I got my flu shot!

October 9, 2009

Getting my flu shot

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SJSU Rally for Higher Education on October 12

October 6, 2009

Meet and greet Torrico & Garamendi

Assemblyman and Assembly Majority Leader, Alberto Torrico, and Lt. Governor John Garamendi

By: Liz Cara for the SJSU-CFA Executive Board

Alberto Torrico will use this day to initiate his campaign to pass AB 656, the oil severance task dedicated to higher education. All campus unions, UC, Community Colleges, and K12 students are supporting this measure and this event.

The meet and greet is Monday Oct 12 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the University Room of the SJSU Student Union followed immediately by a rally from 12 noon – 1 p.m., 7 Th Street Plaza.

This is the kick-off event for a week of action at each of the 23 CSU campuses. This event will have a high media presence and will be crucial for solutions to the CSU budget crisis.

Please support this event and Alberto Torrico’s bill sponsored by CFA to bring in one billion dollars each year to public higher education. To request flyers, call CFA at (408) 924-6501 or e-mail calfac@sjsu.edu. Use your anger about furloughs, job cuts, fewer classes, and less students and show your support at this event.


From South Bay Labor Council (SBLC):

October 1, 2009

Amy Dean to speak Oct. 12

Amy Dean, former SBLC head, to speak about her new book

Amy DeanAmy Dean, the youngest person and first woman head of a major labor federation when she was elected in 1993 as executive officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, will speak as part of Working Partnerships Leadership Network’s Social Innovators Series on Monday, Oct. 12. She founded Working Partnerships USA in 1995.

Dean, co-author of “A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement,” will be joined in her conversation by Cindy Chavez, current executive director of Working Partnerships USA and executive officer of the Labor Council.

The 5:30 p.m. event will be held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall at 2125 Canoas Garden Ave. Hearty refreshments will be served and those wishing to attend should RSVP to Chase Inman at (408) 269-7872 or by e-mail to chase@atwork.org by Monday, Oct. 5.

This is the second event in the Social Innovators Series, sponsored by PG&E and co-hosted by the American Leadership Forum.


No progress toward safety

October 1, 2009

Cyclist at SJSU

The problem with HPV’s at SJSU
I am not against bicyclists, or bicycling, but I am seriously against the very dangerous use of them. I am an avid cyclist. I know that cycling, even done carefully, can result in serious injury or death. Life is full of risk. I am not against anything that involves a risk, but I am against unnecessary needless risk. Risk needs to be taken carefully, that is why we have “Risk Management” at SJSU.

I am against what I feel is a grossly dangerous unmanaged risk situation. That is why I have been complaining for years about how bicycles and other human powered vehicles (HPVs) are currently being used, and I think abused, on the sidewalks at SJSU.

I am a union steward and have filed grievances. I will continue to file grievances, complain, document and make public what I feel is a danger as long as I am able, or the problem gets fixed!

The ironic thing is I am not only advocating for the pedestrians at SJSU, I feel I am advocating for the safety of the cyclists, skateboarders and other users of HPVs at SJSU.

I have been in a serious bicycle accident. Everyday I suffer pain and discomfort from that accident. I know what that feels like and I know what knowing that the pain will NEVER go away feels like. Judging by the way some people who use HPVs navigate the campus, I doubt many of them do.

In my opinion, so far the university has done nothing to manage the risk on our campus.

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