CFA, CSU Reach Tentative Agreement on Two-Year Contract Extension

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN

The following announcement was released today by the California Faculty Association (CFA, an affiliate of the AAUP.  CFA represents more than 28,000 tenured and tenure-track professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches on the 23 campuses of the California State University system.

The California Faculty Association’s Bargaining Team and Board of Directors are pleased to announce that a tentative agreement on a two-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement has been reached with California State University management.

“We on the CFA Bargaining Team believe that this is a very good agreement both for the faculty in the CSU and for the university,” said CFA President Jennifer Eagan.

“It is especially important that with this agreement, CSU management has committed to work hard along with CFA to win the state funding for our public university system that our students need and deserve,” Eagan said.

The tentative agreement extends the current contract to June 30, 2020. It provides for across-the board salary increases of 3.5 percent in the first year and 2.5 percent in the second. Current contract language on faculty benefits, including health insurance and retirement, will be maintained.

The agreement proposes joint working groups to discuss critically important issues—academic freedom, intellectual property, and repairs to the broken salary structure—during a time of labor peace.

On Monday, September 25, the CFA Board of Directors voted unanimously to recommend the tentative agreement and refer it to California Faculty Association members for their vote to ratify. Voting will take place in October. The contract will be ratified if 50% plus one of those CFA members who vote approve. The California State University Board of Trustees also must ratify the tentative agreement.

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