Bargaining Update

Update from the CFA Bargaining Team
May 12, 2014

CFA’s Bargaining Team met with CSU administration last week and made a number of bargaining proposals to the management team. These items included some “green proposals,” personal safety and security issues; expansion of the FERP program; and strengthening existing layoff procedures, among other issues.

As climate change increases in importance and at a moment cities across the country celebrate bicycle commuting, our team proposed recognition of and benefits for members who use alternative transportation to and from the various CSU campuses. 

We also proposed ways to address safety and security issues when members work in unsafe and hazardous environments or face threats of bodily harm while on the job. 

“We are mindful of faculty members who feel unsafe when facing bullying and threats on the job,” said Andy Merrifield, chair of the bargaining team. “We think there are ways in which the contract can encourage administrators to be more responsive to such situations.”

With all of our proposals on the table, the CFA’s Bargaining Team has directly addressed longstanding issues of faculty salary, growing and excessive workload demands, improvements in the day-to-day experience of our jobs, and remedies for the years of economic devastation that have resulted from the CSU underfunding its faculty. 

Having just passed the halfway mark in our 100-Day Contract Countdown, which tracks our progression towards the contract’s expiration June 30, May and June remain critical months in our contract campaign.

We encourage the CSU to accept our proposals and urge Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature to invest in the CSU, so that it may remain a leading force in quality public higher education.