked prior to the cancellation.


Links of the Week • August 24, 2016


Opinion: Secure Choice will help workers save
Sacramento Bee
AARP: There is no question that for millions of Californians, a crisis prohibits retirees from a secure future after decades in the workforce.