Bargaining update from CFA
Dec. 13, 2013

Last week, the CFA bargaining team made a number of proposals to the CSU in the areas of workload, compensation and stability. These proposals come directly from the survey conducted this fall. CFA also has received one proposal from the CSU, and we spent some time inquiring about its purpose.

Negotiators are representing the senior faculty, pre-tenured faculty, lecturers, counselors, coaches and librarians who are covered by the contract, which is set to expire June 30, 2014.

Negotiations between CFA and CSU were positive compared to past years.

“Negotiations over the last two days were cordial, productive and professional,” said Andy Merrifield, chair of the bargaining team and a professor at Sonoma State. “The hard work done by our members in preparing for this bargaining and the open exchanges of ideas on both sides seem to be paying off as we begin. We hope this positive atmosphere continues into our future bargaining sessions.”

CFA leaders have been working hard to prepare for bargaining over the past six months. For example, one proposal concerned “Journey into Change,” a CFA-developed workshop on unconscious bias. We proposed that administrators charged with equity and diversity compliance participate in CFA’s training.

The bargaining team is embracing the principle of solidarity as negotiations continue, helping to move the union – and its 23,000 represented members – forward together.

Future bargaining dates have already been scheduled through June 2014, should it take that long to get a deal. The team looks forward to getting back to the table in the new year.

More bargaining dates and locations are as follows:
• Thursday, Jan. 9 and Friday, Jan. 10 in Long Beach, Chancellor’s Office
• Thursday, Jan. 30 and Friday, Jan. 31 in Long Beach, Chancellor’s Office
• Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14 in Sacramento (Location TBD)