California Democratic Party convention endorses CFA’s ‘Fight for Five’ for fair pay for Cal State U. faculty

SAN JOSE, CA—The 3200 delegates to the California Democratic Party convention voted today to endorse the California Faculty Association’s “Fight for Five” campaign.

The Fight for Five calls for fair pay for the 26,000 professors, lecturers, coaches, counselors and librarians who teach in the California State University system. Contract talks have broken down. If no settlement is reached, CSU faculty will go on strike for five days, April 13-15 and 18-19.

CFA President Jennifer Eagan, a professor at CSU East Bay, one of the 23 CSU campuses, told  delegates just before the vote:

We’re the little labor union that is taking on the largest university administration in the nation…. This is the People’s University. My colleagues and I have graduated more students than any other university system in the nation…. [yet] the [CSU] chancellor thinks our work is not important.

We the faculty think our students deserve better. They deserve more than faculty working three jobs and stretching to make ends meet. They deserve better than having more and more part-time faculty and fewer full-time faculty to help them achieve their dreams. They deserve better than higher fees in exchange for a growing bureaucracy with highly paid administrators who don’t teach.

“…. And it is a fight not just for faculty or for the students. It’s a fight that represents our democratic values, the values of economic justice and social mobility. It’s a fight for a better state, and I hope you will join us.”

Chairman of the California Democratic Party John Burton stated,

“California doesn’t have the country’s biggest and best public universities by accident. It’s because of the hard work of dedicated faculty and students.

“I know because I graduated from San Francisco State University and it launched me on my career more than 60 years ago. California State University faculty have stood with students and parents to protect our public universities during the recession. We need to give CSU faculty the respect they deserve and pay them what they are worth.”