Faculty agrees to new pact with California State University System

Entrance to California State University San Marcos, one of CSU’s 23 campuses. Photo by Chris Stone

Members of California Teachers Association massively ratified a new contract with the California State University system, the union announced on Thursday.

The agreement covers 29,000 teaching faculty, coaches, librarians and counselors across CSU’s 23 campuses, including San Diego Stateand runs until June 30, 2024.

According to the CFA, over two weeks, 95% of voting members supported the tentative agreement reached with the CSU in December.

“After two years of tough, member-driven negotiations, we have a new contract,” Charles Toombs, CFA president and professor of African studies at SDSU, said in a statement. “This vote means we can negotiate wage gains while changing our working conditions with a view to anti-racism and social justice. We are stronger together and our votes strongly demonstrate this. »

The agreement provides that teachers receive:

  • a one-time payment of $3,500, prorated to each faculty member’s 2020-2021 time base;
  • a general wage increase of 4%, retroactive to last July 1;
  • up to 4% salary increase, starting next July 1, depending on the state budget allocation to the CSU;
  • a 2.65% service salary increase in fiscal years 2021-22 and 2023-24 for all eligible faculty, including coaches, counselors, and librarians, and
  • a 2.65% increase after promotion in fiscal year 2022-23 for eligible faculty, including coaches, counselors and librarians.

CFA officials said the contract also made progress toward the union’s fairness goals.

Sharon Elise, CFA Bargaining Team Member and Professor of Social Justice at State of California San Marcosnoted that the “transformation we seek cannot be accomplished through negotiation alone,” but said the new contract helps to “(stand) firmly for faculty who face bias.”

The association, she said, has other goals, including working on alternatives to campus policing and addressing parental support needs.

– City News Service

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