CFA Headlines • May 14, 2014

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Gov. Brown releases “May Revise” state budget plan

Gov. Jerry Brown released his revision of the proposed 2014/15 state budget yesterday.  

While his January plan to increase funding for the CSU by $142 million in the coming fiscal year remains intact, he ignored urging from public higher ed supporters to increase that figure notwithstanding impressive tax receipts this spring.


47 Days in Contract Countdown: Update from CFA Bargaining Team

The CFA and chancellor’s bargaining teams met last week as the calendar counts down to CSU faculty contract expiration. The CFA Team made a number of bargaining proposals covering safety and security issues as well as “green” measures.

The CFA Team reports that “our proposals address directly long-standing issues of faculty salary, growing and excessive workload demands, improvements in the day-to-day experience of our jobs, and remedies for the years of economic devastation that have resulted from the CSU underfunding its faculty.”


State Assembly to hold hearing Thursday May 15 on CSU funding & student fees

The state Assembly Higher Education Budget Subcommittee will hold a hearing tomorrow, Thursday, May 15 on how much the state should fund the CSU in the 2014/15 budget year that starts July 1. 

And, legislators will consider how campus-based student “success” fees adopted at most CSU campuses will factor into the numbers.

Faculty and students will testify at the hearing. It is open to the public and is scheduled to begin after the Assembly session, at approximately10 am in room 444 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.


CFHE releases national Video exposing for-profit edu-business

The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education released a new animated video Tuesday that raises alarms about the excessive promises made by online edu-businesses about the quality of their higher education products. 


Toni Atkins new Assembly Speaker on public higher ed

Assemblymember Toni Atkins was sworn in as California State Assembly Speaker this week, giving her, among other things, a seat on the CSU Board of Trustees.

She was a San Diego city councilwoman elected to the Legislature in 2010 and is the 69th Speaker of the Assembly, only the third woman, and the first openly gay woman to be Speaker.

The Sacramento Bee reports she is known as an “unabashed progressive Democrat” who supports gay rights, affordable housing and reproductive health.


CFA East Bay campaigns to elect Sbranti to Assembly

Tim Sbranti, a 15-year public school classroom teacher and mayor of Dublin, is running for the open 16th Assembly District seat against 3 other candidates including long time political operative and Orinda City Council member, Steve Glazer who is an appointee to the CSU Board of Trustees.

The CFA East Bay Chapter, which strongly endorsed Sbranti for the seat, has been walking precincts and making calls to urge others to vote for him.


Mills College adjuncts vote to join SEIU 1021

Late Breaking News: The votes were counted today in the union election for adjuncts at Mills College in Oakland. They voted 68 yes/19 no to become members of SEIU 1021.

Lecturers in Northern California who are members of CFA helped with the campaign by phone banking and talking with Mills adjuncts about the advantages of having a union. 

On May 28, ballots in the union election for adjuncts at the San Francisco Art Institute will be counted.


Faculty Rights Tip of the Week— Evaluation Criteria

Article 15.3 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement provides that once an evaluation process begins, there shall be no changes. We all know, however, that procedures and criteria change over time.

Evaluation changes usually trigger union rights to meet and confer over the changes, and CFA engages the administration to protect our members’ rights. 


Links of the Week * May 14, 2014

San Jose State president apologizes, says he regrets leaving faculty out of decisions