The following is a brief and superficial listing of CUCFA accomplishments. More details of recent CUCFA activities are available on the news page. Additionally, CUCFA representatives attend a dozen or more legislative hearings, Regents’ meetings, UCRS advisory board meetings, or meetings with UCOP staff each year — frequently speaking on behalf of faculty interests at these meetings.
2017 – Forced UC to withdraw a proposal to remove the 70% floor on employer retiree health contributions.
2017 – Won major press coverage of our effort to have the Governor follow the state Constitution when nominating Regents.
2017 – Launched the $48 Fix campaign to Reclaim California’s Public Higher Education systems
2016 – Promulgated a set of principles for choosing new University of California Chancellors
2016 – Strongly opposed the 2016 Tier Pension Plan
2015 – Successfully opposed a plan to limit UC healthcare options
2015 – Opposed State Constitutional Amendment 1, which would have stripped UC of its constitutional authority
2014 – Successfully opposed a tuition hike
2014 – Formed a partnership with the American Association of University Professors
2013 – Successfully opposed cuts to central funding of campus healthcare facilitators.
2013 – Was a vital part of the opposition to SB 520, Senator Steinberg’s bill that could have at one point required UC to purchase MOOCs through private companies, and challenged UC’s MOOC contract, which asked faculty to sign over all intellectual property rights to their lectures when MOOC providers did not require this.
2011 – Successfully opposed the unconstitutional appointment of David Crane as a UC Regent.
2011 – After years of effort at increasing faculty input into UC Retirement System changes, and greater transparency in the UCRS decision making process, the UCRS Advisory Committee began publishing meeting agendas and minutes. Many thanks to John Oakley for his efforts toward this.
2010 – FA leaders spoke at the March 4th rally in defense of public education funding on the steps of the state capitol.
2009 – CUCFA President Bob Meister produced a well received series of articles, presentations and interviews about UC’s use of student fees as collateral for construction bonds.
2009 – Completely overhauled the Keep California’s Promise website, with an ever growing database of hundreds of relevant news clippings, a reader’s comments system, tools to encourage activism (including legislative district maps and a calendar of upcoming events) and new research papers and essays by Stanton A. Glantz, Bob Meister, George Lakoff, Nelson Lichtenstein, Richard Evans, and others.
2009 – Successfully agitated for more representatives from UC’s teaching faculty on the new Commission for the Future of UC
2009 – Opposed UCOP’s declaration of financial emergency and imposition of furloughs on a variety of grounds, including that the language of “emergency” is a bad way to think about a decade of financial decline and that the fall back reliance on “inherent powers” to authorize the furloughs diminished the process in which the UC community participated in good faith.
2009 – Successfully opposed legislation that would have damaged UC autonomy, and the protection such autonomy provides faculty’s academic freedom from political interference.
2008 – Opposed a plan (which UCOP later dropped) to outsource UCRP’s benefits administration.
2008 – CUCFA officers spent a day personally delivering our newly drafted position paper “Restoring the Promise”, a faculty perspective on the higher education budget to the state capitol. And followed up a month later by participating in the massive march and rally protesting proposed cuts to state funding of higher education.
2007 – Participated in the passage of legislation by state Senator Yee (SCR 52) which would allow faculty a voice in UC Retirement System governance.
2006 – Supported legislation requiring greater transparency in executive compensation while successfully opposing legislation with punishments for recently discovered excesses in UC executive compensation that ranged from the revocation of UC’s Constitutional autonomy, to the loss of UC’s state funding.
2006 – Hand delivered the UCPB Report on The Future of the University of California, with our own cover letter, to members of the California Senate and Assembly sitting on education budget committees.
2005 – Successfully opposed a legislative proposal (ACA5) to eliminate all defined benefit retirement programs for new public employees in California
2005 – Successfully defeated legislation (AB 992) that would have allowed UC police to engage in electronic recording of conversations without a person’s consent and without a warrant.
2004 – Public outreach website Keep California’s Promise is launched by CUCFA affiliated faculty, later CUCFA became operator of the site.
2003 – Successfully opposed bills mandating higher teaching loads by educating legislators about how teaching loads are set and what they mean in terms of actual work performed by faculty.
2002 – Asked UC to agree that parking lost to construction should be replaced out of the construction budget, not out of higher parking fees.
2000 – We got a law passed that clarified that professors, not the University, own their lectures.
1998-99 – Our lobbying efforts helped to obtain a $10 million augmentation in the state budget in support of library print collections systemwide, plus an augmentation for the replacement of obsolete instructional equipment.
1997-98 – We supported domestic partner benefits in letters to the Regents and formally opposed a legislative measure that would have prevented both UC and CSU from providing them.
1997 – Our newsletter covered the subject of changes in the policies concerning “buybacks” of lost UCRP service credit providing general information to guide faculty through this difficult and complex subject.
1996 – Killed a bill which would have precluded faculty from assigning their own textbooks.
1994-95 – The FAs met with the Administration in Oakland to discuss restructuring UC Care into a point of service plan. We monitored every step in the revision, making sure that Oakland took into consideration faculty interests in such matters as out-of-area coverage.
1994 – The FAs published a major article in our Newsletters, “VERIP III: How Much is it Worth?” We provided a financial framework to help faculty evaluate their options.
1994 – We published an article about lump sum cashouts–pros and cons.
1994 – Worked to prevent the state from taking an extra share of University overhead funds.
