California State University Reaches Tentative Agreement With Faculty Union

By City News Service
City News Service
City News Service
December 20, 2021 Updated: December 20, 2021

LOS ANGELES—The California State University (CSU) and the California Faculty Association (CFA) union have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, CSU announced Dec. 20.

The agreement covers the 29,000 instructional faculty, coaches, librarians, and counselors across the 23 CSU campuses and, upon ratification by the CSU Board of Trustees and CFA membership, will run through June 30, 2024.

“The new contract acknowledges the hard work of our faculty to ensure continued student success through the unprecedented global pandemic, while also ensuring fair compensation in challenging economic situations throughout our communities across the state,” CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro said.

The agreement calls for faculty to receive:

—a one-time payment of $3,500, prorated by each faculty member’s 2020–21 timebase;

—a 4 percent general salary increase, retroactive to this past July 1;

—up to a 4 percent graduate student instructors, effective July 1, 2022, dependent on the state budget allocation to the CSU;

—a 2.65 percent service salary increase during fiscal years 2021–22 and 2023–24 for all eligible faculty, including coaches, counselors, and librarians; and

—a 2.65 percent post-promotion increase during fiscal year 2022–23 for eligible faculty, including coaches, counselors, and librarians.

The agreement will be brought to the CSU Board of Trustees for approval at the upcoming meeting, on Jan. 25–26, according to CSU.

“We were able to reach this tentative agreement because of the tremendous work and actions of faculty and students on all 23 campuses who communicated their strong and committed voices to the CSU, Board of Trustees and to Chancellor Castro that we must have a fair contract,” said Charles Toombs, president of CFA and professor of Africana Studies at San Diego State University.

“We all thank Chancellor Castro for acting on this strong faculty commitment to rights, respect, and justice, where faculty working conditions are student learning conditions,” he said.