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Support CFA In Its Struggle for a Fair Salary!

Unit 4 Members Stand with Their Brothers and Sisters in the Faculty Unit

11/11/2015

As you probably know, CFA and CSU are at impasse over salaries for 2015-16.  

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. 

In the face of CSU´s intransigence, CFA members recently authorized a strike with a whopping 94% "YES" vote.  On November 17, 2015, more than 1,000 faculty and their supporters are expected to attend the CSU Board of Trustees meeting at the CSU Chancellor´s Office (401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802) to tell the Trustees just how they feel.  In the meantime, CSU management has begun to tell Unit 4 members to plan "additional activities" for students should CFA go on strike.

Here is what you can do to support your brothers and sisters in the faculty unit: 

  • Attend CFA events on your campus!
  • Attend the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach on November 17, 2015!
  • Inform APC or CFA staff or chapter representatives as soon as you receive an assignment from your supervisor to perform work during a strike that is directly related to instruction for credit!
  • Inform APC staff or chapter representatives as soon as you receive an assignment from your supervisor to perform during a strike that is not directly related to instruction for credit, but 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 for credit 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 for credit allows them to file a grievance or unfair practice charge against CSU for violation of our/their contract and/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 excessive or unreasonable workweek or once you have been required to work more than an average 40-hour work week over a six-month period allows them to file a grievance for violation of our contract. 

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