CFA GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE WEEKLY REPORT
"THE FINAL PHASE - WRITE A LETTER TO GOV. GRAY DAVIS ON SB 1212!"
2001 EDITION - Issue No. 32
AUGUST 31, 2001

CONTENTS:


PROTECT CSU FACULTY DUE PROCESS RIGHTS: PHASE III CALL TO ACTION!

The CFA Government Relations Office (GRO) is initiating Phase III in its
efforts to gain the Governor's approval of CFA-sponsored SB 1212 (Romero).
(As you'll recall, Phase I focused on letters-to-the-editor, and Phase II
targeted Assembly Democrats). SB 1212 protects a long-standing, hard earned
and most basic labor right - the right of due process. The CSU
administration continues to actively oppose SB 1212, and has made the
bill's defeat its top priority.

CSU FACULTY LETTERS NEED TO BE SENT ASAP TO COUNTER THE CSU
ADMINISTRATION'S MISREPRESENTATIONS AND CONTINUING ATTACKS.

CFA has been notified that SB 1212 will receive final approval by the
Assembly Appropriations Committee late next week, and an Assembly floor
vote will occur as early as Monday, September 10th.

WRITE A LETTER TO GOV. GRAY DAVIS requesting he SIGN INTO LAW CFA-sponsored
SB 1212. LETTERS NEED TO BE SENT ASAP. A sample letter is located at the
end of this report.

Please use this sample letter as a guide only. DISTRIBUTE THE SAMPLE LETTER
on your campus and ENCOURAGE YOUR COLLEAGUES TO WRITE LETTERS as well.  All
letters may be addressed as follows (and please FAX a copy of your letter
to the CFA GRO office at (916) 441-3513):

The Honorable Gray Davis
Governor of California
The State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact us in the CFA GRO office by email <gro@calfac.org> or phone
Legislative Director David Hawkins at (916) 441-4848, if you have any
questions. Thank you for your continuing advocacy.

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SB 1212 SAMPLE LETTER

 [TODAY'S DATE]

The Honorable Gray Davis
Governor of California
The State Capitol
Sacramento, CA  95814

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

Dear Governor Davis:

I am a faculty member at [YOUR CAMPUS] and a union member of the California
Faculty Association (CFA). I urge you to sign SB 1212 into law and protect
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 with other education public employee groups who are guaranteed due
process rights in law that are "non-negotiable," CSU faculty should not be
placed in a position where job standards and working conditions would have
to be compromised to preserve long-standing safeguards that ensure employee
grievances are addressed. Due process protections should not be negotiable.

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 conditions that would have prohibited CSU faculty from challenging
administrative decisions affecting tenure and job promotions.

To ensure that due process is protected, I request you SIGN SB 1212 INTO
LAW. Thank you for your attention to this important labor issue.

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

cc:	CFA, by FAX: (916) 441-3513


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