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CFA and CSU Still at Impasse with Clock Ticking Towards Strike

What Unit 4 Members Can Do to Support Their Brothers & Sisters in Unit 3

03/14/2016

CFA and CSU are still at impasse over salaries for 2015-16, and the clock is ticking towards a five-day faculty strike on all 23 campuses on April 13-15 and 18-19, 2016.  

CFA is demanding a modest 5% General Salary Increase (GSI) that would just begin to make up for real salary losses suffered by faculty--and all other CSU employees--since 2007.  CSU is offering no more than a lousy 2% GSI.  Through a "Me-Too" clause in the APC-CSU salary agreement covering 2015-16, any GSI increase beyond 2% won by CFA will also benefit Unit 4 members. 

Recently, you received an e-mail message from your campus president “reminding” you that you cannot go on a sympathy strike to support the faculty, meaning that you have to show up for work and perform your duties as usual during the faculty strike.  That is correct.*  However, there are many ways in which you can lawfully support your brothers and sisters in the faculty unit.  Here are a few of them:

  • Attend CFA events and walk the CFA picket lines before and after you are scheduled to work and during your lunch break (but not when you are scheduled to work)!
  • Wear CFA buttons at work and put CFA posters in your car windows!
  • If there is a picket line in front of and entrance to your building, let the strikers no that you support them and ask them whether there is another entrance to the building without a picket line so that you do not have to cross one! 
  • Inform APC or CFA staff or chapter representatives as soon as you receive an assignment from your supervisor to perform work during the strike that is directly related to instruction and would normally be performed by faculty!
  • Inform APC staff or chapter representatives as soon as you receive an assignment from your supervisor to perform during the strike that  creates a unreasonable or excessive workload for you! 
  • Politely inform any supervisor from whom you receive such an assignment that it violates our contract and/or the bargaining law, without stating or implying that you will refuse to perform the assignment!

More on the last point: 

  • You must perform any assignment that you receive from your supervisor.  Failure to do so is insubordination and grounds for discipline, even if the assignment violates our contract and/or the bargaining law.  The rule is:  "Work now, grieve later!"
  • Any work that is directly related to instruction is Unit 3 work and should not be assigned to Unit 4 members.  However, as just stated, if you receive such an assignment, you must perform it.
  • Immediately informing APC or CFA staff or chapter representatives once you have been assigned work that is directly related to instruction allows them to file a grievance or unfair practice charge against CSU for violation of the APC or CFA contract or the bargaining law. 
  • Our contract protects you from being assigned an "excessive" or "unreasonable" workload and from being required to work more than an average 40-hour work week over any six-month period, even if you are an exempt employee.  (Non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in any week.)
  • Immediately informing APC staff or chapter representatives once you have been assigned work that creates an unreasonable or excessive workweek allows them to file a grievance for violation of the APC contract. 
  • Be aware that during the strike, supervisors may pay special attention to the proper use of sick leave and may not approve any vacation requests, which, as always, have to be made thirty days in advance.

Whatever you do, support CFA in its struggle for a fair salary!  Stand with your brothers and sisters in the faculty unit!

 

*If you have both a Unit 4 and a Unit 3 appointment, you must work when you are scheduled to perform Unit 4 work but you can strike when you are scheduled to perform Unit 3 work.