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California State University reaches tentative three-year labor contract with faculty union

California State University and its faculty union have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year labor contract, it was announced today.

The agreement, which covers more than 23,000 instructional faculty, coaches, librarians and counselors on the 23 CSU campuses, will be in effect through June 30, 2017, according to a Cal State statement.

The pact, which must be ratified by both the membership of the California Faculty Association and the CSU Board of Trustees, “is a tremendous accomplishment,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. 

“As we approach the next year with limited resources and increased expectations at state and federal levels for increased outcomes, we have this agreement as the foundation on which to build a bright future for our students who deserve the highest quality education programs in the state,” he said.

The agreement provides an increase of 3 percent to the base compensation pool for 2014-15, the statement said. The additional funding will be used in part to provide a 1.6 percent general salary increase for all CFA employees.

The agreement also provides for renewed negotiations to determine salaries for 2015-16 and 2016-17, as well as provisions to address workload concerns — including a $1.3 million pool to fund additional assigned time “for faculty who provide exceptional levels of service to students” and a $2.7 million pool to fund changes to instructional workload assignments for new probationary faculty, according to the Cal State statement.

The last contract expired June 30.

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