CFA Board of Directors recommend members ratify contract with CSU

October 20, 2014

The California Faculty Association’s Board of Directors unanimously decided this weekend to send the recently negotiated tentative agreement with California State University management to the membership for a ratification vote.

The Board recommended a “yes” vote on the three-year contract covering the 25,000 instructional faculty, librarians, counselors, and coaches on the 23 state university campuses.

The Board believes that the agreement makes many positive gains for CSU faculty members that will enhance their ability to provide quality public higher education to California’s students.  

“This contract will benefit students and faculty,” said Lillian Taiz, president of CFA and a professor at Cal State LA. “This contract is a small step forward toward fixing a broken salary structure that both sides recognize is not good for the CSU.  

We look forward to working with the CSU fix these and other problems in faculty working conditions so that we offer our students the best possible learning conditions.”

Andy Merrifield, a Sonoma State professor who chairs the CFA Bargaining Team, said, “The salary package will help CSU faculty members move forward on the road to economic recovery and provide much needed raises to our hardworking faculty.”

During the first year of the contract, the agreement includes:

  • A General Salary Increase for all faculty members.
  • A CSU-wide equity program to correct inversion and compression caused by hiring issues during the recession.
  • Salary Recovery Adjustments for faculty who are below their respective salary step maximums; this affects certain tenure-track faculty, lecturers (temporary faculty) and coaches.
  • Fixes misclassification of lecturers who have languished in extremely low-paid salary ranges. Eliminates the lowest pay category for lecturers.

CFA and CSU management will reopen negotiations later on salary in the second and third years of the contract.

The tentative agreement also includes improvements to address other areas critical to student success. For the first time, the CSU administration has agreed to invest resources in programs that will help faculty engaged in high levels of service to CSU students. These programs will allow some faculty who have been stretched too thin to ensure they have the time to meet the their students’ needs, especially underserved, first-generation, and/or underrepresented students.