FAQ available re Strike Vote
Vote begins Monday, October 19

A set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the upcoming Strike Vote is available.  Among the information in the FAQ is the Strike Vote ballot wording.  You can access the FAQ at this link:

With the Strike Vote coming up, and a Mediation session with the Chancellor’s representatives this Friday, it is imperative that we continue to build faculty support as a way putting pressure on the Chancellor.

CFA will bargain in good faith at the Mediation session and we hope a settlement can be reached.  But as noted in a previous message, we also need to be realistic: an agreement has never been reached in Mediation in our previous negotiations with CSU management.  In our current negotiation, the Chancellor has not budged one inch from his first and only offer of 2%.

The best way to compel the Chancellor to settle this dispute is to show that faculty members are united and ready to act.

CFA is proposing a 5% raise for all faculty members for 2015-16, plus a 2.65% SSI (“step increase”) for all eligible faculty members.  Our proposal is fair, reasonable, and supported by compelling data.  It is also affordable: in the 2015-2016 California state budget, the CSU received $269 million additional dollars, which is a 10% increase in General Fund support, and which includes $97 million added to the Governor’s January budget.

Having the facts on are side is good, but it is not enough.  As we have done in previous negotiations, we must increase faculty pressure on the Chancellor.  Showing the Chancellor that we are prepared to act is necessary if we are to get a better offer from the CSU.