News Release

Cal State University faculty ratify tentative agreement with management

For Immediate Release: September 4, 2012 

  • 91% Vote in favor of agreement on faculty contract
  • Faculty turn Attention to passing Prop 30 and defeating Prop 32 in November election

Sacramento, CA – The California Faculty Association (CFA) Board of Directors announced today that after three weeks of voting, the tentative agreement between CFA and the management of the California State University Chancellor’s Office has been ratified by CFA members. 

The vote is 91% in favor of ratification. The next step to complete negotiations is for the CSU Board of Trustees to vote to ratify the tentative agreement.

Lillian Taiz, President of the California Faculty Association, said, “The final agreement has produced a balanced, good contract in light of difficult times. It acknowledges years of slashed public funding for the CSU and the real needs of the people teaching our students.

“In no way does this contract solve all the problems our university, our faculty and our students face to get the CSU back on track. But it is a necessary step at this moment and in ratifying this contract, our members are taking a stand for quality, accessible, affordable public higher education—for the mission of the California State University,” Taiz said.

As ratification ends, the faculty already have turned attention to the November 6 election. 

For months, CFA has actively supported the governor’s November ballot initiative that would stop more state funding cuts and give students a much-needed roll back in fees.

Now that the CSU Board of Trustees has endorsed the initiative, CFA is hopeful the CSU administration will join the faculty in making the case for why we need to pass Proposition 30 to ensure that the system has the resources it needs to function at the highest level. 

CFA also will fight against Proposition 32 to ensure that CFA and other labor unions retain the ability to pool the individual power of union members, which is vital to assert the needs of working families in the political arena.

Taiz added, “We cannot be complacent about the severe challenges to the CSU.  Enrollment caps and over-crowded classrooms are unacceptable. As a community, we have to come together and fight for the resources we need to make the CSU system once again the highest quality public education system in the country. This is a top priority for all members of the CSU community in the coming weeks.”