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CSU faculty approves 3 percent compensation increase

Joyce Mikal-Flynn teaches a class on the brain and gender at Sacramento State last year. The CSU faculty union backed a 3 percent increase in the system’s compensation pool.
Joyce Mikal-Flynn teaches a class on the brain and gender at Sacramento State last year. The CSU faculty union backed a 3 percent increase in the system’s compensation pool. lsterling@sacbee.com

The California State University faculty union has approved a new three-year contract that would raise its base compensation pool of $1.53billion by 3percent.

The California Faculty Association announced Tuesday that its members, representing about 25,000 instructional faculty, coaches, librarians and counselors at the 23 CSU campuses, had voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached last month. It will be taken up for approval by the CSU Board of Trustees during its meeting this week.

The contract would provide a general 1.6percent salary increase for all faculty members, with an additional 3percent hike for targeted faculty whose salaries remain below more junior colleagues and adjustments to lecturers’ salary ranges. It also includes the option to reopen negotiations for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

“After years of sacrifice by faculty, this contract is a work in progress toward fixing our broken salary system,” CFA President Lillian Taiz said in a statement. “It is a contract that will help us focus our energy and attention on taking care of our families and teaching the students of California.”

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