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Strike postponed as CFA and CSU announce tentative agreement

by Jamie Ballard, News Editor

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In the midst of a 48-hour blackout period, the California Faculty Association announced that the planned faculty strike across all 23 California State University campuses is postponed, thanks to a tentative agreement on a reopened contract.

The proposed strike, which was scheduled to begin April 13, will be postponed pending approval and ratification of the agreement by the CFA Board of Directors and membership. If the CFA ratifies it, the agreement will be voted on by the CSU Board of Trustees at the May 24-25 meeting.

More details will be released at a press conference with Chancellor Timothy White and CFA President Jennifer Eagan on Friday morning at 10 a.m.

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3 Responses to “Strike postponed as CFA and CSU announce tentative agreement”

  1. Jane on April 16th, 2016 11:13 am

    The 5% raise goes into effect at 11:59 pm on June 30th. This means the faculty will get a 5% raise for 1 minute of the 2015-2016 academic year. I estimate the average faculty member will get a 10-15 cent raise for full 2015-2016 academic year. Certainly not the 5% increase we were fighting for! In addition the CFA did not inform us that they would be negotiating for the 2016-2017 or the 2017-2018 academic years. The deal for those years is not adequate either. This is the CFA’s and CSU’s way of keeping the faculty quite for 3 years.

  2. Mark on April 20th, 2016 4:21 pm

    This deal works out at 0% for 2015-16, 7% for 2016-17, and 3.5% for 2017-18. In other words a 3.5% average over 3 years.

    The faculty had the upper hand, and yet the CFA sold them out with his lousy agreement, which barely addresses wage losses they’ve endured over the last decade. These are the “good” budget years, and when the budget crises return (and they will) we’ll have to settle for 0% again. CFA hasn’t learned that you have to make hay while the sun shines.

    I hope the faculty vote this down.

  3. Rosa L. Luna on April 24th, 2016 9:39 am

    I recommend a NO vote. The average age of adjunct faculty statewide is 48. Adjuncts comprise approximately 55% of teaching faculty statewide. This number will only increase. Our older adjuncts are often veterans of industry and business who lost their jobs due to outsourcing to India and China or H1-B visas. It is these adjuncts who are going to educate our students about the reality of work in the U.S. today, which is that you may get a nice salary short-term, but you will never get a pension or healthcare benefits when you eventually get laid off (and you will). These veterans of the workforce know the score. They know that a measly single-digit salary increase from the CSUs is hardly important, but lifetime health care benefits after teaching +/- 50 classes is. Unfortunately our bargaining team did give these part-timers a single thought. Nor did they bother to survey them. The team just went for the money. But if you talk with anyone with any knowledge of compensation, they will tell you that you never give up healthcare. –Rosa

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