CFA Kickoff preps for new Academic Year

Faculty from all 23 campuses gathered in Sacramento at the CFA Kickoff marking the start of the 2014/15 Academic Year. Top on the agenda was a review of contract talks.

The Kickoff came hot off three days of negotiations between CFA’s and the Chancellor’s bargaining teams.

Kickoff participants considered ways to help the CFA bargaining team by turning up the heat when classes resume on the campuses in the coming weeks.

CFA President Lillian Taiz told the gathering, “It is time for us to have a contract that will help improve our faculty’s ability to provide both quality education to our students and a decent life for our families.

“Our commitment to student success,” Taiz said, “demands that we are able to attract and retain the capable faculty who will have the time and tools to guide our students through their higher education experience.”

CFA Bargaining Team chair Andy Merrifield told Kickoff attendees that while the new CSU chancellor has set a much better tone in bargaining than in the past, that does not mean everything is better.

“We still must press CSU management to know that we are serious about the necessary recovery from these difficult years. And, that is true at the campus level as well as system-wide,” Merrifield said.

The attendees planned activities for the coming term, including presentations for all faculty members on the campuses by CFA Bargaining Team members. The full schedule is to be determined soon.

Photo: CFA activists gathered over coffee last Friday morning as the CFA 2014/15 Kickoff was about to begin.
Left to right: San Bernardino faculty member Patricia Little, San Bernardino CFA Chapter President Marcia Marx, CFA President Lillian Taiz, CFA Associate Vice President Lecturers-South Leslie Bryan.