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No agreement reached in negotiations between California State University and faculty union

Mediation ends, parties proceed to fact-finding process

(December 20, 2006) Mediation sessions between the California State University and the faculty union ended on Dec. 15 without the parties reaching an agreement. Both parties maintained their positions on all outstanding issues during mediation sessions. The parties will now move to fact-finding, which is the next step for impasse procedures under the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act.

The CSU has made an excellent compensation offer that will benefit all faculty members and make their compensation more competitive. The salary offer, which was rejected by the union, includes a 24.5 percent salary increase to be paid over the next three years, and CSU payment of 100 percent of the increase in medical insurance premiums over the life of the contract. The actual value of the CSU offer will be a 27 percent increase in salary during the next three years once the annual increases in the CSU offer are compounded.

The CSU has reached agreements or tentative agreements with eight other bargaining units, representing physicians, healthcare workers, administrative and technical support, academic support, trades and law enforcement.

The CSU wants to come to an agreement with the faculty union so its 23,000 faculty members can receive the salary and medical benefits they deserve. In the meantime, the CSU and the faculty union agreed to extend the terms of the current contract until Jan. 31, 2007.

Formal Offer to California Faculty Association

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 430,000 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 www.calstate.edu

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Last Updated: December 20, 2006

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