CFA EMAIL UPDATE 8-21-01

CFA STATEWIDE LEADERSHIP MEETS TO STRATEGIZE ABOUT STRONGER JOB ACTIONS.
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 the university.

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 2.

** Membership: Reported CFA membership has increased to 8838 members. 1258
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 in September.

**Affirmative Action: Reported undertaking "Telling our Stories" project, developing outreach program to underrepresented groups, and shared Talking Points for a Family Friendly Workplace.

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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