Faculty: Raises are coming Dec. 1!

The holiday season is kicking off this year with salary increases for faculty, which are included in our contract extension.

The 3.5% General Salary Increase (GSI) for all Unit 3 faculty took effect Nov. 1, and will be reflected in the paychecks issued Dec. 1.

The contract extension, which is in place until June 30, 2020, also includes a 2.5% GSI effective July 1, 2019. These salary increases, along with other recent gains for faculty, are testament to the power of our union, and our ability to negotiate improvements to our faculty contract because of our collective strength.

“The effort to improve faculty salaries didn’t happen overnight, nor was it a result of faculty being given something by CSU management,” said Kevin Wehr, CFA Secretary and Bargaining Team Chair. “We all fought hard for these gains, starting back in 2015 with our ‘Fight for Five’ campaign to improve faculty salaries. After years of little to no raises, we were on the brink of a five-day strike on all 23 campuses. Our collective action moved the needle, and we’ve been able to continue that momentum during negotiations in the years that followed.”

Since 2016, we have won raises totaling at least 16.5% for all faculty, and more for lower-paid and long-term faculty.

Improvements to the faculty contract don’t stop at salary increases, however. As CFA Vice President Charles Toombs points out in a ‘Radio Free CSU’ podcast, our union is advocating for—and securing—improvements to the contract that incorporate our anti-racism and social justice principles into our work.

“Whenever we have an opportunity to specifically focus on issues related to faculty of color or students of color, we will do that, as we did in our last contract, when we were able to get an article addressing exceptional service to students. And our intention was to really begin to delve into the cultural taxation piece.”

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