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Know Your (Strike) Rights!

Knowledge is power. And we want faculty to know all of their rights as it pertains to the potential strike. 

Don’t let administrators intimidate you:

Both HEERA (state labor law) and Article 6 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement protect our faculty members from reprisal for union activities including the work we’re doing to prepare for the strike.  Additionally, our faculty members enjoy many constitutional rights including the right to free speech and freedom of assembly.

We’ve heard about a number of messages and public comments from administrators warning faculty about their conduct with regard to strike preparation. The messages are chilling, and skirt dangerously close to violating the law.

We will take all steps necessary to ensure that our union’s and faculty members’ rights are protected, including pursuing legal claims against the Chancellor, the Trustees, and individual administrators.

In the tradition of Academic Freedom, we fully expect faculty members to discuss appropriate and germane topics within their classrooms. To be sure, faculty members can talk about issues that are relevant to the classroom, which can include the strike, the situation of faculty, student fees and debt, and the CSU as a public agency.

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Click here to contact a CFA legal advocate about a possible violation of your rights

On administrative coercion (it’s against the law!):

Under HEERA, the labor relations act governing the CSU’s conduct with regard to faculty and other employees, the Chancellor, Trustees, and administrators are “prohibited from imposing reprisals on employees or discriminating against, or otherwise interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees because of their exercise of rights guaranteed” by HEERA including the right to bargain through impasse and take concerted action (i.e. strike).

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Comments from SFSU CFA Chapter President Sheila R. Tully:

As educators, we have every right – and indeed obligation – to answer students’ questions and facilitate discussions of issues affecting their education. Both HEERA and Article 6 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement protect CFA members from reprisal for union activities including the work we’re doing to prepare for the strike.  Additionally, CFA members enjoy many constitutional rights including the right to free speech and freedom of assembly. Our Collective Bargaining Agreement guarantees members an enforceable right to be free from reprisal for participation in CFA activities…”

The resounding strike authorization vote of 94.4% by faculty throughout the CSU indicates that the vast majority of faculty will participate in the strike. We fully expect that classes will be canceled and that faculty will walk the picket line. This strike will not harm students’ ability to complete the spring semester or to graduate.


The Chancellor’s suggestion that faculty would compel students to take a particular position, walk picket lines, or require any other strike-related activity is an insult to the integrity and professionalism of faculty. However, this attitude is consistent with the Chancellor’s disrespect of faculty at the bargaining table with his insulting offer of 2% for year two of our contract.

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