CSU management, faculty reach tentative salary agreement

CSU management, faculty reach tentative salary agreement

Management of California State University (CSU) system and faculty union leaders reached a tentative salary agreement on Thursday, averting a massive strike of faculty members that was set to start next week.

CSU Chancellor Timothy White and the California Faculty Association (CFA) leaders announced the deal in a joint statement yesterday night. But, they didn’t disclose the terms of the agreement, citing a 48-hour media blackout adopted by both sides on Wednesday to allow talks to continue.

The association had threatened to launch a five-day strike at all CSU campuses on April 13, if disagreements over faculty members’ salaries aren’t resolved.

Earlier this year, leaders of the faculty union rejected the management’s offer of a 2 per cent hike in salaries, and demanded a hike of 5 per cent as recommended by a neutral arbitrator.

At the time, Mr. White said, “It’s not a question of desire; it’s a question of the ability to do so. And I’m not going to spend money I don’t have. We have to live within our means.”

The tentative deal must be ratified by the CSU board of trustees and union members. The faculty association represents nearly 25,000 professors, lecturers, counselors, librarians and coaches across the university system’s 23 campuses.