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CFA & CSU holds first “reopener” bargaining session

In July CFA met for three days with CSU management on the salary and benefits sections of the current faculty contract.

This session focused on these two articles exclusively; the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) allows either side to “reopen” on salary and benefits, leaving the rest of the CBA in effect.

In March CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White’s announced that he intended to set aside money for modest salary adjustments, pending passage of the state budget. Chancellor White’s labor relations staff had signaled for some months that they intended to request bargaining on health benefits also.

Once the budget, with its $125 million augmentation, was signed into law, CFA immediately requested to bargain for the raises. The sides met July 24-26.

Both sides are reviewing information presented during the first negotiating session and talks are scheduled to resume August 12-14.

While reopener talks are in progress, it should be noted that the entire contract expires on June 30, 2014. CFA is already preparing for this successor bargaining, and will conduct a survey of members in the coming months in preparation for our first full contract negotiations under the CSU’s new leadership.

Feel free to contact the bargaining team at bargainingideas@calfac.org

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