Bargaining Update: Moving on up to Factfinding!
News from the CFA Bargaining Team

October 8, 2015

Dear Colleague, 

CFA and CSU management met today for a second session of mediation. CSU management continues to dismiss our proposal, while CFA will not accept their 2% offer. Instead, CFA is committed to fighting for a 5% General Salary Increase (GSI) for all faculty and a 2.65% Service Salary Increase (SSI) for eligible faculty. The mediator certified the parties to factfinding, which is the next step in the statutory process before we can engage in strikes or other similar actions.

Kevin Wehr, Chair of CFA’s Bargaining Team and a Professor at CSU Sacramento said, “As we move to factfinding, we have another opportunity for management to do the right thing by faculty, but we also need to be prepared if they do not. To this end, CFA members will participate in a strike authorization vote.” CFA will hold a strike vote Oct. 19-28 online and on all 23 campuses. 

CFA’s President Jennifer Eagan, a Professor at Cal State East Bay, added, “If CSU management is not persuaded by the facts, we will need to be ready to speak with our feet.”

In 2007, CFA members voted overwhelmingly (94%) to hold a two-day rolling strike in which strikes would move from one campus to another. That year, agreement was reached just two days before the strikes began.

As part of our effort to bring attention to our fight, our members have been very active in the past few weeks, firming up commitments for the November 17th Board of Trustees action, announcing the strike authorization vote, and attending events connected to Chancellor White’s campus visits. “Now we need even more of our members showing up, signing up, and joining us on November 17th in Long Beach,” said CFA Secretary Molly Talcott, an Associate Professor at Cal State Los Angeles.

In the weeks to come, we expect the CSU management to claim that its 2% proposal is justified and sufficient, when we know faculty have been on a race to the bottomfor the last 10 years. We anticipate that CSU management will take credit for campus equity awards. Based on their own data, however, only 1 in 5 faculty members received modest equity awards intended to address compression and inversion. Most lecturers were excluded. Due to administrative decisions, many of these programs exacerbated compression and only partially addressed inversion. In the end, campus equity awards cannot be used to justify the Chancellor’s paltry 2% salary offer.

The next Board of Trustees meeting is our opportunity to express our collective indignation to the Chancellor. The bargaining team invites you to join us and speak with one voice on November 17th.

For more information on bargaining and the statutory process, check out CFA’s Insiders’ Guide to Bargaining.

In Solidarity,

The CFA Bargaining Team