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California Faculty Association Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against California State University System
NEWS FROM THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION

With Contract Negotiations at an Impasse and Faculty Members Angry and Frustrated With Chancellor’s Unfair Salary Offer, CFA Charges CSU With Bargaining in Bad Faith

SACRAMENTO — On Monday, Nov. 23, the California Faculty Association (CFA) begins the factfinding stage of its collective bargaining process with the California State University (CSU) management, the final stage that must be completed before the faculty is legally permitted to begin job actions, including a strike. 

But faculty are so angry and frustrated by management’s approach to negotiations that this week CFA filed an unfair labor practice charge against the CSU management for bargaining in bad faith. 

The complaint, which was filed with California’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) on November 19, is based on language in the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) that requires the CSU management and CFA to reach an agreement on salary before the university sends a budget request to the legislature and governor.  The act also requires the parties to bargain in good faith, and the Chancellor’s budgeting practice fails to do so.

Kevin Wehr, chair of the CFA Bargaining Team and a professor at Sacramento State, said:

“The Chancellor decided what he thought was fair compensation for faculty before the bargaining process even began, and that is not bargaining in good faith. Indeed Section 3572b HEERA of recognizes that fact and says that once we reach an agreement ‘an appropriate request for financing or budgetary funding for all state-funded employees… shall be forwarded…to the Legislature and the Governor.’ He has put the cart before the horse.”

CFA and CSU management have been bargaining since May 2015 over faculty salaries in the second year of the Unit 3 contract. CFA has dubbed its push to improve faculty earnings as the “Fight for Five”—meaning a 5% General Salary Increase for all faculty. CSU management, however, refuses to budge from its offer of a 2% salary raise for faculty in the second year of the contract.

In both 2015-16 and 2016-17 the CSU made Support Budget requests that included their plan to implement a 2% faculty salary increase for each year. By making a budget request prior to reaching agreement with CFA on what would be needed to offer an adequate salary pool and by arguing that they have “allocated $65.5 million for a 2 percent compensation pool for all employees,” and limiting discussion of salary to that predetermined pool, the CSU has “violated its duty to meet and confer with CFA in good faith.”

Faculty are also extremely concerned about hiring patterns that emphasize temporary teaching jobs over long periods of time, the impact of stagnant pay on faculty members’ own families, the impact on quality education for students, and the demoralizing misplaced priority on executive compensation. Over 94% of faculty already voted to authorize a strike if contract negotiations with CSU management fail to result in a fair deal.

For more information on the unfair labor practice charge and the labor dispute, please visit www.calfac.org.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION: CFA represents the more than 26,000 tenured and tenure-track instructional faculty, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches on the 23 campuses of the California State University system, from Humboldt State in the north, to San Diego State in the south. Learn more about CFA at www.calfac.org

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