Cal State trustees approve 10.5 percent salary increase deal

File: Cal State faculty supporters march in Long Beach in November 2015 to support a 5 percent salary increase.
File: Cal State faculty supporters march in Long Beach in November 2015 to support a 5 percent salary increase.
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The California State University Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to approve an agreement with the California Faculty Association union that would increase faculty salaries by 10.5 percent over three years.

Starting June 30, faculty will receive a 5 percent salary increase, another 2 percent on July 1 and a 3.5 percent increase on July 1, 2017. The contract also includes a 2.65 percent service salary increase in fiscal year 2017-18. According to a press release from the chancellor’s office, about 26,000 faculty, coaches, librarians and counselors on the 23 CSU campuses are included in the agreement through June 2018.

Ninety-seven percent of members of the faculty association voted in favor of the agreement, organization president Jennifer Eagan told KPCC.

She said she believes it is a solid consensus between the two groups, but that there are still some strides to be made.

“I think with any settlement you come to through collective bargaining, neither side thinks it’s 100 percent perfect, but it’s a really solid deal and it also gives us some steady and predictable salary increases through 2018, which for us is no small thing,” she said.  

One issue that the faculty association hopes to address in the near future: range elevations for temporary faculty, Eagan said. The policy affects lecturer employees and makes it more difficult for them to advance to more permanent positions. The agreement called for a group with members of each party to work to develop a solution, she said.

Another issue that wasn’t negotiated, but one that Eagan said she hopes they will tackle, is the number of tenure-line faculty compared to the number of lecturers. The current ratio at Cal State is 60 percent lecturers and 40 percent professors who are line to receive tenure, she said.

“That ratio just keeps going in the wrong direction. We really need some significant hiring of tenure-line faculty so we can kind of keep the university healthy and keep a consistent faculty workforce in place,” Eagan told KPCC.  

Eagan said they will have to have more discussions to reach an even ratio, which even then is not an ideal goal for the union.

Now that negotiations have ended for the time being, she said she plans to rebuild relationships with the chancellor and board.