Tentative Labor Deal Reached In Nation’s Largest Public University System

January 23, 2024

I am extremely pleased and deeply appreciative that we have reached common ground with C.F.A that will end the strike immediately.

California State University Chancellor Mildred Garcia said after a deal was reached Monday evening, the same day that strikes began.

What To Know: The California State University system – the largest public university system in the U.S. with 23 campuses – and the California Faculty Association (CFA) striking union have reached a tentative deal on wage increases. Hours earlier, 29,000 staff and faculty members walked out of work and began a weeklong strike for higher wages. Under the tentative deal, faculty members will return to work on Tuesday.

The Deal: While union members originally sought a 12% pay increase, the deal would increase all faculty member’s salaries by 5% retroactively and an additional 5% raise marked for July 1. It would also raise the salary floor for the lowest-paid workers by $3,000 and increase parental leave from six weeks to ten weeks.

In the upcoming weeks, union members will vote on the contract.

Antonio Gallo, associate vice president of lecturers for California’s southern region said, “This deal immensely improves working conditions for faculty and strengthens learning conditions for students,” and California State University Chancellor Mildred Garcia said in a statement, “The agreement enables the C.S.U. to fairly compensate its valued, world-class faculty while protecting the university system’s long-term financial sustainability.”

Read More:

Cal State Professors Reach Tentative Deal to End Strike (The New York Times)

California State University faculty launch weeklong strike across 23 campuses (The Associated Press)

by Sarah Pinkerton,