Faculty approve contract agreement

Louis LaVenture,

The “Fight for 5” looks like it could be coming to an official end for faculty and staff of the California State University system.

On Tuesday, the California Faculty Association, the union that represents the CSU staff and faculty members, announced that its members approved a tentative agreement through an online ballot conducted from April 22 to 29. According to the CFA, 63 percent of the faculty and staff voted, with 97 percent voting in favor of the agreement.

“CSU faculty are in the classrooms, facilitating student learning and achievement, which is the whole point of a public university,” CFA President and Cal State East Bay professor Jennifer Eagan said in a statement through the CFA on Tuesday. “This agreement is an important step toward normalizing salaries for public state university faculty.”

On April 8 the CFA and CSU averted a planned strike for April 13 to 15, 18 and 19 when the tentative agreement was first reached. Now that it has been approved by the CFA, the CSU Board of Trustees must ratify it and are scheduled to meet on May 24 and 25, according to the CFA.

The agreement includes three general salary increases for all faculty. The first is a five percent increase on June 30, the second is a two percent increase on July 1 and the last is a three and a half percent increase on July 1, 2017.

The agreement also includes a 2.65 percent service salary increase for eligible faculty and an increase in promotion for tenure-track faculty up to nine percent from seven and a half, according to the CFA and CSU.