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CSU management rejects faculty salary proposal one day after Trustees approve raises for top execs

From left: CFA Bargaining Team Members Molly Talcott, Jennifer Eagan, Kevin Wehr, Lois Boulgarides and Michele Barr demonstrate “Five or FIGHT!” outside the Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach.

Negotiations between the California Faculty Association and CSU management proved unproductive this week, with management rejecting CFA’s proposal for faculty salary increases.

The CFA Bargaining Team and CSU management met in Long Beach Wednesday to continue bargaining over salary for the 2015/16 academic year. 

CFA is asking for a 5% General Salary Increase (GSI) and a 2.65% Service Salary Increase (SSI) for eligible faculty below the SSI maximum. Despite our willingness to negotiate and presenting management with data and stories of faculty hardships, virtually the first word from CSU management was “no,” said Kevin Wehr, CFA Bargaining Team Chair.

Both sides agreed that we are at impasse.

“It is absolutely disheartening that Chancellor White and his management team doesn’t value the faculty enough to invest in us, and, by extension, our students,” said Jennifer Eagan, CFA president and a Professor at Cal State East Bay.

The declaration of impasse comes just one day after CSU Trustees approved 2% raises for Chancellor White, campus presidents and system executives, who earn between $236,484 and $422,300 per year, according to a committee report to Trustees.

  • Click here to read CFA’s bargaining update to faculty.
  • Click here for a list of news coverage regarding salary increases for CSU executives.
  • Click here to read CFA’s four-part “Race to the Bottom” series, which analyzes the CSU administration’s priorities and the impact on faculty and students.

Negotiations now will move further into the statutory process outlined by the California Higher Education Employment Relations Act. The next stage is mediation.