CFA GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE WEEKLY REPORT
"LOBBY DAY II - 125 CSU FACULTY AND STUDENTS DESCEND ON SACRAMENTO TO PROTECT THE MISSION"
2002 EDITION - Issue No. 9
April 19, 2002

CONTENTS:


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 - Romero), to provide
retirement benefits for more lecturers (AB 2549 - Nation), and to
provide affordable healthcare for CSU faculty in all parts of the
state (SB 277 - Chesbro). 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 (D-San Jose) was honored for his many
years of distinguished service and commitment to public higher
education.

Early Tuesday morning, CFA hosted two workshops to assist member
and student lobbyists in preparing for their scheduled meetings.
Members attending the first workshop delved into the briefing
materials and had a comprehensive discussion on the specifics of
CFA's legislative and budget proposals.  Member and student
lobbyists attending the second workshop learned the "how-to's" on
effectively lobbying from CFA lobbyist David Hawkins.

Serving as keynote speaker, Assemblymember Joe Nation (D-Sonoma),
author of CFA's AB 2549 and a key member of Assembly Speaker
Wesson's new leadership team, shared his views on the political
climate at the Capitol and how faculty can effectively
communicate their vision to legislators. Nation, a former
part-time faculty member himself, applauded CFA in developing
budget proposals geared toward reallocating existing monies,
instead of costing new dollars. He noted that CFA's approach to
the current budget crises is both realistic and responsible.

We want to thank everyone for taking time out of their busy
schedules to attend this important lobby day.  Your presence and
effective advocacy will help secure key support for our budget
and legislative proposals.


CFA-SPONSORED BILLS RE-SCHEDULED FOR HEARINGS

The hearing for CFA-sponsored SB 1450 (Romero) has been
rescheduled to WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 so that CFA may continue its
negotiations with legislative leadership and various CSU labor
unions. As currently written, SB 1450 would ensure that at least
50 percent of the CSU budget is dedicated to instruction.  Please
continue to send letters urging support to legislators sitting on
the Senate Education Committee (listed below).

CFA-sponsored AB 2549 (Nation), allowing lecturers teaching
half-time to be eligible for CalPERS retirement benefits, will
also be heard on WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 by the Assembly Public
Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee (PERSS).
Letters supporting this important legislation should be directed
to members of this Committee (listed below).

LOBBY FOR THE PASSAGE OF THE NATION'S FIRST PUBLICLY ADMINISTERED
PAID FAMILY LEAVE PROGRAM

Please join us in lobbying for passage of the nation's first
publicly administered paid family leave program, Sacramento, May
5-7, 2002, at the California Federation of Labor Legislative
Conference.

CFA members are being invited to participate in an effort to
establish the first public paid family leave program in the
United States.  Senate Bill 1661 (Kuehl) establishes a benefit,
under State Disability Insurance, which would provide partial
salary replacement for employees taking family leaves.  Research
indicates that 65% of employees eligible for family leave do not
take it because they cannot afford it.  Leaves covered would
include not only parental leaves, but leaves in order to care for
a close relative or domestic partner.  Payment would be financed
by the contributions to the State Disability Insurance Program
and would be at the SDI rate (approximately 55% of salary,
depending on the salary level of the employee).

The bill currently before the legislature does not cover state
employees, who are covered under a different program (California
Non-Industrial Disability Insurance). However, the bill's sponsor
(Senator Kuehl) has indicated an interest in extending coverage
to state employees, once the program becomes established in the
private sector.  Strategically, it makes good sense to take this
in two steps, so that current problems with the state budget do
not cause the defeat of the bill.

CFA will cover expenses for some people to attend this conference
and lobby for SB 1661. If you are interested in attending, please
contact Nina Fendel at ninaf@1gc.org. Slots will be filled on a
first come, first served basis.


Senate Education Committee Members and phone number (all area
code '916') include:

John Vasconcellos, Chair  (San Jose)  445-9740
Bruce McPherson, Vice-Chair  (Monterey Bay)  445-5843
Richard Alarcon  (Northridge)  445-7928
Dede Alpert  (San Diego)  445-3952
Wesley Chesbro  (Humboldt)  445-3375
Ray Haynes  (San Marcos)  445-9781
Betty Karnette  (Long Beach)  445-6447
Pete Knight  (Bakersfield)  445-6637
Dick Monteith  (Stanislaus)  445-1392
Jack O'Connell  (San Luis Obispo)  445-5405
Deborah Ortiz  (Sacramento)  445-7807
Jack Scott  (Los Angeles)  445-5976
Byron Sher  (San Jose)  445-6747
Ed Vincent  (Dominguez Hills)  445-2104

Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security
Committee Members and phone number (all area code '916') include:

Sally Havice, Chair (Long Beach)  319-2056
Gloria Negrete McLeod, Vice-Chair (Pomona) 319-2061
Mike Briggs (Fresno) 319-2029
Fred Keeley (Monterey Bay) 319-2027
Carol Migden (San Francisco) 319-2013
Anthony Pescetti (Sacramento) 319-2010
Virginia Strom-Martin (Humboldt) 319-2001


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