CSU and UAW Reach Tentative Agreement

(May 12, 2005) – After bargaining for seven months, the California State University system and the California Alliance of Academic Student Employees/United Auto Workers (CAASE/UAW) reached a tentative agreement last night on their first collective bargaining contract.

The agreement is subject to ratification by CAASE/UAW members and the CSU Board of Trustees. Details of the agreement will be released after ratification.

"We are very pleased that we have reached an agreement for the first contract with the UAW. Initial contract bargaining is often very difficult and the agreement is an indication that the parties took their work seriously,” said Sam Strafaci, CSU assistant vice chancellor for human resources. “Both parties were willing to be creative and make the compromises necessary to reach agreement in a constructive and professional manner. I am looking forward to working with the union leadership during the term of this contract."

Under the terms of the agreement, the CSU and the CAASE/UAW will have a three-year contract for 6,000 academic student employees working as teaching associates, graduate assistants, and instructional student assistants.

“This is an historic agreement for academic student employees at CSU,” said Raymond Wight, a CAASE/UAW Bargaining Committee member and instructional student assistant at San Diego State University. “It brings tangible benefits for our members and lays the foundation for future collective bargaining negotiations with the CSU.”

The California State University system is the largest and most diverse university system in the country. The UAW represents more than 26,000 academic student employees nationally, including more than 12,000 at the University of California.

CSU— Clara Potes-Fellow (562) 951-4906
UAW – Xochitl Lopez (916) 498-8452

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Last Updated: May 12, 2005

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