CFA Headlines ∙ March 18, 2014

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100-Day Contract Countdown starts this Sunday, March 23

This Sunday, March 23 marks 100 days until the faculty’s contract with the California State University expires on June 30. CFA will count down the days with activities on the campuses that bring greater public awareness to bargaining and to the issues before us. Large among these issues are salary and excessive work assignments.


Bargaining Update from the CFA Team

The CFA Bargaining Team met with the CSU management bargaining team for two days last week, Thursday and Friday, March 13 and 14 in Sacramento. The two central issues discussed were the faculty evaluation process introduced by the CSU management team, and compensation issues introduced by CFA.  


All-Faculty CFA meetings coming up at more campuses

Meetings coming up in the next two weeks include Fullerton this Weds March 19, Long Beach this Thursday March 20, The Maritime Academy next Tuesday March 25, and Northridge next Wednesday March 26.

Click here to see the complete listing of dates/times/places at these and other campuses.


Assembly Hearing on campus climate this Friday at San Jose

The State Assembly Committee on Campus Climate will hold the first of four public hearings this Friday, March 21 on the San Jose State campus from 12:30 to 3 pm at Morris Daily auditorium.


CFA Lobby Days to advocate for CSU funding & for students

Some 100 faculty, staff and students will be at the State Capitol April 1-2 to advocate for the funding the CSU needs and for two bills that would protect students in our public university. The days will start with a program with five current Assemblymembers, all former California State University faculty members—Shirley Weber and Marty Block who taught at San Diego State, Raul Bocanegra at CSU Northridge, Anthony Rendon at CSU Fullerton, and Susan Eggman at Sacramento State.


News from NEA’s national Higher Ed Conference

The theme of the 2014 National Education Association Higher Education Conference on March 14-16 in St. Louis, Missouri was “Activist Scholarship, Social Change, and the Future of Higher Education.”  

Higher education faculty and staff from NEA affiliates discussed a wide range of topics including the challenge of Pearson Ed Teacher Performance Assessment, which is a high stakes, privatized method of assessing the qualification of future teachers that is mandatory in New York and Washington states.


Faculty Rights Tip of the Week—Lecturers’ Placement on Salary Scale

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


Upon a Lecturer’s initial appointment, the university determines the level of salary it will offer the Lecturer. This amount is negotiable, though most Lecturers don’t engage in salary negotiations at the time of their initial appointment.


Links of the week
March 18, 2014

San Diego State campus latest to impose mandatory ’success fee’
Los Angeles Times
San Diego State University is the latest Cal State campus to impose a mandatory “student success fee,” a controversial new charge that critics have blasted as a sidestep around the system’s commitment to freeze tuition.