UC-AFT has been working on issues related to receiving unemployment when not working during the summer. This is an ongoing effort to define lecturer rights (does not apply to continuing lecturers who are not eligible in this particular situation).
Please refer to this page linked here for updates in the future as well.
If SB 520 passes, many students could be enrolling in a MOOC (Massive open online course) such as Coursera to take required undergraduate courses, bypassing the courses now offered on campuses by lecturers and faculty. These courses will transfer in to the UC system, the SCU system, and the community college system with full credit. Here is a link to the revised version of the bill as of April 17th, 2013.
There are a lot of issues to consider as online education in several forms impacts our members: workload, intellectual property, quality of education, etc. Below are some links to consider the issues. The union will take positions related to online education, it is important that members communicate locally, and at the state level, on your views and concerns. This is your union to the degree that you speak up and as a union member act to influence its direction.
The California Faculty Association said Wednesday that its members had voted overwhelmingly to authorize two-day strikes at the 23 campuses of the California State University System if disputes with administrators over salaries and other issues are not resolved.
MARCH 1: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION IN DEFENSE PUBLIC EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SERVICES MARCH 2-5: 99 MILE MARCH FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (Oakland to Sacramento) MARCH 5: OCCUPY THE STATE CAPITOL