Campus Equity Pay: San Jose, Sonoma & San Luis Obispo

CSU presidents at San Jose, Sonoma and San Luis Obispo have initiated Equity Pay Programs.

While campus CFA Chapter leaders welcome the positives the programs will bring to many CSU faculty, the rocky road to fairness in the pay structure continues to be fraught with troubles.


“For the first time in seven years, the administration on this campus has formally recognized that the faculty salary structure is riddled with inequities,” wrote Preston Rudy, San Jose CFA Chapter President, in a message to the faculty.

He noted that the CFA Chapter is pleased a program has been announced. “Nevertheless, CFA finds the proposed plan to be lamentable in its delayed payment schedule, its meager funding, and its failure to address key inequities under the guise of an equity program.”

The San Jose CFA chapter’s analysis, dubbed “A Promise, Not a Plan,” finds it includes too little funding for a campus as large as San Jose, a delay that adds to inequities already accumulated, and remedies for too few members. CFA’s recommendations for improvement are delineated.


Sonoma CFA Chapter President Elaine Newman (Math, Statistics) sent congratulations last Friday to those faculty who received a raise through the new campus Equity Pay program. “You deserved it!,” she wrote.

And yet, Newman added, “You deserved more, as did many more faculty at Sonoma State. Unfortunately, the final equity program put in place by the administration does not fulfill its original promise.”

The program, she notes, will not bring Sonoma faculty up to par in the CSU system. In addition to problematic calculations and omitting some categories of faculty from the program, the total allocation of money is too small to dent the problem in a meaningful way. See the CFA chapter message to faculty detailing and analyzing the Sonoma program


The CFA Chapter at SLO has continued to respond to campus President Armstrong’s imposition of an Equity Pay program. The latest involved a “Listening Session” held by Armstrong about the Equity Pay program he previously had announced.

Dubbing it a “Defensive Listening Session,” CFA Chapter leaders clarified assertions circulated by campus administrators about Equity Pay, among them that CFA prevents pay raises. “CFA prevents administration from decreasing salaries, not from increasing them,” the SLO Chapter explained in a message to the campus late last week. The chapter further offered analysis and links to information about pay trends and administrative bloat at SLO.