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Public Employment Relations Board Certifies State of Impasse in California State University and California Faculty Union Negotiations

Third Party Mediation is Next Step

(September 29, 2006) – The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) granted Thursday a certification of state of impasse in negotiations between the California State University (CSU) and the California Faculty Association (CFA). The impasse was requested by the CSU.

The CSU sees the impasse as the only option to moving forward toward a resolution on the issues in disagreement. The impasse request came after negotiations were discontinued on September 15 between the CSU and the CFA, which represents 22,000 faculty and lecturers. Under the law, any impasse must be certified by PERB.

The next step is PERB’s appointment of a third party mediator selected by State Mediation and Conciliation Services. Once the mediator is appointed, mediation sessions will begin.

The CSU and the faculty union have been negotiating for 18 months and have already reached agreement on many of the economic issues, including healthcare and retirement. However, the parties were unable to come to terms on several other issues, including total salary compensation, and an incentive and equity pay program for members of the bargaining unit.

CSU had offered the CFA a proposal that included a 24.87 percent salary increase over four years, beginning in 2006/07, contingent upon funding of the Compact with the Governor, and an additional one percent augmentation for compensation.

The CSU and CFA have agreed to extend the terms of the current contract until October 31, 2006.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 84,000 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

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Last Updated: October 2, 2006

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