*Council of UC Faculty Associations and AAUP partnership

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) today announced that they have agreed to work together as partner organizations in “defense and promotion of academic freedom, shared university governance, and the economic security of all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education.” In a formal agreement approved by the governing bodies of both organizations and signed last week, the faculty groups “agreed to join together as independent but allied and cooperating entities.” Under the arrangement, which will last for three years and is renewable, individual members of the nine campus faculty associations affiliated with CUCFA will be eligible to join the AAUP at special dues rates payable through […]

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* California public higher education coalition letter to Gov. Brown

Pasted below is the text of a union coalition letter that was sent today, December 15, 2014, to Governor Brown and other state leaders, as well as the leaders of the three higher ed systems.   Dear Governor Brown: The escalating crisis in higher education requires a reaffirmation of the State of California’s commitment to the Master Plan for Higher Education. As key stakeholders representing well over 2 million students, staff and faculty throughout the State’s three higher education systems — California Community Colleges, California State University and the University of California — we are ready to work with your office, the State Legislature and university administrators to address this crisis. The Master Plan is in jeopardy. Tuition and administrative costs […]

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*SCFA Letter of Support for the PuertoRican Association of Faculty Professors (APPU)

The following letter was sent to the APPU (Puerto Rican Association of University Professors) in support of their campaign to become a faculty union recognized as a legitimate agent for collective bargaining at the University of Puerto Rico.  Our endorsement of their petition was sent to the President of the Board of Governors, Dr. Jorge Sánchez. ********************************* December 4, 2014 Dr. Jorge I. Sánchez Colón, President Board of Governors University of Puerto Rico San Juan, PR 00931-3400 Dear Dr. Sánchez: I write as Chair of the University of California Santa Cruz Faculty Association (SCFA) and representative of the association’s board to express our support for the efforts Puerto Rican Association of University Professors’ (APPU) to achieve collective bargaining rights for […]

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* CUCFA statement on UC’s planned tuition increases

Below please find a letter that The Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA), the systemwide organization of which the UCSC Faculty Association is a member, sent today to President Napolitano and the UC Regents regarding their recent proposal to raise tuition up to 5% per year for the next five years. ___________________________ The Council of UC Faculty Associations holds Governor Jerry Brown’s slashing of public higher education responsible for UC President Napolitano’s recent proposal to budget for 5% tuition increases every year for the next 5 years. Raising tuition is not the solution. There is a better way: provide California students and their families high quality, affordable higher education, as defined by the California Master Plan for Higher Education. The […]

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* SCFA 2013-14 Annual Report

The SCFA’s work in the past year has, as in recent years, been largely conditioned by the ongoing funding crisis in public education in California, and its ongoing consequences for faculty research, teaching, and welfare. Online education, which was once conceived as a potential fiscal fix, has been a primary focus. The SCFA is uniquely positioned in the system due to the extent of its bargaining rights and authority, and this means that what we accomplish in our contract negotiations will have system-wide significance in this domain. We have continued our work as liaison and information provider regarding system-wide issues such as health and retirement benefits, and have also worked with other unions on campus—particularly the UAW, representing graduate students—on […]

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