Ratification voting on a Tentative Agreement with CSU management came to a close today.
Faculty can check their email tomorrow morning for the announcement of ratification voting results.
“As the 16 days of voting on ratification of our Tentative Agreement come to a close, I am heartened by the thoughtful faculty engagement, debate, and dialogue across our diverse viewpoints and experiences that have taken place at this moment in our labor organizing and contract bargaining history,” said Molly Talcott, CFA Bargaining Team member and CSU Los Angeles professor. “As I take a deep breath and recall over 20 months of difficult negotiations, I feel grateful for the caring labor of my colleagues on all the campuses who stimulated interest in our contract campaign, who had one-on-one conversations about it, and who then made possible the high voter turnout for this agreement.”
“The Bargaining Team thanks you — the thousands of CFA members — who have chosen to be with us in this union, in this contract fight, who have made your voices heard on this Tentative Agreement, and encouraged your colleagues who haven’t, to become members of CFA, too,” Talcott added.
Bargaining began nearly two years ago. CFA declared impasse in late September. Movement stalled at the table until faculty took action on campuses and in Long Beach. Thousands of faculty members signed petitions to their campus presidents to demand a fair contract in early November. Then, on November 9, we rallied outside of the Board of Trustees. In the following weeks, members kept the pressure on Chancellor Joseph Castro during his campus visits.
The Tentative Agreement includes much-needed compensation increases and significant gains in anti-racism and social justice initiatives. The agreement would increase the number of exceptional service awards for faculty who assist and mentor the diverse student body of the CSU and recognize the cultural taxation that comes with the work for faculty who identify as women faculty, BIPOC faculty, and LGBTQIA+ faculty.
The agreement would provide faculty the right to address and rebut bias in students’ evaluations that must be considered in faculty evaluations and reviews. The agreement would include caste in categories protected from discrimination.
The agreement includes joint labor-management workgroups to pursue longer-term contracts for contingent faculty, to develop a possible professor of practice/teaching tenure classification and additional classifications for faculty work outside of or in addition to Academic Year appointments, and to consider ways to support working parents including improved parental support. At the chancellor’s invitation, members of the CFA Bargaining Team, along with students and other stakeholders, will meet to explore alternatives to police on our campuses.
This is a contract for all of us — coach, counselor, lecturer, librarian, and tenure-line faculty.
Stay tuned for a results announcement Thursday morning.