Factfinding sides with CFA in faculty dispute, acknowledge tight funds


CFA supporters and members chant outside the CSU Board of Trustees office in Long Beach, Calif., on Nov. 17, 2015. File Photo / The Sundial

Eric Licas

The fact-finding report on the stalled faculty pay negotiations between the California State University and California Faculty Association contract became public Monday.

Factfinder Bonnie Castrey sided with the approval of the California Faculty Associations’s proposal for a salary increase by reallocating funds from other projects.

Castrey’s report concedes the CSU’s budget, in its current form, lacks the funds to fund the entirety of CFA’s proposed compensation package.

She made three suggestions in her report to remedy the situation:

•The CSU should fulfill the CFA’s request for a 5 percent general salary increase and an additional service salary increase for eligible faculty.

•Salary and cost-of-living analysis should be performed comparing CSU’s to other comparable institutions

•The CSU Board of Trustees and the CFA should develop a joint strategy to procure additional state funding

CFA chapter president of the CSUN branch was not surprised to hear her findings.

“Everybody knows we deserve a better rate,” said Nate Thomas, president of the Northridge CFA chapter. “This corroborates that.”

In their dissenting statement, CSU administrators said they agree CSU faculty salaries significantly lag behind those of other professors.

CSU administrators said the university “cannot spend money that it does not have.”

They said withdrawing funds that have been committed to other projects would cause “significant harm to students, faculty and staff and California.”

However, Thomas said the CSU holds a $2 billion reserve while faculty work at multiple institutions and take on odd jobs to pay off their own college loans.

The CSU’s statement supports Castrey’s recommendation that the CFA and CSU work together to enhance state funding.

“This isn’t adversarial,” said CSUN communications professor Randy Picarelli on her way to teach class at Santa Monica College.

Picarelli doesn’t view the CSU system she works for as her enemy, but she said the CSU needs to do a better job taking care of faculty.

To read the full report click here.