Faculty Merit Increase Program (1998-2001)
The Faculty Merit Increase (FMI) program was implemented with the 1998 – 2001 Unit 3 collective bargaining agreement effective July 1998. The FMI program replaced the Performance Salary Step Increase (PSSI) program and provided awards in recognition of demonstrated performance by a faculty unit employee. The FMI program ended in fiscal year 2000/2001.
Pursuant to Article 31 of that agreement, faculty unit employees could receive a permanent increase in base salary based on performance criteria. Individuals at the top of the salary scale in a classification were potentially eligible for a bonus instead of a base salary increase. In either situation, no faculty member could receive more than 7.5% of base salary as a Faculty Merit Increase in any year. The agreement stated that the award of an FMI would not diminish a faculty member’s eligibility for remaining Service Salary Increases.
In 2006, the CSU and the CFA reached a settlement agreement following an award by arbitrator Goldberg in CSU Grievance No. 3-03-106. The arbitrator held that to determine whether a faculty member has received the maximum allowable number of SSIs in a given rank or classification, one must deduct the amount of any FMIs s/he has received, regardless of the rank or classification in which they were awarded. The settlement extended the arbitrator’s interpretation to a number of individual grievants as well as other faculty members who could demonstrate that they would have been eligible for an SSI after FMI awards were subtracted.
In the 2007-2010 collective bargaining agreement between the CSU and the CFA, the terms of the settlement were incorporated into the agreement. Article 31.19 states, “To determine whether a faculty member has received the maximum allowable number of SSIs, one must deduct the amount of any FMIs s/he has received, regardless of the rank or classification in which they were awarded. The parties agree to continue this definition regarding SSI eligibility for those faculty that have received an FMI award.” Thus, campuses must continue to review the records of faculty members who received FMI awards for SSI eligibility.
The SSI Settlement Agreement can be accessed via: http://www.calstate.edu/HRAdm/pdf2006/TL-SA2006-26.pdf
Processing Instructions pertinent to the FMI/SSI Settlement agreement can be accessed via: