CFA members ratify tentative agreement with CSU administration
A letter from President Lillian Taiz and CFA Bargaining Team Chair Andy Merrifield

November 10, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The ballots have been counted and the results are in: 91% of CFA members voting have chosen to ratify the Tentative Agreement with the CSU administration.

After 10 months of negotiating, CFA and CSU management reached a tentative agreement that we believe sets faculty on the path to recovery in terms of salary, protects benefits and provides improvements to working conditions that will directly impact our students’ success.  The vote was held online November 1-9, and every valid ballot was counted.

The agreement still needs to be ratified by the CSU Board of Trustees, and is scheduled to be voted upon on Wednesday, November 12. When the contract is ratified by the

Board, it becomes legal and binding and will remain in effect until June 30, 2017.

As a requirement of the agreement, CFA and CSU management will meet again to negotiate the salary structure for years two and three of the contract.

The ratification of the Tentative Agreement is phase one of our efforts to resolve problems with our broken salary structure. Phase two will focus on encouraging the launch of campus-based Equity Programs on all the campuses. Phase three comes this spring as we reopen negotiations on faculty pay for year two of the contract.

If the contract is ratified by the CSU Trustees on Wednesday we anticipate that the process of implementing salary adjustments will begin. It is our understanding that paychecks should be adjusted by January or February 2015.

The Bargaining Team and the leaders of CFA appreciate your unwavering commitment to teaching and the hard work of everyone in our union that led to this faculty contract. We are confident that it will be the first in many steps toward revitalizing the CSU and helping ensure high quality public higher education for all.  

We know we can count on you for the faculty unity and action needed as we continue to work toward improving salaries that will allow us to both support our families and attract the next generation of exceptional professors for the CSU.

In Union,

Lillian Taiz, CFA President

Andy Merrifield, CFA Bargaining Team Chair

on behalf of the Officers, Board and Bargaining Team of the California Faculty Association