CFA GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE WEEKLY REPORT
"LEGISLATIVE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEES APPROVE KEY CFA PROPOSALS"
2002 EDITION - Issue No. 13
May 24, 2002

CONTENTS:


LEGISLATIVE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEES APPROVE KEY CFA PROPOSALS

The Senate and Assembly budget subcommittees concluded work this
week on their CSU budget recommendations.  The budget
subcommittee actions will be forwarded to the Assembly and Senate
early next week, and a Budget Conference Committee comprised of
Assembly and Senate representatives is expected to begin hearings
shortly thereafter. The conference committee's task will be to
reach agreement on a 2002-03 budget to be voted on by the
Legislature - requiring a two-thirds vote for approval - and
forwarded to Governor Gray Davis.

The Assembly subcommittee adopted CFA-sponsored budget language
prohibiting the CSU administration from cutting instructional
programs and student services to absorb budget reductions, and
directing the CSU administration to provide a comprehensive
report on faculty compensation. Responding to CFA concerns over
administrative growth, the Assembly budget subcommittee
recommended unanimously a minimum $2.9 million reduction in
funding for executive management positions.

The actual budget language protecting instructional programs and
student services from CSU budget cuts will be finalized next
week. While the Assembly and Senate approved budget language to
ensure that the CSU will make $43 million in targeted cuts
proposed by Governor Gray Davis, (thus prohibiting the CSU
administration from passing the cuts onto campuses on a pro rata
basis), only the Assembly subcommittee approved language
protecting instruction and student services.

The nearly $3 million in proposed cuts to the CSU administration
is a result of CFA's efforts to educate legislators and the Davis
administration about recent trends showing declines in the
instructional budget as a percentage of the CSU total budget,
while administrative expenditures continued to increase.
According to CSU's own data, administrative costs increased by
35.3 percent between 1997-2001, while funding for instruction
increased by only 14 percent. As a percentage of the total CSU
budget, overall funding for instruction declined and
administrative expenditures increased during this same period.

The CFA-sponsored faculty compensation study adopted by the
Assembly subcommittee would require the CSU to provide a report
to the Legislature outlining the total budgeted and expended
faculty compensation dollars from 2000-01 to 2002-03. CFA has
argued that monies intended for faculty salaries and benefits
have been diverted by the CSU administration to fund other CSU
programs, and this study would be essential in documenting
non-compensation expenditures.

Both the Senate and Assembly approved appropriations to fully
fund CFA's contract provisions. The CSU administration continues
to claim the recent CSU Board of Trustees action approving a 15
percent increase in the non-resident student fee is needed to pay
for faculty compensation increases included in this year's
ratified CSU faculty contract. (CFA-GRO staff were told by
legislative staff that the CSU administration was telling
legislators that CFA advocated for the student fee increase.) CFA
testified at the legislative budget hearings indicating
opposition to student fee increases and support for maintaining
student access to CSU campuses. It was also stated that CFA has
consistently held the position that all of the new contract's
provisions could be funded with the existing CSU budget, and that
CFA did not - officially or unofficially - ever propose a
non-resident student fee increase to pay for the faculty
compensation increases.


SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER LEADS CFA'S FUNDRAISING EFFORTS FOR GEORGE
DIEHR - CFA ENDORSED CANDIDATE FOR THE CALPERS BOARD; OTHER
CHAPTERS CLOSE BEHIND

CFA's San Francisco Chapter is leading the way in fundraising for
CFA candidate George Diehr.  Diehr, Chair of CFA's Contract
Development/Bargaining Strategy Committee, is running for the
open state active seat on the CalPERS Board of Administration.

Chapters are being asked to raise a minimum of $500 per chapter
from their membership.  To date, our San Francisco chapter leads
the challenge by raising 60% (or $300) of its goal from four
contributors.  Good work folks!

Closely following is our San Jose chapter raising 45% (or $225)
from four contributors.  Long Beach and Dominiguez Hills fill the
third and fourth place slots by raising 35% (or $175) and 29% (or
$145) respectively.

If you're holding onto checks, please mail them to the GRO (400
Capitol Mall, Suite 1950, Sacramento, CA 95814) immediately.
Early money is the best money in campaigns!  If you have pledges,
please try to collect them as soon as possible.  Checks should be
made payable to "George Diehr for CalPERS Board."

Stay tuned next week for our next fundraising report!


CFA DELIVERS RESPONSE TO DRAFT REPORT AS MASTER PLAN PROCESS
MOVES FORWARD

The Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education -
Kindergarten Through University, chaired by Senator Dede Alpert
(D-San Diego), is hosting a series of regional town hall meetings
in order to gather feedback on the first draft of the plan.  CFA
has completed a response to the draft and submitted it to the
committee.  In addition to participating in hearings on the plan
at the State Capitol, CFA is encouraging members to attend the
various regional meetings.  The formats and focus of the regional
meetings may vary based on the interests and preferences of the
particular legislator/host for each meeting.

Hearings are currently scheduled for the locations listed below.
CFA will be calling on local members to represent us at these
district hearings.

1) June 6, 2002, from 2:00 - 5:00pm at the San Diego Natural
   History Museum in Balboa Park (please note the change in
   location from the previous GRO report)

2) June 7, 2002, from 4:00 - 7:00pm at West Los Angeles Community
   College

3) June 28, 2002, from 10:00am - 12:00 noon at Sonoma State
   University

4) June 28, 2002, from 3:00 - 7:00pm at Pasadena City College

Other town hall meetings may still be scheduled.  In addition to
these meetings, the committee is sponsoring online discussion
groups from June 3 - June 14 to encourage public dialogue in
development of the plan.  To learn more about this innovative
process visit the Master Plan's webpage at:
http://www.sen.ca.gov/masterplan


CFA-SPONSORED LECTURERS BILL PASSES KEY LEGISLATIVE HURDLE

Despite a state budget deficit approaching $25 billion, and the
bill's potential costs to the CSU of $4.9 million annually,
CFA-sponsored AB 2549 (Nation) was approved 17-7 by the Assembly
Appropriations Committee this week. AB 2549 would allow CSU
lecturers teaching half-time (defined as 6 weighted units) to
receive CalPERS retirement benefits, subject to a collective
bargaining agreement. AB 2549 will go the Assembly floor next
week where its approval is expected.

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