CFA Headlines • October 28, 2015

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Faculty to reclaim the People’s University on November 17

CFA chapters on all 23 CSU campuses are readying for action on November 17, when faculty and supporters will descend on the CSU Chancellor’s Office during a Trustees’ meeting to demand that the faculty voice be heard.

Contact your campus CFA Chapter to learn how you can participate


Make History Again—on Nov. 17

When faculty members from CSU campuses descend on the Chancellor’s Office next month, we will make history—again!

In November 2006 over 1500 faculty, students, and staff marched on the CSU’s headquarters.


Strike Authorization Vote completed; Results next week

Voting by CFA members on whether to authorize a strike in the CSU system ended at 5 pm today. Over the next few days, paper ballot boxes will be gathered from the 23 campuses for a count under the supervision of a neutral third party.

The results will be announced at 10 am next Wednesday, November 4.


Fresno faculty perform world premiere of ‘Race to the Bottom’ spoof

Fresno CFA Chapter members illustrated the trials facing CSU faculty during a rally last Thursday with the World Premiere of their new satirical skit “Race to the Bottom.”


CFA Chapters Mobilize: 23 Legislators Urge Chancellor White to Invest in Faculty

California lawmakers are sending strong letters to Chancellor Timothy White urging him to invest in faculty and quality instruction for students.

The latest of the 23 to write are Assemblymember Cheryl Brown (San Bernardino), Jim Frazier (Oakley), Assemblymembers Bill Dodd (Napa), Cristina Garcia (Bell Gardens), Mike Gatto (Glendale), Freddie Rodriguez (Pomona), and Jim Wood (Sonoma) along with Senator Richard Pan (Sacramento).

Campus CFA Chapter leaders have played a big role in reaching out.


How faculty pay numbers cover up the truth

In its effort to undermine our fight for 5% (and an SSI for those eligible), CSU management has promoted a distorted version of faculty salaries.

While CFA is interested in what ALL faculty earn, the Chancellor’s Office’s discussion of “average salary” focuses on the salaries of those who earn the most and limits the analysis by in two ways:


CUNY faculty to take Strike Authorization Vote

Faculty at City University of New York, much like faculty here in the CSU, are at the end of their patience.

Last Thursday, CUNY’s Professional Staff Congress president, Barbara Bowen, announced in a message to members that they will take a Strike Authorization Vote sometime in the next few months.


Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Article 6 CFA’s Rights

Have you ever been concerned about whether it was okay to send CFA communications on e-mail or create CFA fliers for distribution?  

Has a colleague ever expressed concern that an administrator might somehow retaliate for their union activity?  

Article 6 of our Collective Bargaining Agreement assures CFA’s rights including, but not limited to the following:


Links of the Week • October 28, 2015

Cal State Faculty Turn to Students for Help in Labor Dispute
The California Report NPR
California State University faculty members continue voting today as to whether they should strike over pay. The union is demanding a 5 percent pay hike. CSU officials are offering a 2 percent bump. Faculty are turning to students to help pressure officials and avoid a strike that could begin early next year. Reporter: Ana Tintocalis