1993-94 – The FAs filed an unfair labor practice charge against the University in an effort to compel payment of the merit increases for the second half of the 1991-92 fiscal year. We supported other faculty groups who were also trying to force the University to pay these postponed merit increases. A class action suit was finally successful. FA faculty members testified at the hearing to determine lawyers’ fees in the class action suit against the University. On the basis of that testimony, the judge lowered the lawyers’ fees. In October of 1994 we published a newsletter article outlining for faculty who had received merit increases the issues involved in whether they should stay in the successful class action suit against the University or opt out.
1993 – Published a newsletter that brought to the attention of the faculty the future erosion of health benefits.
1990 – Raised funds in a campaign to support Proposition 111, a constitutional amendment to solve serious problems plaguing state fiscal policy. Prop 111 changed the formula that set the Gann Spending Limit, passed by voters in 1989 as Prop 4. Inflation, which reflects a national trend in the cost of living, would be replaced by the percentage of growth in California personal income, which more accurately reflects the economic conditions of the state. Unless the formula was changed, the state would have had to cut its level of support for higher education, health, transportation, and other essential programs in the face of tremendously increasing population and demand for these services.
1988-89 – The FA lobbyist blocked a proposal by the state Legislative Analyst to withhold additional funding from the UC benefits package.
1987-88 – The FA lobbyist argued successfully before the legislature that faculty should receive a 5.7% salary increase instead of 3.0%. The FA lobbyist’s efforts to get the full 5.7% were called “outstanding” by the UC Administration.
1987 – Campaign against S.B. 1332 (McCorquodale) This bill would have resulted in the imposition of significant payroll and administrative costs on employees who directed their contributions to any plan or third party broker of their choice. In a letter to the California Senate, the Governor cited the Council of UC FAs’ opposition to this bill. The Council was opposed because it came too late–UC already had a highly satisfactory program for employee choice.
1986-87 – The FAs were active in persuading UC to offer expanded dental coverage.
1986-87 – The FA lobbyist urged that the Univ. of Wisconsin, which paid much lower salaries than the other seven comparison universities, be replaced as a comparable institution to UC in determining parity wage increases.
1986 – UC Faculty Associations collected over $396,000 for the campaign against Prop. 61, which would have imposed a constitutional limitation on the combined salaries and benefits of all state employees including UC faculty of $64,000. Prop 61 was defeated. The FAs were able to perform this service, whereas the University was not, because we are an independent nonprofit organization that receives no state funds. Even if Prop 61 had been blocked without FA support, the failure to make this defensive effort would have left a very strong impression in the minds of the legislature. The faculty would have been seen as unwilling to make any kind of contribution to defend its interests and therefore the Council would have had less credibility in future negotiations over faculty salaries.
1986 – All regular faculty were made eligible for employer-paid life insurance as a result of FA efforts. Formerly, the maximum coverage for an eligible employee was $5,000; now it was increased to the amount of an employee’s annual salary up to a maximum of $50,000.
1986 – We lobbied for two short term nonindustrial disability insurance plans. Formerly, only Plan A existed. The FAs argued that a second plan B be created, and that faculty automatically be placed in this plan instead of Plan A which was not suited to faculty needs.
1986 – We urged the elimination of remarriage restrictions; in the past, UCRS pre-retirement survivor benefits had been payable to an eligible surviving spouse only if the spouse were unmarried. Now surviving spouses can remarry and still receive benefits.
1986 – The FAs urged UCRS to calculate attained age on the date of retirement in complete months. Until this time, age at the preceding birthday was used.
1986 – The FAs hired professionals to assemble a booklet of information about UCRS and Social Security, to help faculty decide whether they should coordinate their benefits with Social Security or not.
1986 – We lobbied for a one-time ad hoc COLA to restore UCRS members who retired between 1962 and 1976 to 75% of their purchasing power as measured by the cumulative Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the time of their retirement; increases ranged from 2.47% to 14.37%.
1985-86 – Our lobbyist argued successfully before the legislature that faculty should receive an 8.8% range increase instead of 6.7%.
1985-86 – We urged UC to unbundle the present voluntary, employee-paid-for life insurance from the disability insurance. It duplicated and overlapped with the disability provisions under other University programs.
1985 – The FAs successfully persuaded the University to offer faculty additional investment options through an outside manager of a family of funds; Fidelity and Calvert were added to the possible investment selections.
1985 – We asked the Administration to clarify with table and charts whether or not employees should “buy back” UCRS service credit when they go on leave or take sabbatical.
1984 – The FAs urged a 3% reduction in UCRS employee contributions: they were reduced by 1%.
1981 – The FAs lobbied for an employer sponsored dental plan, and the Regents approved dental plans for UC employees. The FA was then active in informing faculty about the dental coverage options open to faculty.
1980 – The FAs began urging parity at UC with PERS (Public Employees Retirement System).
1980 – The threat of collective bargaining by faculty pressured the UC Administration to offer a “cafeteria” of benefits, both in terms of health care and investment opportunities over a period of years.
1979 – Successfully lobbied to override the Governor’s veto of a 14.5% salary increase.
1978-79 the FAs argued before the state Supreme Court to contest the salary freeze which resulted from Prop 13; the result — faculty were awarded a lump sum equal to 5 1/4% of their 1978-79 academic year salaries.
1978 – HEERA, Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act, AKA the Berman Act, passed. CUCFA founded and first Chaired by David Feller, Labor Professor at UCB.