The California Faculty Association (CFA) is a labor union that represents faculty and librarians in the California State University (CSU) system. The CFA recently completed negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the period of July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2023.
The CBA covers a range of issues related to employment, including salaries, benefits, workload, and professional development. The agreement includes a 3% salary increase for all faculty and librarians in each year of the agreement, and a one-time bonus of $650 for full-time faculty and $325 for part-time faculty.
Other notable provisions in the CBA include increased funding for healthcare benefits, including mental health services, and a new pilot program for reducing workload for newly-hired tenure-track faculty. The agreement also includes provisions for addressing issues related to COVID-19, such as eligibility for emergency paid sick leave and telecommuting options.
The CFA represents over 29,000 faculty and librarians in the CSU system, making it the largest higher education union in the United States. The CBA negotiations were conducted over several months, with faculty and CFA representatives engaging in a range of actions and demonstrations to push for better working conditions and salaries.
The CFA collective bargaining agreement is a significant step forward for faculty and librarians in the CSU system, who have been struggling for years with low salaries, high workload, and inadequate healthcare benefits. With this new agreement in place, faculty and librarians can look forward to improved working conditions and increased support for their professional development.