One of the cornerstones of the California Part-time Faculty Association’s (CPFA) founding principles is to influence California’s legislating process on behalf of the nearly 40,000 part-time faculty in the community college system. In order to do this, CPFA is regularly in Sacramento, working with legislators and their staff to create new legislative solutions addressing a plethora of common issues and concerns of part-time faculty across the state. CPFA has recognized from both history and experience that “local control” falls well short of bringing about the kinds of institutional changes that are desperately needed by precarious part-time employees who make up a clear majority of faculty in the California Community Colleges System (CCC system). That’s why CPFA’s mission is to instigate top-down, legislative action to compliment our local advocacy efforts and achieve equitable working conditions for all part-time faculty.
Governors are not legislating per-say, but they do wield great power with the pen! Read CPFA’s letters to the governor, and stay up-to-date on the latest legislative bills affecting part-time faculty that are waiting on the governor’s desk for approval.
CPFA believes legislating is not just for the politicians, and we encourage our members, and the public, to stay informed about legislation concerning part-time faculty. Now you can go straight to the source. CPFA has been compiling a list of important legislative resources so you can find out exactly how part-time faculty are affected by new or existing state-wide standards.
If you’d like to find out more about how CPFA views its role at the capitol and legislating on behalf of part-time faculty, then read Betting on the CPFA: A Pragmatic Solution to the “Perilous World of the Adjunct Professor”, by John Martin, Chair of the California Part-time Faculty Association, and presented May 5, 2017 at the PAL Conference in Toronto, Canada.