News Release

CFA and CSU administration announce tentative agreement in contentious faculty pay dispute

The California Faculty Association announced this morning that the union has secured gains for the more than 26,000 faculty it represents.

The tentative agreement, which will avert the five-day strike scheduled April 13-15 and 18-19, was recommended by the CFA Board of Directors and must now be ratified by a vote of CFA members and the CSU Board of Trustees.

CFA President Jennifer Eagan, a professor of Philosophy and of Public Affairs & Administration at CSU East Bay, said of the tentative agreement, “Thanks to the hard work and smart activism of the CSU faculty and the dedicated efforts of our extraordinary student, staff, labor, legislative, and community allies, we have been successful in our Fight for Fight.”

She continued, “We appreciate the cooperation of Chancellor White and the CSU Trustees who listened to the faculty and understood the gravity of the situation.

“This agreement represents a strong step forward for salary stability for the faculty and their families, and this support from their employer will help faculty to serve the students of California. We are happy about this fair agreement, and are delighted that we will be teaching and mentoring our students next week,” she said.

The tentative agreement includes:

  • A 5% General Salary Increase on June 30, 2016
  • A 2% General Salary Increase on July 1, 2016
  • A 3.5% General Salary Increase on July 1, 2017
  • A 2.65% Service Salary Increase (step increase) during Fiscal Year 2017/18 for eligible faculty

The tentative agreement would extend the current faculty contract by one year, making the new expiration date June 30, 2018. All current provisions in the contract would continue.

CFA and CSU management also committed to work cooperatively going forward to protect the quality of public higher education, including jointly seeking appropriate funding from the Legislature to accomplish the mission of the CSU.

The tentative agreement is the result of intense work by CFA’s Bargaining Team, who have been committed to negotiating and securing salary increases and improvements for all faculty.

CFA Bargaining Team Chair Kevin Wehr, a sociology professor at Sacramento State, said, “This is the culmination of a process that started back in 2014 when we ratified a successor contract with great non-economic improvements to faculty workload, intellectual property, sabbatical, order of appointment, and online teaching protections.”

He explained, “What we did not agree on two years ago was a multi-year salary package that could address the many years of stagnant pay that faculty have suffered. With this Tentative Agreement, we have helped to address salary recovery for 27,000 faculty with a set of modest salary increases.”

The CSU is one of the most important university systems to ensure opportunity to a college education for an enormous and diverse student body.

In that light, Antonio Gallo, CFA’s Bargaining Strategy Committee Chair who teaches in Chicano Studies at CSU Northridge, says, “The new contract, with these raises for CSU faculty, is a great step in equipping us to open the doors of opportunity for our students of color and making sure they have access to a quality education.”

On March 28, a neutral factfinding report recommending steps to resolve the dispute between CFA and CSU management became public. The report—the final phase under state labor law in the collective bargaining process—validated CFA’s proposal for salary increases for faculty. It also opened the door to a legal strike by CSU faculty.

The tentative agreement means plans for a strike on April 13-15 and 18-19 at all 23 CSU campuses is postponed, pending approval and ratification of the Tentative Agreement by CFA members. The CSU Chancellor’s Office reports the CSU Board of Trustees will vote on the Tentative Agreement at its May 24-25 meeting.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION: CFA represents more than 27,000 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