GRO WEEKLY REPORT OF AUGUST 17 WITH THE LATEST UPDATE ON SB 1212


Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 15:06:30 -0700
From: GRO 
Subject: GRO WEEKLY REPORT
To: gro@calfac.org

CFA GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE WEEKLY REPORT
WRITE YOUR LETTERS ON SB 1212 TODAY!
2001 EDITION Issue No. 30
August 17, 2001


CONTENTS:
**WRITE YOUR LETTERS ON SB 1212 TODAY!
**APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE HEARING DATES CHANGED


PROTECT CSU FACULTY DUE PROCESS RIGHTS: PHASE II CALL TO ACTION

   ******************WRITE YOUR LETTER ON SB 1212
TODAY!*********************


The CFA GRO has initiated Phase II of its multi-pronged approach to
gain legislative support and the Governor's approval of CFA-sponsored
SB 1212 (Romero). SB 1212 protects a long-standing, hard earned and
most basic labor right ? the right of due process.

For Phase II, we are requesting all CSU faculty to WRITE A LETTER to
the ASSEMBLY DEMOCRATS IN YOUR AREA. You can find the legislator(s) in
your area by going to www.leginfo.ca.gov, click on the "Your
Legislature" icon, then type in your zip code.

LETTERS NEED TO BE SENT ASAP!  During the past week, we have received
40 copies of letters sent by our members.  A sample letter is located
at the end of this report.  Please use this sample letter as a guide
only.  All letters may be addressed as follows:

Assemblymember's Name
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Assembly will be voting on SB 1212 soon and GRO staff will keep
you informed of the progress of our efforts.

Please contact us in the GRO by email  or phone (916)
441-4848, if you have any questions.



APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE HEARING DATES CHANGED

Fiscal committee hearing dates relative to CFA-sponsored legislation,
AB 1081 (Nation D-Sonoma) and SB 1212 (Romero D-Los Angeles), have
been changed.  The new hearing dates are:

AB 1081 (Nation), Lecturer Retirement Benefits.  To be heard in the
Senate Appropriation Committee August 27th (not August 20th as
originally scheduled).

SB 1212 (Romero), Due Process Protection.  To be heard in the Assembly
Appropriation Committee August 29th (not August 22nd as originally
scheduled).


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SAMPLE LETTER

 [TODAY'S DATE]

Assemblymember's Name
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA  95814


RE:     SB 1212 (Romero)  CSU Faculty Due Process Rights Protections SUPPORT

Dear Assemblymember [LAST NAME]:

I am a faculty member at [YOUR CAMPUS], and I am writing to register
my strong SUPPORT for SB 1212 (Romero), which protects the due process
rights of California State University faculty.  SB 1212 establishes
existing law that was first enacted 25 years ago as a minimum level of
due process rights for these employees.

As you know, the right to a hearing to address grievances is one of
the basic cornerstones of labor protections. Under the 1978 Higher
Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA), numerous collective
bargaining statutes may be superseded if the negotiating parties agree
to such changes.  However, by abusing the intent of this provision,
the CSU has repeatedly attempted to weaken the due process statute
through the collective bargaining process. Most recently, the CSU
administration proposed that faculty give up their right to an
arbitration hearing for grievances addressing tenure and job promotion
decisions by administrators.

Due process rights should not be negotiable. As with other public
employee groups who are guaranteed due process, CSU faculty should not
be placed in a position where job standards and working conditions
would have to be compromised to preserve these long-standing statutory
safeguards.

To ensure that due process is protected, I request your SUPPORT of SB
1212 (Romero). Thank you for your consideration of this important
issue.

[YOUR NAME]
[YOUR TITLE, IF ANY]
[YOUR CSU CAMPUS]
[YOUR FULL ADDRESS]


cc:     CFA, 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 1950, Sacramento, CA 95814 or FAX: (916)
441-3513

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