Cal State and faculty union reach tentative labor agreement

Students walking on CSU San Marcos campus before the pandemic. (ANNE HALL/CSU SAN MARCOS)

The California State University and the California Faculty Association, the union representing nearly 30,000 instructors across the 23-campus system, reached a tentative labor agreement on Monday after 20 months of negotiations.

The new agreement acknowledges instructors’ dedication to students by creating a one-time $3,500 Covid service award for the 2019-20 academic year for each faculty member and will give 4% salary increases to all faculty for 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic year.

“We were able to reach this tentative agreement because of the tremendous work and actions of faculty and students on all 23 campuses who communicated their strong and committed voices to the CSU, Board of Trustees, and to Chancellor Castro that we must have a fair contract,” said Charles Toombs, CFA president and professor of Africana Studies at San Diego State. “Furthermore, CFA always strongly advocates in Sacramento for a budget to meet the growing needs of the CSU, and we look forward to the CSU joining us in our budget advocacy.”

The tentative agreement, which runs through June 30, 2024, will be voted on by CSU’s trustee board at its January meeting.

It also includes a 2.65% salary increase for 2021-22 and 2023-24 for eligible faculty, including coaches, counselors and librarians as well as a 2.65% post-promotion increase during 2022-23.

“The new contract acknowledges the hard work of our faculty to ensure continued student success through the unprecedented global pandemic, while also ensuring fair compensation in challenging economic situations throughout our communities across the state,” CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro said. “Compensation for our dedicated employees is the top fiscal priority of the trustees in the CSU’s 2022-23 budget request, and we are committed to working with the leaders of CFA and the other unions that represent our employees to advocate to our legislative leaders and the governor for fully funding the CSU budget.”

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