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SDSU’s response re CFA Equity Pay proposal
Hirshman says No

CFA proposed to President Hirshman last Fall that he initiate a salary Equity Pay program (“Equity 3″) for faculty members on our campus.  Our current CFA-CSU Collective Bargaining Agreement allows campus presidents to address salary inequities through campus-based equity programs.  SDSU could take this action, right now, under our current contract.

President Hirshman says no
We are sorry to have to report that President Hirshman said he cannot commit funds for this proposal.  He wrote, “Given that we are entering bargaining for a number of successor contracts, I can not commit funds to an equity 3 program or IRP program to support staff until I have a full understanding of the funds required to meet the provisions of the successor contracts.”

This is a great disappointment.  We are still operating under the contract that was signed in 2012; that contract has not yet expired.  Given that the 2012 contract is still in force, there should not be any hesitancy by our administration to implement the terms of that contract — even for discretionary items such as the Equity Pay program.

President Hirshman has agreed that we may share his written response with you, as long as it is made clear that the response he provided applies to CFA’s request for an Equity 3 program and there is not “any misinterpretation of it as a comment on specific issues associated with bargaining for the successor contract.”  The full text of President Hirshman’s response is included below.

CFA will continue to press for an Equity Pay program for the faculty.

Text of President Hirshman’s response:

“Charles,
“Thank you for your note regarding the Equity 3 program.
First, let me affirm and acknowledge the importance of enhancing compensation for our dedicated faculty and staff members.
This is especially pressing for our long-serving faculty and staff members.
As we discussed, I am especially concerned about the discrepancy between the salaries of our full professors and those of full professors at our peer institutions designated in the IPEDS survey, as well as other discrepancies among faculty that you have mentioned. Likewise, I recognize the importance of addressing concerns raised by staff members.

“Given that we are entering bargaining for a number of successor contracts, I can not commit funds to an equity 3 program or IRP program to support staff until I have a full understanding of the funds required to meet the provisions of the successor contracts.

“I know we share the desire for a speedy and successful resolution of these bargaining processes that will serve the interests of our faculty, our staff and the entire university.

“With best regards,
Elliot Hirshman”

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