California College of the Arts

SEIU 1021

WAITLIST: San Francisco Unity Event – Jan. 26, 2024
Join us to celebrate our hard work together in 2023

It’s that time of year! Join your fellow San Francisco region SEIU 1021 members for food, drinks, music and dancing, raffles, awards, and gift bags with the coolest SEIU 1021 swag (supplies are limited–first come, first served). 

When: Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Hilton Union Square, 333 O’Farrell St.

Members may bring one guest — please indicate below if you plan to bring a guest, as attendance is capped at 400.


California College of the Arts students walk out in protest of staff layoffs
The CCA Student Union organized the walkout and blackout in support of the CCA Staff Union

A year ago, staff at California College of the Arts (CCA) went on a four-day strike in protest of the administration’s illegal labor practices, pushing for a first contract that took over two years (and that strike) to secure. Last month, CCA administration announced their intention to lay off 8-10% of frontline staff in response to lower than expected enrollment – even as they continue to pay their president, Stephen Beal, over $580,000 – more than any other private university president in the Bay Area with the exception of Stanford.


CCA Staff, Adjuncts Ratify Contract with Big Improvements

Last week, staff and adjunct faculty at California College of the Arts voted overwhelmingly—by 98% and 96% respectively–to ratify the tentative agreements reached in the wake of a four-day unfair labor practice (ULP) strike February 8-11. The contract is the first for CCA staff, who voted by a supermajority to form a union with SEIU 1021 in 2019, and the second for CCA adjuncts, who formed their union with SEIU 1021 in 2014.


California College of the Arts Staff, Adjuncts, and Students Lead Powerful ULP Strike
Classes were shut down and community support ran high.

Last week, staff at California College of the Arts (CCA) executed a powerful four-day unfair labor practice (ULP) strike after nearly 2.5 years of trying to negotiate a first contract since they formed their union with SEIU 1021 in 2019. CCA administration’s bargaining team, led by notorious union-busting lawyer Mike Vartain, has stalled, dragged its feet, and done everything possible to avoid addressing workers’ primary concerns: a living wage and basic job security.


California College of the Arts Workers Hit the Picket Lines Tomorrow in First Strike at a California Private College Since 1976
Despite administration’s assertions that an agreement is imminent, they have made no real effort to find common ground on their staff’s priorities—and their staff are done waiting patiently after over 2 years of negotiations and violations of labor law

On Tuesday, February 8, California College of the Arts (CCA) will make history in a way administration might not be proud of, as its staff goes on strike in protest of its unfair labor practices. A huge majority of faculty, including adjunct professors and ranked faculty, are expected to honor the picket lines.


California College of the Arts Staff Vote by 97% to Authorize a Strike
CCA administration has spent the 2 years since they formed their union stalling, delaying, and violating federal labor law, and union members have had enough.

Dec. 13, 2021: In what would be the first strike at a private arts college since 2012–and the latest in a number of strikes in colleges and universities–California College of the Arts (CCA) staff voted by 97% this week to authorize their contract negotiating team to call a strike if administration does not put an immediate stop to violations of labor law and bargain in good faith.

Send a message to CCA administration now!


California College of the Arts Staff Set to Hold Strike Vote 12/7 and 12/8
After 2 years of CCA administration slow-walking contract negotiations and violating labor law, staff still don't have a contract--and they're ready to take more drastic action.

Dec. 6, 2021: More than two years after forming their union with SEIU 1021, joining adjunct faculty in the California College of the Arts (CCA) chapter, staff at CCA still don’t have a first contract. And it’s certainly not for lack of effort on the part of the 1021 bargaining team, who have been making proposals addressing the critical needs identified in their bargaining survey since fall of 2019, including living wages based on the cost of living in the Bay Area; wage transparency with yearly increases; career ladders for advancement; and job security. 


California College of the Arts Staff and Faculty Continue to Fight for a Fair Contract, as the National Labor Relations Board Issues an Unfair Labor Practice Complaint

Since California College of the Art (CCA) staff formed their union with SEIU Local 1021 two years ago, they have been working hard to secure a fair contract with a living wage and job security. CCA non-tenured faculty have also been at the bargaining table for over a year since their first contract expired.


2021 CCA Chapter Election

Monday, April 26, 2021, ballots for the 2021 CCA chapter elections will go out via Election Buddy. Please note, the deadline to request a ballot is Friday, April 30, 2021, and voting will close on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at midnight. 

Please mark your calendars for a Union Town Hall and Candidate Forum on April 28th at 5:30 PM.  The town hall will kick off with bargaining updates, then you’ll have a chance to hear from union officer candidates, and have an opportunity to ask the candidates questions.


SEIU 1021 CCA Bargaining Survey 2019

SEIU 1021 and Faculty Forward in recent years have organized about 13,000 people at 50 colleges across the country. Over 1700 faculty at seven colleges in the Bay Area have organized with SEIU 1021. Faculty Forward is organizing nationally to improve conditions for teachers and students in higher education. Your organizing drive of CCA staff is the first time SEIU Local 1021 has organized non-faculty staff to join adjuncts together in one union.