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CFA HEADLINES ∙ February 11, 2014

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Valentine’s week means “heartfelt” events statewide

Dozens of faculty flooded Java City in the library at Sacramento State to participate in a “Calfac-uccino” hosted by the CFA Capitol Chapter on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Over free coffee, members chatted about the state budget and its impact on funding for the CSU, contract talks and faculty rights issues.

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CFA Campus Chapters host All-Faculty Meetings on contract talks & CSU funding

This week, the CFA chapter at Dominguez Hills will hold the next All-Faculty Meeting, gatherings that are being organized on all 23 CSU campuses this spring.

The Capitol Chapter at Sac State held the first meeting in late January.

“Members of the bargaining team and CFA officers are traveling to all of the 23 campuses to brief CSU faculty on bargaining and update them on the status of the CSU budget,” said Andy Merrifield, Chair of the CFA Bargaining Team. “We urge all CSU faculty members to get informed by attending the meeting on your campus.”

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Last call for budget messages to legislators

Over the past few weeks, thousands of faculty, students and CSU supporters have sent messages to their legislators advocating for more funding for the CSU than is contained in Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget.

While the governor is proposing a state budget that would increase funding for the CSU by about 5 percent, it still falls short of the much-needed funding the CSU Board of Trustees requested and that the system desperately needs.

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California AAUP tackles strategies to strengthen faculty organizations

The California Conference of the American Association of University Professors held its annual meeting last weekend where long-time CFA leader Elizabeth Hoffman gave a keynote.

Hoffman, who taught in the CSU throughout the historic development of the faculty’s union, related how CFA built the kind of unity among California State University faculty that could get better contracts, better teaching conditions and a better public university overall.

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Equity Conference to be held March 7, 8
A Journey For Change: Re-Visioning A Better CSU

Helping to create a more diversified CSU, combating assaults on effective teaching methods, and examining the challenges facing public education funding in California—these are among the main points of the Council for Affirmative Action’s 2014 Equity Conference.

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PPIC Poll: Californians favor increased public higher ed funding

The Public Policy Institute of California has just released a new report with interesting poll results on Californian’s spending priorities. The “Californians and Their Government” survey is conducted periodically to examine the social, economic, and political trends that influence public policy preferences and ballot choices.

According to the 35-page report:

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Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Definitions Are Important

This weekly CFA Headlines feature offers a brief “Faculty Rights Tip” or short information piece about the faculty contract.

FACULTY RIGHTS TIP:  Definitions Are Important

Article 2 of our Faculty Contract specifically defines certain terms used throughout the agreement.

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Links of the Week

A first for CSU Long Beach
Jane Close Conoley to be the first female president in CSU Long Beach history. — Long Beach Press Telegram

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