CFA Headlines • January 7, 2014

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Bargaining for next faculty contract underway

The CFA and CSU management bargaining teams met in December to launch talks for the next faculty contract. At the two-day session, the CFA team rolled out some of its initial proposals in areas including workload and compensation.

Andy Merrifield who chairs the CFA Bargaining Team said the tone of the session was “cordial, productive and professional.” He added, “At this first session, we took some small steps. There is much more to come.”

The sides are scheduled to meet again this Thursday and Friday, Jan. 9 and 10. The current contract expires this coming June 30.


Two ways you can show support for the CFA Bargaining Team

There are always ways that CSU faculty members can demonstrate our support for our CFA Bargaining Team. Right now, here are two ideas:

PUT UP A ‘FAIR CONTRACT’ SIGN. Your campus CFA chapter has attractive signs available to post on your office door or bulletin board. Contact your chapter


Crisis Guide 5.0 for Lecturers on the CFA web site

Have you or a Lecturer you know been told there is no more work for you at the CSU? If so, the updated CFA Crisis Guide 5.0 may help.

The CFA Lecturers Council, which developed the Guide, writes in the introduction, “We hope (it) provides information and resources.”

Among other topics, the Guide takes up your rights under the faculty contract, your medical benefits, and your right to unemployment benefits as well as how to pursue those benefits.


Faculty Rights Tip of the Week
Lecturers & work assignments during the year

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

FACULTY RIGHTS TIP:  Lecturers & Work Assignment During the Year (12.29b)

At the beginning of each new term during the academic year the teaching assignments for Lecturers are often in flux until the last minute. It can be a challenging time for both Lecturers and department chairs.


National Media take up the trouble with MOOCs


The latest issue of the American Federation of Teacher’s “On Campus” magazine is themed “MOOC Disrupters: Can faculty ensure massive open, online courses ensure quality and opportunity?” 

It includes evaluations of how well—or not—MOOCs are serving students and a version of the CFHE paper on the MOOC money trail to profits, among many other articles.


Links of the week • Jan. 7, 2014

Higher Education’s Big (Data) Bang

The use of Big Data could unlock as much as $5 trillion in economic value a year, and it’s falling on colleges and universities to ensure such a boon happens. —eCampus News

Raising the Bar on Faculty