CFA E-MAIL NEWS UPDATE
"PAY RAISES DELAYED"
APRIL 18, 2002
- PAY RAISES DELAYED
- LOBBY DAY II - 125 CSU FACULTY AND STUDENTS DESCEND ON SACRAMENTO TO"PROTECT THE MISSION"
- CFA DELEGATE ASSEMBLY COMING UP: "PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE"
- GEORGE DIEHR QUALIFIES FOR PERS ELECTION
- COURT DISMISSES CHALLENGES TO AGENCY FEE
PAY RAISES DELAYED
While discussions continue between CFA and the CSU Administration
regarding implementation of the new Tentative Agreement, CFA was
extremely disappointed to hear from the Administration that
faculty salary increases will not appear in the April pay checks.
According to the Administration, they were unable to schedule a
Board of Trustees meeting or a conference call to ratify the new
After hearing for months how anxious the Administration was for
the faculty to receive their raises, it is difficult to believe
that the Board of Trustees has been unable to act on a Tentative
Agreement that was reached on March 2 and officially ratified by
CFA members on March 26.
CFA President Susan Meisenhelder, in a report to the CFA
Officers, told them, "The delay will unnecessarily inconvenience
the faculty. I've had faculty members ask if the CFA Bargaining
Team feels that the delay was deliberate - a penalty of sorts -
for insisting on a decent contract. We're trying very hard to
build a more positive relationship with the Administration, but
it's difficult to argue with those who feel this is a retaliatory
Assuming no further delays, increases would be first received in
the May pay check received on June 1. Unfortunately, the delay
will require a retroactive payment to April 1, the effective date
of the first salary increase provided in the Tentative Agreement.
Retroactive payments of any kind have always been problematic in
the CSU, and we had hoped to avoid them by timely implementation
by the Administration. We'll be watching closely to see if there
are any additional delays.
LOBBY DAY II - 125 CSU FACULTY AND STUDENTS DESCEND ON SACRAMENTO
TO "PROTECT THE MISSION"
On April 15 and 16, faculty and students were in the Capitol
urging legislators to support CFA's legislative agenda.
Conversations focused on the need to reverse the decline in the
CSU instructional budget (SB 1450), to provide retirement
benefits for more lecturers (AB 2549) , and to provide affordable
healthcare for CSU faculty in all parts of the state (SB 277).
Faculty and student lobbyists also discussed a number of CFA's
budget proposals that would help protect the instructional
mission of the university in the current budgetary downturn.
On Monday evening, faculty and students mingled with legislators
at a CFA reception in the Capitol rotunda. At that event, State
Senator John Vasconcellos was honored for his many years of
distinguished service and stalwart support for public higher
CFA DELEGATE ASSEMBLY COMING UP: "PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE"
CFA representatives from around the state will meet on April
26-28 in Los Angeles to discuss CFA's direction and priorities
for the coming year. In addition to Assembly events, the American
Association of University Professors is holding its annual
Academic Freedom Workshop in conjunction with CFA's Assembly on
Friday at the Crowne Plaza in Los Angeles. Faculty interested in
attending the workshop can contact their chapter President, the
CFA Office in Los Angeles, or the AAUP website (www.aaup.org)for
GEORGE DIEHR QUALIFIES FOR PERS ELECTION
George Diehr, Professor of Management at CSU San Marcos, has
officially qualified as a candidate for election to the PERS
Board, which governs the retirement system affecting CSU faculty
and other California public employees. Professor Diehr is CFA
Chapter President at San Marcos, a members of the CFA Board of
Directors, Chair of CFA's Contract Development and Bargaining
Strategy Committee, and a member of the CFA Bargaining Team.
COURT DISMISSES CHALLENGES TO AGENCY FEE
CFA has recently learned that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
has upheld a lower court ruling dismissing the National Right To
Work's constitutional challenge to SB 645. Absent action by the
U.S. Supreme Court, which is extremely unlikely, this ruling
brings to an end Right To Work's litigation against CFA seeking
to invalidate SB 645.