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CFA Headlines August 6, 2013

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CFA & CSU holds first “reopener” bargaining session

In July CFA met for three days with CSU management on the salary and benefits sections of the current faculty contract.

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CFA to kick off fall term with meeting this weekend

CFA members from across the state will gather in Sacramento this weekend to set a course for the 2013/14 academic year.

This year’s kickoff event will focus largely on revving up activists to continue growing our numbers through member recruitment, while at the same time beginning to lay the groundwork for contract bargaining in 2014 and beyond.

Friday’s events will be followed on Saturday by working meetings of CFA’s Council for Affirmative Action and Lecturers’ Council, as well as training for new chapter leaders.

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San José suspends Udacity experiment

On July 19 San José State announced it had suspended a highly touted collaboration with online provider Udacity to offer low-cost, for-credit online courses after finding that more than half of the students failed to pass the classes.

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Senate Bill 520 to outsource student learning on hold

Darryl Steinberg

A controversial bill to pass off thousands of course sections in public universities to nontraditional providers of instruction—some of them for-profit or unaccredited—has been set aside for 2013.

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Important news on healthcare premiums

Healthcare

There are a number of important developments taking place with regard to faculty (and all state worker) health benefits that require your attention:

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Faculty rights tip of the week: Weingarten Rights

Weingarten Rights

This is a new feature for the CFA Headlines. CFA will regularly run a brief “faculty rights tip” or short information piece about the faculty contract.

WEINGARTEN RIGHTS

Have you ever been called in to a meeting with a campus administrator and, once in that meeting, realized that they were conducting an investigation or asking questions that could result in discipline or affect your personal working conditions?

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Links of the week

CSU chief financial officer to retire; opponents say he leaves under cloud of mismanagement
A newly released audit revealed questionable travel expenses in the department overseen by the outgoing chief financial officer and executive vice chancellor for the California State University system. – Long Beach Press-Telegram