CFA and CSU reach agreement on first-year contract, will negotiate for following years

The California State University board of trustees ratified a tentative agreement with the California Faculty Association Wednesday, which outlines a three-year contract for faculty members.

Ongoing negotiations between the CSU and the CFA about salary structure and workload have come to a standstill, but the tentative agreement outlines specific details for the first year’s payment policy. The CFA wants to see salary inequalities in the second and third year’s payment policy, according to SF State Chapter CFA President Sheila Tully.

Prior to the CSU Board’s approval, the CFA negotiating team asked its members to vote, which ended in a 91 percent vote in favor of the agreement according to a CFA Newsletter. The finalized contract will serve faculty until June 2017.

Before the voting took place, Tully said she would recommend members accept the the agreement. According to Tully, the tentative agreement has significant gains for faculty, but the CFA will continue to negotiate for a different salary structure for the second and third years covered by the contract.

“As we move into spring we will be working on building power to get what we need for faculty at the bargaining table in May,” Tully said.

In May the CFA negotiators will once again meet with the CSU to stipulate remaining details and finalize the contract.