Constructive Engagement in the California Faculty Association (CFA)/California State University (CSU)
2008-2009 “Reopener” Bargaining
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU applaud the CSU administration and the CFA for the steps taken on both sides since approval of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement to improve communication and the overall climate of labor relations in the CSU; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU call upon the CSU administration and the CFA to maintain a spirit of cooperation and constructive engagement in the forthcoming “reopener” negotiations on faculty salary, triggered by the state’s failure to fund the CSU at the “compact” level; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU call upon the CSU administration and the CFA to work constructively toward an agreement on salary that will ensure protection of already negotiated salary increases as the minimum needed for recruitment and retention of high quality faculty; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU forward copies of this resolution to the Board of Trustees, and the CFA.
RATIONALE: In the spring of 2007 the CSU administration and the CFA reached agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). One provision of that agreement provided that if the CSU did not receive the minimum funding promised under the Governor’s “compact” with higher education, the salary provisions would be subject to further “reopener” negotiations. In 2008 the CSU administration and the CFA participated in the Alliance for the CSU, which worked cooperatively to urge the Legislature and the Governor to fully fund the CSU. During this time constructive efforts were made on both sides to improve labor relations. Unfortunately, because the 2008-09 state budget does not fund the CSU at the compact minimum, the CSU has informed the CFA that it will exercise its right under the CBA to reopen negotiations over salary. These developments notwithstanding, CSU faculty continue to lag behind colleagues at comparable institutions, the CSU continues to meet with increasing difficulty in its efforts to recruit and retain qualified faculty, and problems of salary “compression” and “inversion” persist. Hence, it is critical that the two sides work together in the constructive spirit established by the Alliance and that any adjustments made to the CBA not result in any significant diminution of faculty compensation achieved by the end of the contract.
Approved Unanimously – November 13, 2008