UC-Riverside Faculty Association Supports CSU Strike at the Dominguez Hills Campus

UC Riverside Faculty Association Statement in Support of Striking Colleagues at CSU Dominguez Hills and East Bay

On November 17, 2011, the California Faculty Association, which represents over 20,000 tenure-track and contingent faculty at 23 California State University campuses, will stage one-day strikes at CSU East Bay and CSU Dominguez Hills.

In 2008-09 and 2009-10, California State University faculty were denied contractually guaranteed salary increases because of the state’s ongoing budget crisis. Two independent fact-finders agreed with CFA that the CSU has the resources to pay portions of these increases that were designed to reduce salary disparities among faculty, but the CSU has refused. However, the strikes take place in the context of ongoing bargaining for a new contract, in which the CSU has rebuffed even modest salary and workload proposals, while pursuing a series of “take-backs,” including an assault on the system of three-year contracts for long-term contingent faculty.

The Riverside Faculty Association, an affiliate of the Council of UC Faculty Associations, hereby records its support for CFA’s strike action. We believe the real underlying issues in the CSU and the UC concern the very future of public higher education in California, and we declare our solidarity with our colleagues at CSU.

Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test

This system test is the first of its kind designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public.  In the history of the country, nothing like it has been conducted on such a level.  As you may be aware, there have been tests in the past, but not of this magnitude encompassing all regions of the Nation simultaneously.   

There is great concern in local police and emergency management circles about undue public anxiety over this test.  The test message on TV might not indicate that it is just a test.  Fear is that the lack of an explanation regarding the message might create panic. Please share this information with your family and friends so they are aware of the test.



Rally & APEC Labor Teach-in on Friday, November 11th

STRIKE RALLY on Friday, November 11 at 4:00 p.m. at the Hawaiian Tel Building on Bishop and Beretania Streets.

APEC Teach-in for Hawaii Workers on the IBEW Picket Line starting at 5:00 p.m.  COME LEARN about what the APEC conference is talking about
& what the Banks and Politicians are planning to do to us.

Important Information: Faculty Need for Private Email Addresses

Personnel and Grievance Matters—Keeping the Attorney-Client Privilege

Recent American Bar Association ethics opinions indicate that lawyers have a duty to try to keep client communications secure. Employer owned servers allow the employer to readily access any communications.  UH has no obligation to disclose they have accessed the employees email and can compromise the attorney-client privilege.
UH access to faculty correspondence can harm the ability of UHPA to represent faculty members and maintain confidentiality on grievance and other personnel matters.

UHPA cautions that use of employer provided equipment can also compromise confidential correspondence. Even where faculty has a private email account use of the UH equipment and server can be accessed. It is recommended that home computers and private email addresses be used at all times for personnel and grievance related correspondence. While UH has Wi-Fi access on campus it may require a UH password which can be noted by the employer and be tracked to their equipment.

State Ethics Restrictions on Use of Employer Provided Communications Systems

UHPA cannot use an employer provided communication system to provide UHPA members information regarding legislative activities and electoral politics. Employees are also restricted from communications regarding electioneering and lobbying efforts.

UHPA wants to keep members informed on legislative efforts that address the interests of faculty. A private email address is necessary for these communications to take place.

G-Mail: It’s easy to set up an account and it’s free

Simply click here to set up a private email account. Please send your new email to vena@uhpa.org so UHPA can update your file and you can begin receiving UHPA information.

If you have questions, please contact UHPA at 593-2157 or email us at feedback@uhpa.org.