Pay raise starts tomorrow; in checks Dec. 1

Effective November 1, 2018, all CSU faculty will get a 3.5% bump in pay—what is known as a General Salary Increase (GSI). The new dollars will appear in December 1 paychecks, since we are paid each month after we have done the work.

Where do pay raises come from?

Pay raises are spelled out in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) hammered out between CFA’s Bargaining Team and the CSU Chancellor’s labor relations representatives.

“There is nothing ‘magic’ about pay raises in the CSU and we do not get them because of the simple good will of the Chancellor,” explains CFA President Jennifer Eagan. “Our raises are always the result of tough negotiations that depend on the faculty as a whole insisting on fair salaries for our teaching and other work.”

This November 1 GSI follows on raises won from the “Fight for Five” in 2015 and 2016. At that time, after years of tiny or no raises punctuated by a furlough year, CSU faculty were just days away from a CSU system-wide strike. The Chancellor realized the faculty were united in our resolve to win fair pay. The settlement included GSIs totaling 10.5%. A subsequent contract extension was negotiated and that added GSIs including the 3.5% now and 2.5% next July 1.

“CSU faculty need to support ourselves and our families while we serve our students in classrooms, libraries, counseling centers, and athletic fields,” Eagan says. “There are times when we have to take a stand.”

CFA Vice President Charles Toombs says, “Our student body is far more diverse than it was 20 years ago. Our teaching work today is as important now as it was when our students were mostly white. The truth is that it takes strong determination on our part to be fairly paid for what we do. It’s not automatic.”

Toombs adds, “It’s important for colleagues, especially those who are new to the CSU, to know that it takes work to get these raises. Success means a willingness to take action together and to organize ourselves to win.”

Learn about the Contract: Throughout October, campus CFA Chapters held faculty meetings so we could learn about our contract and CFA’s history of asserting faculty power for fairness. Those meetings wrap up this week but you can learn about our contract and much more on CFA’s web site or by contacting your campus CFA Chapter.

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