January 28, 2002 Vol. VI, No. 9

CSU System and CSEA Reach Agreement for Staff Raises

Two Percent General Pay Increase Due to Arrive in Early February Paychecks

The California State University has reached agreement with the California State Employees Association (CSEA) to provide a 2 percent general salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2001 for staff employees in the 23-campus system. Both parties will continue, meanwhile, to negotiate the terms of a new contract to begin in fiscal year 2002-03.

"We are extremely pleased that both parties worked so hard to reach an agreement and that we will now be able to get this pay increase to our deserving employees," said Jackie McClain, the CSU¹s vice chancellor for human resources. "We will process the retroactive checks as quickly as possible."

CSU officials said employees represented by the CSEA can expect to see the new 2 percent pay raises reflected in their paychecks arriving at the beginning of February. CSEA represented employees should receive the retroactive portion of the pay raise no later than the middle of February.

Systemwide, the 2 percent increase totals about $10 million. It will be distributed among the some 12,000 CSU employees in the four CSEA bargaining units (Unit 2­Health Care Support; Unit 5­Operations and Support Services; Unit 7­Clerical and Administrative Support; and Unit 9­ Technical and Support Services).

All other staff unions have agreed to and received a 2 percent salary increase, and the same increase was provided to campus managers, administrators, and presidents.

The CSU and CSEA originally had been working on a three-year contract, but decided to finalize a short-term agreement to ensure that CSEA employees would receive this year¹s salary increases. The new agreement, which includes an extension of the terms of the prior bargaining agreement, will run through June 30, 2002.

The two sides will continue to negotiate on terms that would take effect after June 30, 2002. A mediator has been appointed to oversee those negotiations, which are at impasse.

The California Faculty Association (CFA) now is the only remaining CSU bargaining group has not accepted the 2 percent salary increase that the CSU was given by the governor and the Legislature in the 2001­02 state budget. The CSU and the CFA also remain at impasse, with no new bargaining sessions scheduled.

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