Maritime Academy CFA Chapter negotiates new MOU for cruise faculty

AUGUST 2014—CFA members at the California Maritime Academy successfully negotiated a new side letter to the Unit 3: Faculty contract (also known as a Memorandum of Understanding or MOU) for those faculty who serve on the Academy’s annual training cruise.

Training cruise faculty are required to be at sea on the Academy’s training vessel, the Golden Bear, for 65 straight days every summer, as well as teach during the regular academic year at the Academy. On cruise they are required to teach, stand watch and be responsible on a 24/7 basis for between 150 and 200 students

“It may sound glamorous being on a cruise in the Pacific but it’s a lot of work and responsibility sometimes under dangerous conditions,” says CFA Chapter President Scott Saarheim, one of the cruise faculty.

The new MOU will provide for six percent in raises for cruise faculty over the next three years.  Learn more