Goals of Meeting • Review the budget fights how they are related to bargaining • Discuss upcoming successor contract bargaining and faculty priorities • How we can help meet our goal to bargain an equitable successor contract that builds faculty power
Build Strength on Campus this Fall • Increase our membership • Bargaining and Budget meetings • Bargaining Survey • Identify and involve new campus activists • Help Student Interns create network of student support for fight ahead • Begin planning campus actions for the contract and budget battles ahead
Budget Battle 2003-04 • Over the last two years the CSU’s budget was slashed by half a billion dollars. • Teaching and learning suffers as faculty, students, and staff carry the burden of the cuts. • Student fees have increased by 63% -- so far. • Classes have been cut back drastically. • Class size has increased dramatically. • Faculty & staff have lost jobs. • CSU faculty have had NO general salary increases for two years.
Impact of Budget Cuts • In California where the cost of living is the highest in the nation students are paying more and getting less • In California where the cost of living is the highest in the nation faculty are working more and earning less
The State Budget • The bad news: This year the state will have to confront the problems that were avoided in 2004-05. The budget battle for 2005-06 promises to be another life and death struggle. • The good news: In the last budget fight hard work by faculty students and staff saved $40 million of CSU funding. We must wage this battle again—stronger, smarter, faster.
Budget Fight 2003-04:How did we do it? • Political/Legislative activity: • Lobbying • Letter, fax, phone call blasts • Working for legislators who Stand Up for the CSU
Street Heat 3000 Students, Faculty and Staff at the April 26th Rally (2004) in front of Governor Schwarzenneger's Regional Office, Downtown Los Angeles
Protect the CSU Budget Influence the people who influence the policy makers
HOW SUCCESSFUL WAS OUR CAMPAIGN? • Restored: $40 Million to the CSU Budget • Saved: Student Success programs - EOP • Protected: Student Financial Aid • Lowered: Graduate Student Fee increases
2005-06 Budget Battle Phase One: Election 2004 • Voter Registration Drive • Elect legislators who will Rebuild the CSU • Educate campus about propositions on the ballot that affect the state budget – Propositions 72 and 66
Bargain a Contract that Rebuilds the CSU • Protect students and faculty from overcrowded class sections • Ensure that campuses provide adequate numbers of course sections to meet student need • Ensure that the CSU can attract and retain faculty to educate our students • Ensure that our students get the one-on-one time with faculty they need to succeed
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Ways you can participate: • Work against budget cuts • Recruit members to CFA • Support bargaining • Lobby Legislators • Community outreach • Whatever it takes! • SIGN UP TODAY!