Cal State faculty union postpones planned strike after tentative salary agreement is reached

A massive strike next week that could have crippled California State University campuses was put on hold Thursday, after administrators and the union representing faculty announced a tentative agreement over a long-running salary dispute.

The five-day strike, which was set to begin Wednesday, was postponed pending approval of the agreement by California Faculty Assn.’s members and board of directors, union and university officials said in a joint statement.

Details of the agreement will be announced Friday morning by Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White and CFA President Jennifer Eagan in a joint news conference.

Interested in the stories shaping California? Sign up for the free Essential California newsletter >>


Once ratified by the union, the tentative agreement will be voted on in May by the Cal State Board of Trustees.

University officials resumed talks with the union Wednesday in a final attempt to avert what could have been the largest strike by higher education faculty in the nation.

Both parties agreed to hold off on strike preparations during a two-day “blackout period” and also agreed to refrain from talking publicly about the negotiations.

Efforts to reach an agreement began almost a year ago. 


The faculty group had demanded a 5% pay raise, citing studies that show Cal State has the money to do so and that faculty members are underpaid compared with those at other public institutions.


(Paul Duginski)

University officials, facing financial pressures since state budget cuts during the recession, said there was room in the budget for only a 2% raise, with additional increases possible in the future.


(Paul Duginski)

An independent mediator released a report last week that sided with the union and said a 5% raise was warranted. The Cal State Board of Trustees met earlier this week to discuss the report’s conclusions.

In a meeting last week with The Times’ editorial board, Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White said he was sympathetic to the faculty union’s position.


The challenge, he said, is balancing faculty compensation against the costs of higher enrollment, academic support programs and much-needed maintenance and upgrades to buildings and technology.

Follow @RosannaXia for more education news. 


Cross has no place on L.A. County seal, judge rules

Rain moves into Southern California and will linger through Sunday

Social workers charged with child abuse in case involving torture killing of Gabriel Fernandez

Get our Essential California newsletter