Santiago introduces AB 2019 to ensure CSU faculty Salary Step Increases

Every time contract talks come around, CFA’s Bargaining Team finds itself arguing with CSU management over Salary Step Increases for the large number of faculty who are still moving up—or hoping to move up—the pay scale.

That’s not how the same types of raises work for other public employees. They have “MSA’s” that are automatic and not an actual cost to the public employer.

That’s because, as expert faculty have explained repeatedly to the Chancellor’s negotiators, in a large system, over time, the cost of the step raises is neutral. People enter near the bottom, others move up, and still others retire off the top of the salary scale. Once the structure is in place, after some years, there is no cost. 

Yet, CSU management insists on counting Salary Step Increases as a cost against the total compensation package. And, since they keep starting and stopping the program—faculty have not gotten Salary Step Increases since 2007-08—faculty keep falling behind and cannot move through the ranks.

Enter Assembly member Miguel Santiago and his bill AB2019. The bill, which was introduced February 17, 2016, would declare it the policy of the state to provide for intermediate steps in salary, for faculty in the CSU. The steps would be based on cost-of-living adjustments tied to the California Consumer Price Index.

Santiago says of the bill,

“Engaged and driven faculty can greatly contribute to student success, but over the past decade, CSU expenditures on faculty salaries have remained basically flat. Many faculty are struggling to make ends meet—an unneeded distraction from their critical work in the classroom.

 “I introduced AB 2019 to address the costs of living for CSU faculty, therefore ensuring we continue to provide the best quality education for our students.”

Read about AB2109 at Leg-Info.com