CFA HEADLINES ∙ December 10, 2013

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Bargaining update from CFA
Dec. 13, 2013

Last week, the CFA bargaining team made a number of proposals to the CSU in the areas of workload, compensation and stability. These proposals come directly from the survey conducted this fall. CFA also has received one proposal from the CSU, and we spent some time inquiring about its purpose.

Negotiators are representing the senior faculty, pre-tenured faculty, lecturers, counselors, coaches and librarians who are covered by the contract, which is set to expire June 30, 2014.

Negotiations between CFA and CSU were positive compared to past years.


Audit of CSU Extended Education released

The California State Auditor today released its report on the California State University’s Extended Education, which calls into question supplanting and some campuses possible failure to document their adherence to laws, policies and procedures.

The auditor analyzed total state-supported and self-supported courses, sections and student seats for three CSU campuses – CSU Long Beach, CSU Sacramento and San Jose State University –  over a span of five fiscal years, as well as CSU’s Office of the Chancellor.


Problem! ‘Pay-free’ work leads to CFA chapter grievance at Cal State LA

Every year at Cal State Los Angeles, course catalogs go to students offering instructional supervision on master projects, independent studies and similar one-on-one course work. Students sign up, pay their fees, get the instruction, and earn units required for graduation. Nothing unusual there.


Affordable Care Act impact explained

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in the news a lot lately, mainly focusing on technical issues with the federal website and the upcoming Dec. 23 deadline for Americans to enroll in plans.  While most faculty members and their families qualify for healthcare coverage, some individuals who have very part-time appointments do not.


Former CFA intern making strides in Detroit

Former CFA intern Kayla Mason, now director of an organization of Detroit youth tackling political and social issues, was recently featured in Michigan Nightlight, an online resource site for those improving the lives of children in the state.


Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Sick leave

This weekly CFA Headlines feature offers a brief “Faculty Rights Tip” or short information piece about the faculty contract.

Did you know that in addition to taking sick leave for your own medical issues, you may take sick leave when a member of an immediate family member has a medical issue? The definition of immediate family includes a number of people in your family and is set out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Links of the week

San Jose’s MOOC busters heralded among Higher Ed’s ‘most influential’ of 2013
San Jose State philosophy department members were listed among the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 10 most influential people for their efforts in calling out Massive Open Online Courses in an open letter to university executives, governor and legislature of California and MOOC providers and advocates. – The Chronicle of Higher Education