Trustees’ priorities, discussion of exec salaries draws ire from faculty

CSU Trustees spent about an hour discussing executive compensation at their meeting Wednesday morning, once again focusing on the paychecks of a few while ignoring the salary problems plaguing thousands.

Trustees had a prolonged discussion of executive salaries, a long time obsession of the Board.

Kevin Wehr, chair of CFA’s Bargaining Team, told Trustees during public comment that the presentation reminded him of introductory remarks his statistics professor once made.

“He said ‘There are lies, there are damn lies and then there are statistics,’” Wehr said. “I don’t have time to rebut every slide, but what has been told to you this morning about faculty compensation…suffice to say that statistics continues to prove that it’s a grade below damn lies.”

Wehr pointed out that while the Chancellor’s Office continues to say it “values faculty,” little is being done to prove that phrase.

“The faculty are angry. We are tired of losing our colleagues to other institutions. We are tired of not being able to take care of our families. We are tired of being forced to hurt our students. We are tired of disrespect,” he said. “’Valuing faculty’ means paying us fairly and as the storm clouds are on the horizon, you can expect to see new faces here at the Board and new and interesting activity.”

Bargaining Team member and CFA immediate past president Lil Taiz told Trustees that’s she never seen colleagues feeling more angry, betrayed, and “determined to do whatever it takes to finally be treated fairly.”

“All of the faculty know that in good times or bad, they remain at the bottom of your list of priorities,” she said. “In bad times, you tell us we must tighten our belts and in good times, we must wait just in case the bad times return. In the end, none of us gets out of our financial hole and instead, we find ourselves continually exploited. I urge you to think long and hard about what you’re doing. The position you’re taking in this dispute is a mistake. It will end in a confrontation that could only poison relations between the faculty and management for years to come.”