Strike Vote and Fact-Finding next
Vote begins Monday, October 19

As we approach next week’s Strike Authorization vote, we want to update you on our effort to gain a 5% faculty salary increase for 2015-16.

Mediation has ended and failed to produce an agreement.  The third-party mediator certified both sides to Fact-Finding, the next step in the statutory bargaining process.

Fact-Finding is not binding, however, and ultimately it will take faculty pressure to move the Chancellor to settle this dispute.  

It is not a surprise that Mediation failed to provide an agreement. Mediation has never yielded a positive result in any previous negotiation with the CSU, and in this instance, the Chancellor did not budge one inch. The Chancellor is likely taking a wait-and-see approach — that is, waiting to see whether the faculty will step up and apply a greater degree of public pressure.  

Making our Voice heard: Voting

The need for faculty pressure means it is vitally important that we make our voice heard, loud and clear.  As a practical matter, making our voice heard means having a strong faculty Strike Authorization Vote, with a high percentage turnout. 

Does the Strike Authorization Vote mean we’re striking?

The Strike Authorization Vote would authorize the CFA Board of Directors to authorize a strike if efforts to reach an agreement with the Chancellor are unsuccessful.

We would not have the right to strike until after the Fact-Finding process is complete.  And ideally, Fact-Finding and faculty pressure will yield a good agreement.  (A Fact-Finder has yet to be appointed, so that entire process will take some time.)  In the meantime, we CAN increase pressure on the Chancellor and let him know that faculty members are prepared to act — and that is why the Strike Authorization Vote is so important.

5% for faculty is fair

CFA’s proposal for a 5% salary increase is fair, reasonable, and supported by compelling data:

-The average annual salary for HSU faculty members has declined by $12,951, from 2004-2013 (adjusted for inflation).

-At HSU, administrator salaries have increased by an average 42 percent over the past ten years, while faculty salaries have increased by an average of only 1 percent.

-Every UC campus saw a “real dollar” increase in average faculty salaries from 2004-2013; every CSU campus saw significant “real dollar” decreases in average faculty salaries.  The problem is not state funding.  

-In the current contract negotiations, the Chancellor has made NO claim that the CSU cannot afford to pay CFA’s proposed 5% across-the-board increase, plus an SSI (“step increase”) of 2.65%.  

Facts are facts, but ultimately, it will be necessary for the Chancellor to see that faculty members are united and ready to act.