Legislators urge Chancellor White to invest in faculty
Senate President Pro Tem, others join the #CFAFightFor5

Sixteen of California’s lawmakers have sent official letters to Chancellor Tim White, urging him and his administration to invest in faculty and student success.

In his Sept. 21 letter, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said the state allocated an additional $97 million in the CSU to increase enrollment, course offerings, and support services for students and that “university faculty are instrumental to the implementation of these initiatives.”

“Without quality faculty, students cannot succeed,” he wrote.

“During the recession, students incurred tuition hikes and reduced course offerings. Likewise, faculty was asked to take on more responsibilities while their compensation has remained stagnant. Both students and faculty sacrificed during the fiscal crisis and now that funding is beginning tone restored, we must ensure that both parties benefit from increased state funding.”

Senator de León urged Chancellor White to continue to bargaining in good faith and “recognize the valuable contributions the faculty makes to students and the entire university community.”

“Our goal is to ensure all students can access, afford, and receive a quality higher education. The CSU faculty are instrumental in achieving this goal and as such, I urge a resolution to ensure students receive the best education possible.”

Assemblymember Rob Bonta asked the chancellor to reconsider his offer of a 2% salary increase for faculty in year two of the contract given restored resources and “increased competition for critical faculty.”

“While I do not expect a decade of wage stagnation to be reversed in a single year, this offer does not demonstrate a serious commitment to achieving wage parity with other institutions of public education, much less to provide the world-class education California’s students deserve and its 21st century workforce demands,” Bonta wrote.

Assembly Speaker-Elect Anthony Rendon, Assemblymember Luis Alejo, Senator Ben Allen, Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, Assemblymember Jim Cooper, Assemblymember Mike Gipson, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, Senator Isadore Hall, Assemblymember Patty López, Assemblymember Evan Low, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, Senator Richard Pan, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond also sent letters to Chancellor White in support of CFA’s position regarding reopener salary negotiations.