GRO WEEKLY REPORT OF SEPTEMBER 19 WITH THE LATEST UPDATE ON SB 1212 AND AB 1081


From: GRO 
Date: Wed Sep 19, 2001  04:36:31 PM US/Pacific
To: gro@calfac.org
Subject: GRO Weekly Report
Reply-To: gro@calfac.org

CFA GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE WEEKLY REPORT
"CRITICAL RESPONSE NEEDED:
CFA-SPONSORED BILLS ARRIVE ON GOVERNORUS DESKS
2001 EDITION P Issue No. 34
September 19, 2001



CONTENTS:
**CRITICAL RESPONSE NEEDED:
   CFA-SPONSORED BILLS ARRIVE ON GOVERNORUS DESK
**CALIFORNIA GOVERNORUS CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN

CRITICAL RESPONSE NEEDED:
CFA-SPONSORED BILLS ARRIVE ON GOVERNOR'S DESK

On Friday, CFA's sponsored legislation reached Gov. Gray Davis's desk, where
the Governor will either veto or sign the bills into law.

It is likely the Governor will take action on SB 1212 (Romero) and AB 1081
(Nation) by October 1. CFA-GRO office received a few letters last week, but
time constraints mean we have very little time remaining to flood his
offices with letters of support.

CFA's other sponsored measure, ACR 73 (Strom-Martin), was approved by the
Senate on Monday (24-13), and the Assembly approved the measure on Thursday
(60-16) and as a legislative resolution does not require the Governor's
signature, so letters for ACR 73 are not needed.

The Governor is very sensitive to constituent opinion so it is important
that he hears from faculty on these two important pieces of legislation.
The CFA legislative team has worked very hard to get these bills through the
legislation; now we need your help to get them signed into law.  LETTERS TO
GOVERNOR DAVIS ON BEHALF OF SB 1212 AND AB 1081 NEED TO BE SENT ASAP.

SIGNED LETTERS may be mailed directly to the Governor, or forwarded to the
CFA GRO office by fax at (916) 441-3513. USE THE TWO SAMPLE LETTERS AT THE
END OF THIS REPORT AS A GUIDE. Phone CFA Legislative Director David Hawkins
at (916) 441-4848 with any questions you may have.

SB 1212 prevents a 1976-enacted law establishing CSU faculty due process
rights from being "superseded" by a collective bargaining agreement, unless
the agreement exceeds the level of rights currently in law. SB 1212 will
prohibit the CSU administration from attempting to reduce or eliminate due
process rights in negotiations with CFA.

AB 1081 allows CSU part-time lecturers who teach a 40 percent load for two
consecutive semesters to be eligible for CalPERS retirement benefits,
contingent on an agreement reached with the CSU administration through a
collective bargaining agreement.

ACR 73 directs the CSU Board of Trustees to provide a report to the
Legislature regarding its faculty hiring practices, and to jointly develop a
plan with CFA and the Academic Senate by May 1, 2002 to raise the percentage
of tenured and tenured track faculty positions to 75 percent, and provides
that no lecturers will lose their jobs as a result of implementing the plan.


CALIFORNIA GOVERNORUS CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN

The California Governor's Conference for Women will be held on Thursday,
October 11, 2001 in Long Beach.   The conference is a non-partisan,
state-sponsored forum for women of all different generations and
backgrounds.

This year's sponsors anticipate another sold-out event with well over 10,000
women in attendance.  Keynote and featured speakers of the conference
include:  Bertice Berry, Naomi Judd, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Sherry Lansing,
Susan Blumenthal, Tippi Hedren, Tiffany Shlain, Amy Trask and Rachel Naomi
Remen.

Last year, CFA representatives used the conference to network and collect
over 1,000 signatures on postcards related to gender equity issues in the
CSU.  Not only was the conference fun and informative, the overwhelming show
of support from women across-the-state on our issues was inspiring to those
in attendance.  This year we anticipate a similar effort.

CFA has five tickets available for CFA women interested and committed to
"working the crowd" with your fellow colleagues.  Our work begins at
approximately 6:30 am and concludes at 6:30 pm (a long day, but truly
rewarding).  Overnight accommodations will be provided.

If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to the
CFA-Government Relations Office at gro@calfac.org and indicate if you are
able to work the entire day or a portion thereof.



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 to 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


AB 1081 SAMPLE LETTER

[TODAY'S DATE]

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

Re:AB 1081 (Nation)  CalPERS for Part-Time CSU Lecturers P SUPPORT

Dear Governor Davis:

I am a faculty member at [YOUR CAMPUS].  I urge you to sign AB 1081
(Nation), which would allow part-time CSU lecturers P who teach a 40 percent
load for two consecutive semesters P to be eligible for CalPERS retirement
benefits. Prior to enacting this benefit, the CSU and CFA would need to
reach agreement through the collective bargaining process, with the benefit
costs being allocated from the existing CSU compensation pool.

%AB 1081 provides uniformity to CalPERS by applying the same "half-time
teaching" eligibility criteria to CalPERS retirement benefits that currently
exists for CalPERS medical benefits.

Because of discrepancies between current law and CSU practice, part-time
faculty who are teaching "half-time" ? defined by the CSU as a 40 percent
teaching load ? are not meeting CalPERS' "half-time" threshold defined as a
50 percent teaching load. Under current law, CSU lecturers must teach
half-time for three consecutive semesters to be eligible for negotiated
CalPERS benefits. The CalPERS "half-time teaching" definition is based on a
full-time faculty position that includes "non-teaching" responsibilities
such as participation on campus or departmental committees. However,
lecturers generally do not participate in ? and are not compensated for ?
"non-classroom" duties. Conversely, the CSU half-time standard includes only
teaching duties and more accurately reflects actual teaching load.

%Last year, you corrected a similar discrepancy by signing AB 211 (Chapter
12, Statutes of 2000). AB 211 placed in statute the CSU's half-time teaching
load standard to qualify faculty for CalPERS medical benefits.

AB 1081 is also consistent with the eligibility criteria for the state's
major retirement provider for K-12 and community college instructors, the
State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS). Under CalSTRS, part-time faculty
teaching half-time or below are eligible for retirement benefits.

%According to CalPERS, AB 1081 would result in annual costs of $3.7 million
? or approximately 0.7 percent of payroll ? based on the estimated 1,100 new
CalPERS members resulting from this legislation. These monies would be
allocated from the existing CSU compensation pool per a negotiated agreement
between the CSU and CFA.

To correct existing inequities, I respectfully request you to SIGN AB 1081
INTO LAW.

Thank you,

[YOUR NAME]
[YOUR TITLE, if any]
[YOUR CAMPUS]
[YOUR MAILING ADDRESS]

cc:CFA by FAX (916) 441-3513


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