CFA Headlines • March 23, 2016

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Striking for Love

In just 20 days, CSU faculty will march on picket lines on all 23 campuses, an historic effort that would be the largest strike in U.S. higher education history.

While faculty are striking over salary disputes with CSU management — we’re fighting for a 5% salary increase for all faculty — we are also striking for love, CFA leaders point out.


Social, educational justice a focal point at CFA’s Equity Conference
CFA Equity Conference 2016

CFA is in the midst of preparing for an historic strike, but faculty activists converged March 18-19 to discuss social and educational justice for students and colleagues at our 2016 Equity Conference in Los Angeles.


CSU Stanislaus faculty, students protest at Chancellor White’s campus forum

CSU Chancellor Tim White was visibly troubled by the end of his visit Tuesday to CSU Stanislaus, where he was followed by protestors and grilled by faculty and students during a campus visit and forum.


Mental health of students always a primary focus for counseling faculty

Counseling and mental health services for students became a hot topic in recent weeks both in the news and during commentary at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting.

A recent story by KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez detailed the growing crisis, pointing out that the high student-to-mental health counselor ratios on campuses endangers some of the CSU system’s neediest students.


CFA activists bring message of CSU faculty pain to Chancellor’s DC visit

The truth about faculty salaries and Chancellor Tim White’s unwillingness to restore faculty salaries and invest in students followed him to Washington, D.C. last week during his breakfast meeting with the California State Society.


Support for faculty strike continues to grow

Solidarity with faculty continues to mount as the clock ticks closer to the potential strike in April.

The California Federation of Teachers (CFT), Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) and Unite Here Locals 11, 19 and 49 are the most recent allies to pledge support for the faculty strike.


Retirees support the Fight for Five!

CFA’s statewide Retired Faculty Committee has pledged to support the Fight for Five and strike, and recently wrote retired colleagues asking them to join the fight.

“CSU retired faculty spent our professional lives helping to build a strong public university system for our students. Now we need to help protect our university by standing with our active colleagues in their fight for 5%.”

Click here to read the letter, which is posted on the CFA website.


Unionism gets boost at two universities

Efforts to unionize university faculty continues to strengthen, as Mills College adjunct professors ratified their first three-year contract and non-tenure track faculty at Duke University vote to unionize.


Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Defend Your Right to Strike!

Last week, we let you know that CFA filed an unfair labor practice charge with the state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) when supervisors asked faculty members to report their plans to participate in the possible five-day strike on April 13-15 and April 18-19.

Pressuring employees to declare their plans for the strike and suggesting that they cross the picket line when the union has called for a strike, illegally interferes with labor rights under HEERA.


Links of the Week

Opinion: I Don’t Want to Strike, But I Must
The Pioneer 
East Bay CFA Chapter President Nick Baham: I want to make it clear to the CSUEB community that our strike is an act of love.