CSU Announces Salary Increases for Faculty and Staff

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, 562-951-4800, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

(September 22, 2005)--The California State University today reached an agreement with the California Faculty Association to provide a general salary increase of 3.5 percent for all members of the bargaining unit, retroactive to July 1, 2005. The agreement includes an understanding that the parties will continue to bargain on all other matters.

"After several difficult years of budget cuts, we were pleased and relieved that this year's budget allowed us to offer salary increases to our employees," said the California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "In the weeks since the budget was approved, we have been working to get raises to everyone as quickly as possible through the required bargaining process."

The CSU also announced agreement to a contract with the CSU Employees Union for a 3.5 percent average salary increase, also retroactive to July 1, 2005.

Several weeks earlier, the CSU successfully completed negotiations with the Academic Student Employees (UAW), International Union of Operating Engineers, the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, and the State Employees Trades Council. They also have received their raises retroactive to July 1, 2005.

Non-represented employees of the CSU also have received their salary increases retroactive to July 1.

"We hope that this increases will give us a start on closing the salary gap with our comparison institutions and narrow the market gap in several classes of employees," Reed said.

The only CSU remaining employees yet to receive their raises are the Academic Professionals of California (APC), the Statewide University Police Association (SUPA), and CSU executives.

"We are very close to an agreement with APC, but we regret that we are now at impasse with the police after extending a very generous salary offer." Reed said.

Looking ahead, Reed said, we have even more good news about salary increases. "At the end of October, at the Board of Trustees' request, we will be presenting a plan for how we can make significant progress toward improving salaries for all employees over the next five years, based on the budget compact agreement."

"I know that the past few years of budget cuts have been a difficult time for our employees, and I sincerely appreciate the hard work that everyone has continued to do on behalf of the CSU and its students," Reed said. "I look forward to improving salaries even more in the next several years."

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 82,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu

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Last Updated: September 22, 2005

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