CFA HEADLINES • January 29, 2020


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CFA Presents Initial Bargaining Proposals to Management

CFA President Charles Toombs and CFA Vice President and Bargaining Team Chair Kevin Wehr gave formal notice to CSU management yesterday of our intent to initiate the collective bargaining process. This happened at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach, where both sides submitted what are also known as “sunshine” proposals.


Faculty to CSU Board: Advocate for Funding the System Needs

CFA Associate Vice Presidents Meghan O’Donnell (Lecturers, North) and Chris Cox (Racial and Social Justice, North) addressed the CSU Board of Trustees Finance Committee Tuesday, urging the administration to join with CFA to advocate for a budget that will fund the CSU system’s real needs.  Last year, the Legislature passed and Governor signed a budget that exceeded the request that the Trustees submitted, largely thanks to the strong advocacy from the CSU’s constituent groups – faculty, students, and staff – who refuse to be silent about the budgetary challenges our university experiences.


Join the Council for Racial and Social Justice at the 2020 Equity Conference

CFA Headlines caught up with John Beynon to talk about the Equity Conference, a biennial conference that will take place for the ninth time on Feb. 28 and 29. Beynon is a Professor of English and Vice President of the Fresno CFA chapter. This is his first time serving as Co-Chair of the CFA Equity Conference.


In Other News…

HONOR DR. KING’S LEGACY, SUPPORT ETHNIC STUDIES REQUIREMENT: AB 1460, authored by Assembly Member Dr. Shirley Weber, would require all CSU students to complete a course in ethnic studies to graduate. Thanks to the extensive advocacy by CFA members – including testimony at hearings and lobby visits to legislators – it passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee (5-2) last week. CFA is sponsoring the bill because a three-unit ethnic studies course requirement allows students to learn, often first hand, about the customs, history and traditions of the various racial and ethnic groups that make up our state.  This learning is vital, especially in a state as diverse as California. 


Faculty Rights Tip: The FERP and PRTB Programs

Our Faculty Contract provides two programs for tenured faculty who are close to retirement. Article 29 covers the provisions for the Faculty Early Retirement (FERP) program and Article 30 covers the Pre-Retirement Reduction in Time Base (PRTB) program.


Links of the Week

A quick fix is unlikely for California colleges’ capacity woes
Education Drive
California faces a fairly unique problem: Its colleges and universities are quickly filling up and are beginning to struggle to educate everyone who is eligible to enroll there.