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CSU and UAW-Represented Employees Reach
Three-Year Labor Agreement

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(October 21, 2010) – The California State University announced today that it has tentatively reached a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the academic student employees who are represented by the United Auto Workers. The UAW represents approximately 5,400 employees who are employed by the university as teaching associates, graduate assistants and instructional student assistants.

The agreement, which will become effective upon ratification by both parties, preserves the status quo with respect to wages and fee waivers but does provide an opportunity for the UAW to request reopener bargaining over these two issues in the third year of the agreement. The agreement will be submitted for ratification to the CSU Board of Trustees at their November 2010 meeting.

Previously, the parties had been at impasse over student fee waivers and the duration of the UAW's second collective bargaining agreement since November 2008. The impasse was broken and an agreement was reached when a neutral fact-finder recommended that the CSU provide no fee waiver, rollback or freeze at this time. In addition to no fee waivers, the fact-finder recommended a three-year contract agreement.

In its report, the fact finder wrote, "In the face of the reductions and ongoing fiscal uncertainty, and the fact that CSU fees are still the lowest among 16 comparative universities, I am reluctant to recommend a new monetary benefit which will significantly impact one of two key revenue sources for CSU. Like most public sector entities, CSU is in the midst of a severe budget crisis."

Over the past two years, CSU’s general fund support was cut by $625 million or 21 percent, and the system was forced to drastically reduce enrollment, implement two day per month employee furloughs, increase student fees and make other budget reductions.

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