After two and a half years of litigious negotiations, protests and a strike vote, faculty at the 23 Cal State campuses overwhelmingly approved a new contract with the university system.
Union members didn’t gain much – the 1% across-the-board salary increase they’d asked for was a no-go. But they did manage to stave off even more cuts.
Lillian Taiz, president of the California Faculty Association, said it was imperative for future negotiations not to concede too much in this round.
“Not being in a hole is a real victory,” Taiz said and added, “We got some small things for our members…Really important elements.”
Those elements included preventing wage cuts for summer school and extension course faculty, and securing 3-year contracts for part-time lecturer faculty. That’ll provide some job security for more than half the teaching staff at Cal State campuses.