CFA EMAIL UPDATE 8-21-01
CFA STATEWIDE LEADERSHIP MEETS TO STRATEGIZE ABOUT STRONGER JOB
More than 100 CFA leaders from all 22 campuses met over three days last
week to discuss the impasse in bargaining and the potential for
escalating faculty job actions. A variety of possibilities and timing
were discussed. There was an overwhelming consensus that the Chancellor
was preparing for the third consecutive unilateral implementation of
contract conditions and, at the same time, that there is soaring faculty
anger about the Chancellor's attitude toward faculty and the changes his
administration is bringing to the CSU. Many participants, including the
newly appointed Campus Job Action Committee members, spoke passionately
about the Chancellor's thorough lack of respect for the faculty and for
the importance of academic freedom to the students and to the future of
J.N. MUSTO REPORTS ON HAWAII UNIVERSITY STRIKE.
The Executive Director of the University of Hawaii Professional
Association, J.N. Musto, addressed the CFA Job Action Committee Chairs,
Chapter Presidents' Council and the Board of Directors regarding the
two-week strike University of Hawaii faculty conducted in April. Over 85%
of the faculty struck and, with strong public and political support,
negotiated an excellent contract. UHPA represents more than 3000 faculty
members on 11 campuses on five islands.
TEACH CSU/TEACH IN WORKSHOP.
Some 80 CFA campus leaders attended a one-day workshop on Friday to
learn more about turnout, program development and planning for the
October Teach CSU/Teach Ins. An impressive amount of work has been
accomplished over the summer on 21 campuses. Endorsements for the Teach
CSU/Teach Ins have been received from a growing number of community,
political, labor and student leaders and organizations and more than 6000
CFA support petition signatures have been received.
"WELCOME BACK PACKETS", CFA POCKET CALENDARS TO BE
DISTRIBUTED ON CAMPUS.
CFA "Welcome Back Packets" will be distributed to all the
20,000-plus members and non members on all campus as school resumes this
fall. The packets contain an update on bargaining, a centerfold poster
for the Teach CSU/Teach Ins, and other useful information. The CFA pocket
appointment calendar, which CFA traditionally produces in the fall, will
also be available as campuses open.
CFA PRESIDENTS' COUNCIL ELECTS BOARD REP.
The CFA Chapter Presidents' Council, meeting last Thursday evening,
elected Bakersfield Chapter President Gonzalo Santos (Sociology) to the
CFA Board of Directors replacing Nancy Bailey.
CFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
The CFA Board of Directors met Friday evening and Saturday. The board
heard a variety of reports including the following:
** Political Action/Legislation: Reported on SB 1212 and the
Administration's desperate attempts to create false impressions regarding
the legislation. A letter and postcard campaign is underway. The
Legislative Workshops, where faculty members can propose ideas for future
legislation were announced: North - November 9 and South - November
** Membership: Reported CFA membership has increased to 8838 members.
new members joined in last 12 months. An increasing majority of full-time
faculty now belong to CFA.
** Lecturers' Council: Announced next Council meeting September 7 and 8
in Sacramento. The Board voted to contribute $1000 to the steering
committee for Campus Equity Week, October 29-November 2. The week of
actions to raise awareness about issues faced by contingent faculty is
supported by the major academic unions and will take place on campuses
across the U.S. and Canada. The Lecturers' Council has formed a
subcommittee to develop plans for CFA's participation.
** Member Benefits: Reported initiation of member Legal Services Program
**Affirmative Action: Reported undertaking "Telling our
Stories" project, developing outreach program to underrepresented
groups, and shared Talking Points for a Family Friendly
SONOMA CONVOCATION DRAWS CFA PICKETS.
Faculty and staff at Monday's opening convocation at Sonoma State
warmly greeted about 100 faculty picketers calling for a fair contract.
The chapter job action committee held a sign-painting party over the
weekend to prepare and had ample signs for faculty, many of whom joined
the protest as they arrived for the ceremonies. The picketers distributed
fans and leaflets that faculty carried inside the auditorium. CFA Chapter
President Victor Garlin received hearty compliments for his speech which
concluded, "I hope CFA's efforts to provide organizational
infrastructure to center faculty and student concerns will be welcomed as
an effective way to confront the centralization, corporatization and
arrogance of power with which we are dealing."
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