Cal State faculty members announce tentative deal, end strike

Cal State faculty members announce tentative deal, end strike

After just one day on the picket lines California State University faculty members have canceled their historic strike.

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In a statement Monday night, the California Faculty Association announced that its members and California State University management had reached a tentative agreement, which calls for general salary increases and boosts parental leave by four weeks.

The deal ends the first system-wide faculty strike at the largest, four-year public university in the country. Faculty members are expected to return to their work assignments Tuesday.

“This historic agreement was won because of members’ solidarity, collective action, bravery, and love for each other and our students,” said Antonio Gallo, associate vice president of lecturers, south. “This is what people power looks like. This deal immensely improves working conditions for faculty and strengthens learning conditions for students.”

Highlights of the tentative agreement include a 5% general salary increase for all faculty retroactive to July 1, 2023; a 5% general salary increase for all faculty on July 1; a salary step increase of 2.65% for 2024-25; increasing parental leave from six to 10 weeks; and extending the current contract for 2022-24 one year to June 30, 2025.

In addition, the agreement provides more protection for faculty members who have dealings with police by providing for a union representative in those interactions as well as improves access to gender-inclusive restrooms and lactation spaces.

In a statement posted to the CSU website, CSU Chancellor Mildred Garcia said she was “extremely pleased and deeply appreciation” that a deal had been reached.

“The agreement enables the CSU to fairly compensate its valued, world-class faculty while protecting the university system’s long-term financial sustainability,” Garcia said.

“With the agreement in place,” the chancellor continued, “I look forward to advancing our student-centered work — together — as the nation’s greatest driver of social mobility and the pipeline fueling California’s diverse and educated workforce.”

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