CFA Headlines • December 4, 2019

A Message from CFA President Charles Toombs:  Dear Colleagues, I want to wish a wonderful holiday season to all our members, and thank you for participating this past fall in crucial events such as campus bargaining meetings and unconscious bias workshops, working on faculty and lecturer rights, recruiting members, serving on chapter executive boards, and so many other things you do for CFA.

NOTE:  CFA Headlines goes on holiday hiatus after today, and will be back with you starting January, when, as always, there will be plenty to share.


Headlines to include


CSU Board of Trustees Meeting Day 2 Includes Student Protest Over New Quantitative Reasoning Requirement, Powerful Land Acknowledgement Action

November’s CSU Board of Trustees meeting sent us into the Thanksgiving break with a bang.


CFA Offers Feedback on CSU Chancellor Search

“We need a Chancellor who is devoted to public education and works tirelessly to secure state funding for the CSU. Our new Chancellor would know that rather than putting up more barriers to student access to the CSU (such as impaction, additional quantitative reasoning admission requirements, and suppressing enrollment), we need more state funding to fulfill the promise of four-year public higher education for all of California’s students.”


CFA Chapters Take Action on Behalf of Faculty and Students in November

The CFA chapter at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, pushed back against racism, and the CSU Los Angeles CFA chapter called for stronger campus leadership last month.

The Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, chapter is advocating on behalf of a member who CFA believes was racially profiled by University Police while on campus during the fall quarter.  Faculty at CSU Los Angeles are banding together with students over the administration’s shoddy handling of several mass shooting threats over the span of less than a month.


In Other News…

Bargaining Survey Results:  Thank you to the more than 7,000 CFA Members who responded to the Bargaining Survey!  Our contract expires June 30, and the feedback provided in the survey is instrumental in helping the Bargaining Team prepare for negotiations.  The team is tallying and analyzing responses – stay tuned for upcoming campus meetings to review results and next steps.


Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Emergency Leave

The Collective Bargaining Agreement provides for leave for faculty who need to take time off due to emergency situations. While several campuses closed operations in the past weeks, others stayed open. It’s important to know that regardless of your campus’s open/closed status, you’re entitled to paid leave if you need it. 


Links of the Week

Top state officials criticize Cal State math proposal, citing access concerns
LA Times
A controversial Cal State University proposal to require a fourth year of math-related coursework for admission came under robust questioning and at times harsh criticism Wednesday from top state educators and others who said it would unfairly block black and Latino students from the system with no guarantee that it would improve graduation rates.