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CSU faculty reach tentative deal for 3 percent compensation increase

California State University Chancellor Timothy White, shown in June 2011, called Friday’s tentative contract with faculty “a tremendous accomplishment.”
California State University Chancellor Timothy White, shown in June 2011, called Friday’s tentative contract with faculty “a tremendous accomplishment.” Associated Press file

California State University has reached a tentative agreement with its faculty union for a three-year contract that would increase the base compensation pool of $1.53 billion by 3 percent.

The contract would provide a general 1.6 percent salary increase for more than 23,000 instructional faculty, coaches, librarians and counselors at the 23 CSU campuses, with an additional 3 percent hike for targeted faculty whose salaries remain below more junior colleagues and adjustments to lecturers’ salary ranges.

“The multiyear agreement is a tremendous accomplishment,” CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White said in a written statement. “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.”

The contract, which will go into effect this year if it is approved by the CSU Board of Trustees and membership of the California Faculty Association, includes the option to reopen negotiations for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

CFA President Lillian Taiz said that if the contract is ratified, the faculty union would likely push for further salary increases.

“All of us feel like this is a beginning small step for a recovery,” she said. “It’s been about six, seven years, really, since our faculty got meaningful raises. Folks were feeling pretty demoralized and stretched pretty thin.”

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