CFA Headlines • September 4, 2019

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Immigration Legal Services Now Available for CSU Community

In a welcome development, the CSU Chancellor’s Office announced last week its plan to provide immigration legal services to students and employees at all 23 of its campuses. Funding to support these services was first authorized in the 2018-19 state budget act but the impetus for this plan traces back to legislation that CFA sponsored in 2017. AB 21 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra created protections for undocumented students, faculty, and staff in the CSU system, as well as the state’s community colleges and also addresses their access to financial aid, legal representation, and constitutional right to due process. Following a focused legislative advocacy campaign by CFA, Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law, paving the way for these legal services to become a reality.


Get Ready for Bargaining: Attend a Campus Meeting

Bargaining is on the horizon in 2020, and all CFA campus chapters will be kicking off bargaining with meetings set to begin next week. Chapter meetings offer a chance to learn about the bargaining process, how to get involved, and to discuss with CFA leaders how all of us, working together, can help build power to win a fair contract.


Update on CFA Legislative Priorities, Plus New Audit of CSU Campus Fees Coming

As we approach the end of the first year of a two-year legislative cycle, a number of important CFA-sponsored and -supported bills are moving forward, including AB 331 (Medina) and AB 1460 (Weber), the K-12 and CSU ethnic studies bills, both of which were made into two year bills. We will continue our advocacy for these important bills as they progress into next year.


In Other News…

CFA MEMBERS CELEBRATE LABOR DAY ACROSS CALIFORNIA: Labor Day is an annual reminder of the struggles that workers in the United States have faced and overcome in the last several decades, as well as a celebration of the power and influence of organized labor. To commemorate this powerful legacy, CFA sisters and brothers took to the streets to show their pride on September 2 by participating in several Labor Day events statewide. In southern California, the CSULA chapter rallied with UTLA members at the SEIU Kaiser worker rally in Hollywood, while the Long Beach and Dominguez Hills chapters marched in the Labor Day parade in Wilmington. Up in Chico, CFA members joined with other CSU union siblings for a community breakfast with the North State Labor Federation.


Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Lecturer Preference for Work at the Start of the Academic Year

At the beginning of each new term during the academic year the teaching assignments for Lecturers are often in flux until the last minute. It can be a challenging time for both Lecturers and department chairs.

Article 12.29a of our Collective Bargaining agreement governs the assignment of classes during the academic year (i.e. in terms other than Fall). This article provides protection for long-term Lecturers. The administration must follow the order of appointments specified in this article.


Links of the Week

Depression, anxiety rising among U.S. college students
Suicidal thinking, severe depression and rates of self-injury among U.S. college students more than doubled over less than a decade, a nationwide study suggests.