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November 15, 2011

FSU EX COM E-VOTE 11/15/11

On 11/15/11 the Ex Com was sent the following email. The Ex Com voted between 11/15/11 and 11/16/11 to endorse the CFA strike by unanimous vote (10 votes in favor, none opposed).

Dear ExCom,

We’ve been asked to endorse the strike by Cal State faculty (CFA)  at 2 campuses (see below).

Here’s a statement from the CTA that I’ve modified – just barely:

“The Faculty Staff Union at University of Massachusetts Boston stands solidly behind the California Faculty Association’s
participation in a one-day strike on Nov. 17, as well as its concerted actions leading up to the strike. It is not
right that tuition at CSU campuses has risen 23 percent in the past year while students are unable to get
into classes and are forced to take five or more years to graduate. It is not right for the faculty to go
without its modest, bargained pay increases while the number of CSU executives and their pay continue
to increase. In taking this action to strike for a day, the faculty within the California State University
system is standing up for their students and standing up for their profession.”

I’m asking for a vote of the executive committee to endorse such a statement of support.


From: Susan Meisenhelder
Sent: Mon 11/14/2011 10:02 AM
To: John Hess; Heike Schotten
Subject: FW: [QualityHigherEd] request for statements of support
Hi folks,
Could we get a statement of support from FSU?  You two are the only email addresses I have, so if I should make the request elsewhere, let me know.  And wish us luck on Thursday!

-----Original Message-----
From: Susan Meisenhelder
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2011 6:46 AM
To: 'Ferd Wulkan'
Subject: FW: [QualityHigherEd] request for statements of support

Hi Ferd,
Could we get a statement of support from PHENOM?  We'd be so appreciative!

From: Susan Meisenhelder
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2011 8:57 AM
To: QualityHigherEd
Subject: [QualityHigherEd] request for statements of support

Hi folks,

As many of you are aware, two of our campuses are going on strike on Thursday.   As part of our campaign media work, we are gathering statements of support from other organizations/unions.

If your group could send us a short statement of support , that would really help our folks feel supported and part of something larger than our CA struggle.

We are framing our struggle more broadly than just our contractÂ-itÂ's about the role of faculty and the value of instruction in the California State University system, the misplaced priorities of our Chancellor, and a fight for a California State University system that serves the interests of the 99%.  You can see details of our ChancellorÂ's legacy over more than a decadeÂ-massive fee hikes, huge increases in pay for execs, etc. at

If you would be up for this,  itÂ's Â"the thoughtÂ" that counts.  DonÂ't worry about a perfect piece of prose.

As you saw, Gary has blogged about the strike so there are details there  to borrow--

Please send statements directly to me at __________

And if you donÂ't have time to write something, weÂ'd love to add your organizationÂ's name to our list of supporters.

You can see other statements of support at  We would love to add yours!

Thanks so much!