CFA Headlines • December 2, 2015

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The Fight for Five: We’ll be “Seeing Red” in 2016

When school resumes after the holidays—just about a month from now at the CSU’s six quarter campuses— the Fight for Five will continue, too.

And, as Elaine Newman, president of the Sonoma State CFA Chapter, wrote in an opinion article in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat this week, “We don’t want to strike, but we will if we have to.”

In early January, it is likely that the statutory negotiations process still will be underway (see the next item in CFA Headlines).


Factfinding underway: Final stage in negotiations under HEERA

Last week, the CFA Bargaining Team and the Chancellor’s representatives began the process of factfinding. 


Labor, education leaders call on CSU Chancellor White to settle faculty contract

Leaders of national education organizations have sent letters to CSU Chancellor White calling on him to settle the faculty contract and provide the salaries we need to support both our families and a quality education for our students.

Here are selections and click on the links to view the full text:

Mary Kay Henry, International President
Service Employees International Union (SEIU):


22 campus Academic Senates call for more open searches for CSU campus presidents

The CSU currently seeks new presidents for five campuses—Channel Islands, Chico, San José State, Sonoma, and Stanislaus—and 22 of the CSU campus Academic Senates are calling for a return to more open, transparent hiring processes.

Over the past several years, the hiring process has moved behind closed doors, to the point that candidates do not even meet with faculty, staff, or students in an open setting.

Academic Senate chair Steven Filling commented:


Jobs with Justice San Francisco reports on threats to the future of public higher education

Last month, Job with Justice in San Francisco held a public hearing on faculty working conditions and student learning conditions at City College of San Francisco, San Francisco Art Institute, and San Francisco State University.


AAUP-California Annual Conference at San Diego State in February

CFA’s Fight for Five, says AAUP’s First Vice President, Hank Reichman, fits closely in the theme of this year’s California AAUP conference, “AAUP and the Battle for Quality Higher Education in an Era of Corporatization.”

Reichman adds AAUP’s California Conference “stands with CFA and the faculty in the California State University system in the ‘Fight for Five.’” 

The conference will be held at San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 20.


Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Lecturer Reappointment and Careful Consideration

Through collective bargaining, Lecturers in the CSU have won the important right to periodic evaluations of their work and “careful consideration” for reappointment. Under Article 12.7 of our collective bargaining agreement, a department (or equivalent unit) has the contractual obligation to give “careful consideration” to all Lecturers who apply for subsequent employment.


Links of the Week

Cal State students paying more for less
Opinion by Jennifer Muir, GM of the Orange County Employees Association. “These are the issues behind the recent California Faculty Association action at the CSU chancellor’s office in Long Beach….”