The California State University faculty union announced Tuesday that its members overwhelmingly approved a new contract that will raise salaries by more than 10 percent over the next two years.
The agreement was unveiled last month after a nearly yearlong standoff with the university over pay raises and just days before the California Faculty Association – which represents approximately 26,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches – was set to begin a massive five-day strike across the 23-campus system.
The union said 63 percent of its undisclosed number of members participated in the online vote, with 97 percent favoring the contract. It will provide a 5-percent salary increase on June 30 and another 2 percent on July 1, followed by a 3.5-percent increase on July 1, 2017.
The agreement, which also boosts the minimum raise for faculty promotions and doubles the amount of time to become fully eligible for retirement health benefits to 10 years, will next go before the CSU Board of Trustees for ratification at its meeting in late May.
According to data from CSU and the faculty association, there are nearly 10,000 tenured or tenure-track professors in the system making an average of about $84,000 per year. But lower-paid lecturers, many of whom are only part time, now make up more than half the teaching staff in the system. They receive an average rate per-class equivalent to a $50,645 salary.