CSU and California Faculty Association Announce Tentative Agreement and Avert Faculty Strike

At a news conference held this morning in Sacramento, California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White announced a successful tentative agreement reached between the CSU and the California Faculty Association (CFA), averting a five-day CFA strike planned for next week.

The Chancellor’s first priority after making the announcement was to notify students that all courses for the remainder of the academic term will proceed normally. An email to faculty and staff followed.

Under the proposed agreement, faculty unit employees will receive a 10.5% salary increase over three years; the collective bargaining agreement is extended an additional year to June 30, 2018; and vesting for employees hired after June 30, 2017 is increased from 5 to 10 years. General terms of the agreement can be found at http://bit.ly/1Ve3JZ5. The agreement also calls for the CSU and CFA to draft a “Side Letter of Cooperation” committing to work jointly and cooperatively to protect the quality of higher education. “We believe this agreement is in the best interest of our students, faculty and staff, as it both averts the strike that could have impacted classes next week and also provides some long-needed stability to the CSU budget process,” stated CSU Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell.

The agreement now must be approved by the CFA Board of Directors and ratified by the CFA membership, expected to occur by the end of the month, and approved by the CSU Board of Trustees, who will take up the proposal at its May 24-25 meeting.

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