CSU and CFA to Begin Fact-Finding Hearing Feb. 13

Jan. 28, 2002—The California State University system and the California Faculty Association will begin a three-day fact-finding hearing Feb.13-15, in an attempt to solve the labor dispute under the impasse procedures of the California Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act

A fact-finding panel of three members will attempt to agree upon a report that proposes recommended solutions to the issues in dispute in bargaining negotiations for a new labor contract between the CSU and the CFA.

"We hope to reach an agreement soon, so we can begin paying a well-deserved salary increase to our faculty," said Sam Strafaci, assistant vice chancellor for human resources and chief negotiator for the CSU. "The only way to provide the faculty with pay raises is for the CFA to reach an agreement with the CSU. The university system does not intend to unilaterally implement salary increases for faculty for fiscal year 2001-02."

If the CFA accepts the pay increase, the cumulative CSU full-time salary increase pool over the past 4 years would be 21 percent. The two percent increase will raise the average CSU full-time faculty salary to more than $72,000, and raise the average for full professors to $81,500. The fiscal year 2000-01 national average salary for full professors in public comprehensive institutions was $68,828.

The CSU and the CFA have been bargaining since March 2001. Negotiations reached an impasse in July. The main unresolved issue in the negotiations is the CFA's resistance to accept the 2- percent pay increase provided by the governor and the legislature in the 2001-02 state budget.

In an effort to expedite the payment of salary increases for faculty, the CSU has proposed that the parties resolve the economic bargaining for this fiscal year by agreeing to a 2 % general salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2001, while we continue bargaining for a new contract. The CFA has rejected this offer.

The union instead presented a counter-offer on Nov. 19, 2001 requesting that in addition to the 2- percent general salary increase, the CSU also provide service salary increases, department chair salary increases, counselor salary increases, and additional health benefits for some lecturers. The estimated cost of this proposal is $13.2 million in excess of the general salary increase contained in the state budget. The union stated that the proposal would expire at the beginning of the fact-finding process. As fact-finding begins, the CFA's last pre-mediation proposal is in effect, and it exceeds the 2-percent increase by $47 million.

The CFA is the only group throughout the 23-campus system that has not agreed to a 2 percent compensation increase. The California State Employees Association recently reached agreement on the 2-percent salary increase retroactive to July 2001. All other CSU employees including campus presidents, management and other unions have accepted the two percent increase.

Moreover, faculty in the University of California system also received a total 2-percent compensation increase in FY 2001-02. A one-half percent is general salary increase and 1.5 percent is in a merit pool.

Fact-finding is the last phase in the bargaining process and is designed to facilitate negotiations between the two parties. The panel chair will write a report with non-binding recommendations. Either party has the option to write a dissenting opinion to be included in the report.

For updates about contract negations with the CFA and other unions please go to www.calstate.edu and click on Faculty & Staff, Updates, Bargaining Updates.

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Last Updated: 29 January 2002

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