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CFA Headlines • October 23, 2019

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Members Gear Up for Bargaining, Building Faculty Power at CFA’s 90th Assembly

CFA members gathered for a three-day weekend packed with meetings of caucuses, committees, and councils; interactive workshops; and time to re-connect with peers from around the state while gearing up for the upcoming bargaining campaign.

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Following Months of Impassioned CFA Advocacy, CalPERS Finally Ends its Investments in Private Migrant Detention

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) no longer maintains a financial interest in private prison operators CoreCivic and GEO Group, which run the largest family migrant detention centers in the nation. Marking the culmination of a months long campaign, CalPERS executives informed CFA’s board of directors last Friday that it had made the decision to pull its financial interests from two of the nation’s most notorious private prison companies.

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CSU Chancellor White to Retire at End of Academic Year

Yesterday morning news broke that CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White would be retiring at the end of the academic year in June 2020. White has served as Chancellor since 2013.

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In Other News…

2020 EQUITY CONFERENCE TO SERVE AS A PLATFORM FOCUSED ON CONNECTING FOR CO-LIBERATION: The 2020 Equity Conference will be organized for the first time as a project of CFA’s Council for Racial and Social Justice. Discussions and panels at this year’s conference will revolve around the following themes: Decolonization, Liberation, Joy and Resistance; Intersectional Continuums of Violence & Power; and (In)/(Hyper)Visibility.

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Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Range Elevation

Range elevation is the process through which eligible Lecturers and temporary Librarians can increase their salaries by moving from one salary range to the next.

Normally, eligibility requires five years of service in current range and no Service Salary Increase (SSI) eligibility. Thanks to CFA’s Bargaining Team, range elevation has been expanded so that long-term Lecturers, even if they have not maxed out SSIs, may be eligible too.

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Links of the Week

Why America’s Largest Pension Fund Is Cutting Ties with Private Prisons
Fortune
Following on the heels of other U.S. pension fund giants, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has sold its stake in two controversial private prison operators that have recently been in the headlines for their treatment of immigrants.

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