AUGUST 12, 2003
CFA GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE SPECIAL BULLETIN

A CFA "CALL TO ACTION"

CSU Administration Bill Mandates Faculty Report Outside Employment
SB 971 Circumvents 20-Year CFA-CSU Agreement

Letters to the Legislature Are Needed NOW to STOP This Vindictive Act!

Letters are needed ASAP to Assembly legislative representatives to prevent
the CSU administration from usurping the faculty contract. Senate Bill 971,
in part, unnecessarily mandates CSU faculty to report all outside
employment. The Legislature is on recess until Monday, August 18th. Two
days later, SB 971 will be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee
and, if approved, will be voted on by the full Assembly shortly afterwards.

If faculty want to halt this damaging precedent, letters must be written
immediately urging all Assemblymembers to vote "NO" on SB 971 (Burton),
unless the bill is amended to make the faculty provisions subject to
collective bargaining. (See the back page for a draft letter.)

The bill's faculty reporting mandate supercedes a 20-year provision
included in the existing CFA employee contract, and in every CFA-CSU
contract since 1983! The CSU administration, which is sponsoring SB 971, is
manipulating the legislative process in its attempt to supersede a
long-standing contractual agreement.

Although the CSU administration claims the faculty provision in SB 971 is
needed to address existing inequities, the CSU has provided no
documentation to support this claim other than anecdotal evidence that can
be addressed under the existing contract. Many people in CFA believe the
faculty language in SB 971 is simply a vindictive attack by the CSU to
punish CFA for sponsoring the highly critical state audit of the CSU's
half-billion dollar CMS computer project.

Additionally, in the 20 years that an "outside employment" CFA contract
provision has been in place, the CSU administration has never proposed to
faculty representatives that this provision be changed, even during
contract renewal negotiations currently taking place.

Unless amended, SB 971 will violate the collective bargaining process,
impose new administrative costs, create a climate that encourages
litigation, and provide no safeguards for faculty - or restrictions on
administrators - over how the reported information is used.

It is imperative that letters be written to Assemblymembers ASAP. Phone CFA
Legislative Director David Hawkins at (916) 441-4848 if you have any
questions.

To find out who your legislators are, and your assemblymember's address, go
to:  http://www.assembly.ca.gov/defaulttext.asp and click on "FIND MY
DISTRICT" on the left-hand column.  It will tell you both your district and
your representative's name and address.

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- DRAFT SB 971 LETTER -

Distribute at faculty meetings, and have faculty take 10 minutes to write a
letter. Letters need to be mailed ASAP.

[TODAY'S DATE]

Assemblymember [ASSEMBLYMEMBER'S NAME]
California State Assembly
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA  94249-0001

Dear Assemblymember [ASSEMBLYMEMBER'S NAME],

I am a professor and California Faculty Association member at [YOUR CSU
CAMPUS], and I am writing to urge your "NO" vote on SB 971, unless the bill
is amended to make the faculty provisions subject to collective bargaining.

SB 971's faculty reporting mandate supercedes a 20-year provision in the
existing CFA employee contract, and has been a part of every CFA-CSU
contract since 1983! The CSU administration, which is sponsoring SB 971, is
manipulating the legislative process in its attempt to supersede a
long-standing contractual agreement.

Although the CSU administration claims the faculty provision in SB 971 is
needed to address existing inequities, the CSU has provided no
documentation to support this claim other than anecdotal evidence that can
be addressed under the existing contract.

Additionally, in the 20 years that an "outside employment" provision has
been in our faculty contract, the CSU administration has never proposed to
change it. The CSU administration has not even offered any changes to the
existing contract, even though CFA and the CSU administration are currently
in negotiations.

SB 971 unnecessarily mandates CSU that faculty report outside employment.
SB 971 violates the collective bargaining process, imposes new
administrative costs, creates a climate that encourages litigation, and
provides no safeguards for faculty - or controls for administrators - over
how this reported information is used.

To protect the collective bargaining process, please vote "NO" on SB 971,
or amend the bill to ensure the faculty provisions remain a collective
bargaining issue.

Respectfully,

[YOUR NAME]
[YOUR TITLE OR POSITION, IF ANY]
[YOUR HOME ADDRESS]

cc: California Faculty Association


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