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CSU signs new contract with Faculty Union, increases salary in all 23 campuses

CSU professors, coaches, counselors, librarians and other qualified faculty will receive pay bumps and one-time bonuses — for their work during the pandemic — as part of a temporary labor deal, California State University announced Monday, Dec. 20.

A CSU statement said the agreement between CSU and the California Faculty Association will cover 29,000 faculty across all 23 campuses and, if approved by the CSU Board of Trustees and CFA members, will last until June 30, 2024.

CFA is the union for Cal State teachers.

CSU is the largest public university system in the country, educating more than 485,000 students annually in nearly every part of the state, with campuses in Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and elsewhere. CSU’s four largest campuses, by enrollment, as of 2020 data, are in Southern California: Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, and San Diego State University.

“CSU’s world-class faculty is critical to the success of our talented and diverse students,” Chancellor Joseph I. Castro said in a statement. “The new contract acknowledges the hard work of our faculty to ensure continued student success through the unprecedented global pandemic, while ensuring fair compensation in challenging economic conditions in our communities across the state.”

A CFA statement said the agreement, however, came after union members bargained for months with the CSU system.

The previous contract – which initially ran until 2017 but was extended several times – expired at the end of August. In September, both sides announced that talks were at an impasse.

The CFA said thousands of faculty members submitted petitions to their campus presidents demanding a fair contract and, last month, more than 100 protested at the chancellor’s office in Long Beach for higher pay.

“We were able to reach this tentative agreement because of the tremendous work and work of teachers and students across all 23 campuses,” CFA President Charles Tombs said in a statement. , and to Chancellor Castro that we should have a fair contract.”

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“We thank Chancellor Castro for working on this strong faculty commitment to all rights, respect and justice,” said Tombs, professor of African Studies at SDSU, “where faculty working conditions are the state of student learning.”

Temporary contracts according to CSU and CFA include:

  • A one-time payment of $3,500, based on each faculty member’s 2020-21 timeline, as a thank you for their service during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • 4% increment, retroactive to 1 July.
  • Another increment to the top 4%, effective in the next financial year, based on state budget allocation to CSUs.
  • 2.65% service increment for all eligible faculty including coaches, counselors and librarians during the financial years 2021-22 and 2023-24.
  • Post-promotion increase by 2.65% for qualified teachers, including coaches, counselors and librarians, during FY 2022-23.

The agreement allows for more opportunities for librarians and counselor faculty to work remotely, better tenure-track employment opportunities for lecturers, and the creation of a workgroup to consider ways to better address parental leave. Lets read the CFA statement.

“Compensation for our dedicated employees is the top financial priority of the Trustees in CSU’s 2022-23 budget request,” Castro said in a statement. And we are committed to working with CFA leaders and other unions that represent our employees. For advocating for our legislative leaders and the governor to fully finance the CSU budget. ,

The CSU Board of Trustees will vote on the new contract during a meeting in late January.

“For the first time in decades, we have won a successor contract agreement without being on the verge of a strike,” CFA vice president and bargaining team chairman Kevin Wehr said in a statement. “The work done by the faculty over the past months has forced management to recognize that the strength our union displayed in Fight for Five in 2016 is still ongoing.”

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