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CFA and CSU Announce Tentative Agreement That Averts Strike

 

(From l.) CFA President Jennifer Eagan, Bargaining Chair Kevin Wehr and Kathy Sheffield, the CFA director of representation, announce a three-year tentative agreement that meets the union’s long-standing “Fight for Five” demand. She noted that the agreement affects the planned “largest strike in history that did not happen.”

It took nearly two-years, but the California Faculty Association has won a major victory in its long battle for higher education students and faculty.

CFA leaders and the Chancellor of the California State University system at a 10:04 a.m. news conference on Friday announced the details of a tentative agreement expected to stave off the system’s first statewide strike.

With the support of CTA and other unions, CFA leaders made it clear that its 26,000 members on campuses throughout California were prepared to take part in the largest higher education strike in the nation’s history.

CTA leaders and staff were prepared to take up spots on the picket lines bright and early on April 13, the scheduled start of the five-day strike.

“We are pleased the CSU administration is finally doing right by California’s hard-working faculty. We applaud our CFA colleagues for staying strong while waiting for these long overdue raises that recognize their hard work and dedication to educating our students,” said CTA President Eric C. Heins in his remarks to the media.

“Now we must all come together to ensure our schools and colleges have the resources they need to keep moving forward. It’s why educators are currently gathering signatures to put the Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act on the November ballot. Voters approved Proposition 30 in 2012 to restore funding to public education and stop classroom cuts. With those revenues set to sunset soon, the new measure would temporarily extend the income tax on California’s wealthiest two percent to prevent another round of devastating cuts and provide funding for schools, colleges and health care for low-income children.”

CFA members have gone without salary increases since 2008, and CFA leaders report many have lost their homes or declared bankruptcy. Some have made ends meet through food stamps and other forms of public assistance.

The union’s case gained additional support from the report issued by a neutral fact-finder that determined the university should meet the CFA’s 5% salary boost demand and work with the union to make CSU salaries more competitive.

The fact finder declared that the university has the funds to raise salaries and should do so to help retrain the university’s current high quality instructional staff and attract new ones. The union’s bargaining team and executive board are recommending that members ratify the pact. Members are expected to vote by the end of the month.

Once the agreement secures CFA membership ratification, it will go before the CSU Board of Trustees, something expected to happen at the May 24-25 trustee meeting.

See the CFA announcement at www.calfac.org for more details on the tentative agreement.

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