March 11, 2002 Vol. VI, No. 12

CSU and CFA Reach Tentative Agreement for Pay Raises

After bargaining for nearly a year, the California State University system and the California Faculty Association have agreed on terms for a tentative three-year agreement, including a 2 percent faculty salary increase for each fiscal year, 2001-02 and 2002-03, and additional selected raises for 2002-03.

The agreement is subject to ratification by the CFA membership and approval by the CSU Board of Trustees. The agreement runs through June 30, 2004.

"We are very pleased to have reached an agreement that is mutually acceptable, and continues to provide competitive salary increases and benefits for faculty as well as part-time lecturers," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "The trustees and the administration very much wanted to compensate the faculty for the outstanding work they do in providing high-quality education to CSU students."

"This agreement reflects an important turn-around after months of bargaining. I congratulate everyone who worked on it for their persistence and hard work," said CFA President Susan Meisenhelder.

Michael Reagan, president of the CFA chapter at Northridge, said campus faculty bargaining unit members can vote on the agreement from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, March 18-21, in the lobby of the Oviatt Library.

Reagan said Northridge voting will occur in the second week of the two-week period of voting at CSU campuses statewide. The tentative agreement will be accepted or rejected by a simple majority of those voting. Reagan said the systemwide result could be known by Friday, March 22 or Monday, March 25.

The tentative agreement for faculty bargaining unit members includes:




The 2 percent increase for faculty for 2001-02 is the same percentage agreed to by all other CSU unions, and also is what CSU administrators received.

The tentative agreement came after a three-day fact-finding hearing, completed in mid-February, and continued negotiations thereafter that concluded in the early morning hours of March 2.

If the agreement is ratified by the CFA membership, it will be presented to the CSU Board of Trustees for approval at the May board meeting.

The CSU is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1960, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CFA is the exclusive collective bargaining representative for CSU faculty, and represents tenure-track faculty, lecturers, librarians and counselors.

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