CFA HEADLINES BUDGET CUTS AND FURLOUGHS LEGISLATION BUDGET CUTS

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CFA HEADLINES
June 23, 2009 · Weekly news digest from CFA

BUDGET CUTS AND FURLOUGHS
· CFA to meet with Admin Thursday
· Chancellor, campus presidents meet on budget cuts
· Q&A on furloughs
· How would faculty workload be reduced with furloughs?
· Why letters to the editor are important
· Attend a rally

LEGISLATION
· Higher Ed Committee hears AB 656

BUDGET CUTS AND FURLOUGHS

· CFA TO MEET WITH ADMIN THURSDAY
CFA leaders will meet with CSU Administration officials Thursday to insist, once
again, on full disclosure of the details of the Chancellor’s proposal for faculty
furloughs.

The Chancellor has proposed that all employees agree to a two day per month
furlough for the coming academic year in the face of huge funding cuts expected
in the 2009/10 CSU budget.

However, he has offered very few details about how such a plan would be
implemented.

The CFA Board of Directors will meet via conference call Tuesday night to
discuss CFA’s objectives for the meeting and the details of a membership vote
on whether to accept the proposal.

A special edition of CFA Headlines will be sent to faculty later this week with an
update on the outcome of the meeting.

· CHANCELLOR, PRESIDENTS MEET ON BUDGET CUTS
CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and his staff are meeting with the 23 campus
Presidents this week to develop a fuller “plan” for dealing with the enormous
budget cuts to the CSU.
Prior to this week’s meetings, CFA leaders on 22 campuses held discussions
with their respective campus Presidents or other top administrators to voice their
concerns about budget cuts and possible furloughs.

The goal of CFA’s meetings with the Presidents was to make sure they
understood faculty frustration and concerns before their meeting with the
Chancellor.

· HAVE A QUESTION? VIEW THE FAQ
Last week CFA introduced a frequently asked questions document to help
respond to faculty concerns about budget cuts and possible furloughs.

That FAQ, can be viewed at:
http://calfac.org/allpdf/Budget_09_10/FAQ_onfurlough_0616.pdf

This document will be updated frequently in the coming weeks.

CFA has set up an email address to which faculty members can send further
questions: furloughsandbudgetcuts@calfac.org

· WHAT WOULD FURLOUGHS MEAN FOR FACULTY
WORKLOAD?
One of the most common questions, among the hundreds of questions that have
poured into CFA’s email address on budget cuts and possible furloughs, is:
How would faculty workload be reduced under the Chancellor’s furlough plan?

As many faculty have pointed out, faculty work is structured differently than that
of other staff and would not be reduced for most faculty by the Chancellor’s
suggestion that campuses be closed two Fridays per month. CFA
representatives have underscored this fact to the administration and asked how
the administration would ensure that a furlough for faculty would in fact involve a
workload reduction commensurate with the proposed temporary salary reduction.

CFA has pointed out that alternative arrangements—for instance, a reduction in
WTUs taught or the “clumping” of furlough days, e.g., at the end of the term, over
Thanksgiving, and so on would better adjust faculty workload. While Chancellor’s
Office representatives acknowledge that the Friday-closure plan does not
address workload concerns of faculty members, they have expressed no support
for possible alternatives.
CFA has informed the CSU that a furlough plan that does not include measures
for proportionate reductions in workload would be perceived as a temporary pay
cut that is unlikely to receive widespread support.

Another core concern of the faculty members who are writing CFA involves the
protection of faculty jobs should the faculty vote to accept the furlough proposal.
Despite repeated CFA demands for details in this area, the Chancellor’s furlough
proposal, as presented to CFA at this time, offers no such guarantee that the
“shared sacrifice” approach of a system-wide furlough would protect even one
faculty member’s job.

· WHY LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ARE IMPORTANT
CFA members often ask, what is the value of sending a letter to the editor?

On Sunday, San Francisco Chronicle Editorial page editor, John Diaz, explained
why letters are so important.

Diaz wrote in his column, “One of my colleagues on the copy desk asked last
week why we were running more letters on the proposed shutdown of state parks
than on the potential elimination of safety-net programs such as health care for
900,000 children, college grants for low-income students and welfare-to-work
assistance. Was it really reflective, she asked, of the letters we were receiving?
In a word, yes.”

During this critical juncture CFA urges faculty members, staff and students to
send letters to the editor of their local newspaper, radio and TV new stations.

Letters show assignment editors that readers, listeners and viewers are
interested in a topic. Letters encourage them to continue to report on that topic
and inform them about how to frame issues.

To learn more about sending a letter to the editor as well as advice on how to
compose a letter, go to: http://www.calfac.org/letter.html

· ATTEND A RALLY
CFA members join with several allies at rallies over the coming days to raise
awareness about the need to strike a fair balance in the budget process between
cuts and targeted tax increases.

Please join CSU colleagues and community allies at the following events to voice
your support for a common sense budget!

       Rally at the Capitol for Education
       Wednesday, June 24, 2009
       10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
       Meet at corner of 7th and J St Sacramento
       March to North Steps of State Capitol for rally
       Hosted by SEIU Local 99

       Home Healthcare Rally
       Thursday, June 25, Noon- 2 p.m.
       Oakland Court House 1301 Clay Street Oakland
       Hosted by UHW

For more information on these and other upcoming rallies contact CFA’s Erin
Hicks at ehicks@calfac.org

LEGISLATION

· HIGHER ED COMMITTEE HEARS AB 656
CFA-sponsored legislation to create a dedicated funding source for California’s
public colleges and universities was heard by the state Assembly Higher
Education Committee Tuesday, but was tabled for two weeks so that another oil
severance measure included in the pending budget plan can be voted on first.

The bill, AB 656, would place a tax on oil and natural gas within California and
direct the roughly $1 billion in revenue to the California State University,
University of California and California Community College systems.

John Travis, Chair of CFA’s Political Action/Legislation Committee told
lawmakers, “AB 656 uses a public resource – oil and natural gas – to provide a
public good – educational opportunities for our state’s residents that will increase
the number of college graduates to address the state’s workforce needs, and
result in taxpaying workers to improve the state’s economy and provide much
needed resources for vital state programs.”

Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, the bill’s author, asked the committee
to hold off on taking a vote on the measure so that oil severance language – that
would not fund higher ed – included in one incarnation of the state budget plan
can be voted upon first.

The committee hearing room was packed with CFA members, CSU students,
and other supporters who came from all over the state to hear the testimony and
to demonstrate their support for the bill. After the bill’s hearing, Assembly
Members Torrico (D-Newark), Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove), and Fiona Ma (D-
San Francisco) addressed the group and vowed to continue fighting for the bill.

Noticeably absent from the hearing was any representative of the CSU
administration or the CSU Board of Trustees.
The Assembly Higher Ed Committee next meets July 7.

You can support AB 656 by joining the Facebook cause at:
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/250878/35918066?m=8267094b


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