CSU Reaches Agreement with its Staff Union

The California State University has reached an agreement with the California State Employees Association (CSEA) that will provide a 2 percent general salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2001, to support staff employees throughout the 23-campus system.

"We are extremely pleased that we will be able to get this pay increase to our deserving employees, "said Jackie McClain, vice chancellor for human resources. "Both parties worked very hard to settle this contract dispute before the holidays, and we will process these retroactive checks as quickly as possible."

The 2 percent increase is approximately $10 million.

With this settlement, the CSU has reached agreement with all of its unions for a 2 percent salary increase, except for the California Faculty Association, which has rejected settlement offers. The CSU and the CFA remain at impasse, and no new bargaining sessions have been scheduled.

The CSU was only given 2 percent by the governor and legislature in this year's budget for salary increases, so that is all that is being offered to the faculty union, but it continues to ask for additional money.

The CSEA agreement is in place through June 30, 2002. Originally, the two parties had been working on a three-year contract, but decided to finalize a one-year agreement so as to get the salary increases to the approximate 12,000 employees in the four CSEA bargaining units.

The two sides will continue to attempt to reach terms which would take effect after June 30, 2002. At this point, these negotiations are at impasse and a mediator, Walt Daugherty, has been appointed. He will meet independently with each side in December, and will begin the sessions with both parties in January.

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Last Updated: 13 December 2001

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