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CFA Headlines • February 4, 2014

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Bargaining Update
Feb 4, 2014

CFA’s Bargaining Team met with the management team for two days in Long Beach on January 30-31. As it has been so far, the CFA negotiators found the meetings to be professional and cordial.

The sides devoted much of last Thursday to discussing the grievance and discipline articles in the faculty contract. Both sides agreed that settling disciplinary actions and grievances quickly is important for the university system and for the efficacy of the process. Each side had ideas about ways to accomplish this goal.

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CFA addressed Trustees on faculty workload

The CSU Board of Trustees held their regular bi-monthly meeting at the Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach last week (Jan. 28 & 29) and CFA was there to address the collective bargaining committee.

At that committee meeting, CFA explained an issue about which the Trustees have little information—the problems associated with excessive and growing work demands that are harmful to students’ education, particularly as class sizes keeping going up. 

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Chancellor White delivers “State of the University” address
Calls for more tenure-track hiring

CSU Chancellor White

CSU Chancellor Timothy White gave a “State of the University” address to Trustees and observers in which he outlined the importance of the CSU to California and the urgent need to provide adequate support for public higher education.

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CFA Spring Kickoff highlights contract, budget issues

Greater participation in the union, a strong push for a fair contract, and advocacy for more state funding for the CSU were the top issues addressed at CFA’s spring kickoff.

More than 150 CFA officers, leaders, activists and staff attended the two-day conference, held in Los Angeles.

The first day, the sessions examined ways to take action on the need for more state funding for the CSU and to show support for the CFA Bargaining Team, which is negotiating with CSU management on the current faculty contract, set to expire June 30.

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Tenure-line & Contingent unity
A model for confronting the faculty workforce crisis

CFA’s focus on building a stable faculty workforce is examined in a case study included in a recent collection, Equality for Contingent Faculty: Overcoming a Two-Tier System (Vanderbilt University Press, editor Keith Hoeller). 

The case study shows how CFA is a model for ways to confront contingency directly by increasing the number of tenurable positions, while at the same time improving the job security and working conditions of those faculty off the tenure line. 

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SFSU closes Sciences Building after discovery of hazards

Faculty at San Francisco State are coping with new turmoil caused by the complete closure of the Sciences Building after the discovery of environmental hazards that include lead, mercury and asbestos.

Hundreds of faculty and staff and an estimated 9000 students who would normally attend classes and conduct lab studies there are affected.

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Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Important Deadlines for Probationary Faculty

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

FACULTY RIGHTS TIP: Important Deadlines for Probationary Faculty

As we enter the spring term most campuses are now well into the Review, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) cycles for probationary faculty. There are two important deadlines that all probationary faculty should know.

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Links of the week • Feb. 4, 2014

The New Old Labor Crisis: Think being an adjunct professor is hard? Try being a black adjunct professor
Tressie McMillan Cottom explains why being an adjunct is tough and being a black adjunct is even tougher, if you can get a job teaching in any strata of higher education.—Slate

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