The California State University and the California Faculty Association today (Wednesday, June 28) jointly asked the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to declare an impasse in their collective bargaining negotiations. The main unresolved issue in the negotiations is the CFA's resistance to continuing the negotiated merit pay program.
"We are disappointed we have reached impasse. The CSU has been working very hard with the CFA to negotiate an agreement. We hope to reach an agreement soon so we can begin distributing well-deserved salary increases to faculty," said Jackie McClain, CSU vice chancellor for human resources. "The CSU is committed to the merit pay program because it is a very important way to reward outstanding faculty performance, and we will continue to support it during these negotiations."
The merit pay program was agreed to by the CFA and is in their current contract, which doesn't expire until July 2001. The CSU is seeking to apply this language. The program takes 40 percent of the salary increase pool and uses those funds to award outstanding faculty achievement. The CFA's current proposal is that the merit portion of the pool be based on service rather than performance.
The CFA and the CSU agreed to request a six percent faculty salary increase in the 2000/01 state budget. The CSU secured the funding and offered a total increase of six percent.
If the CFA accepted the six percent increase, the cumulative CSU full-time faculty salary increase over the past three years would be 18.8 percent. The six percent increase would raise the average CSU full-time faculty salary to more than $70,200, and raise the average for full professors, who make up about two-thirds of the full-time CSU faculty, to more than $80,500.
If PERB agrees to grant the impasse, a mediator will be appointed to facilitate the progress of contract negotiations between the CFA and CSU.
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