Progress in CSU Contract Fight

Today the administration of the California State University (CSU) and the leadership of the California Faculty Association (CFA) released the following statement:

Faculty Union & CSU Announce 48-Hour Blackout
on Strike Preparations, News & Communication
** Blackout period to allow negotiations to continue without interruption **
(April 6, 2016) —There is hope that talks between the California Faculty Association and the California State University may avert a five-day, systemwide strike on all 23 campuses scheduled to begin April 13.
CFA and CSU management are working to find a solution, rather than continuing the dispute that began over 11 months ago.  Both parties have agreed to honor a 48-hour blackout period, effective today, on internal strike planning, communication efforts and news.  Neither party will respond to media inquiries nor conduct media interviews regarding the status of negotiations or strike preparations during the blackout period.

CFA leaders and CSU officials plan to hold a joint news conference on Friday, April 8 in Sacramento, at which time they hope to announce a settlement. 

Earlier CFA President Jennifer Eagan sent the following email to CFA members:

Dear Colleagues,

Yesterday, efforts to settle our contract dispute intensified; talks with CSU management resumed and, for the first time, included the direct participation of the Chancellor.  Prodded by the release of the factfinder’s report and the looming April 13th strike date, the parties decided to try talks once more before CFA leaders on all 23 campuses shut the entire system down.

As the talks began, CFA was gratified that the Chancellor expressed the same concerns we have highlighted for some time about the toll a system-wide strike could take on the CSU. A strike would affect our students, the faculty, and would put at risk the relationship between faculty and the CSU administration for years to come.

In order to encourage fruitful talks, CFA and CSU management have agreed on a two-day “blackout period.” During this quiet time we hope to develop an agreement that not only settles this contract reopener but also can lead to an improved relationship between the faculty and the CSU administration.

During this blackout period, we have agreed that neither party will talk to the news media. Moreover, both sides will cease their campus-wide communications and preparations for the strike.

At the conclusion of the 48 hours we will either have a tentative agreement or it will be full speed ahead towards the strike.

For now, CFA is asking the faculty to put strike preparations on hold to give both parties breathing room while we attempt to craft an agreement. I want to thank all of the faculty who have been engaging in preparations for their hard work, dedication, creativity, and bravery.  Please take a much needed rest from these preparations for two days, and stay tuned for another update on Friday morning of this week.

In Solidarity,

Jen Eagan
President, CFA


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