News Release

Contract ratification, dire budget choices on agenda of Cal State U. Trustees next week

NEWS FROM THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION For Immediate Release: September 14, 2012

The critical impact of the November election on California’s public universities will take center stage next week as the California State University Board of Trustees convenes in Long Beach.

The trustees will consider a package of budget contingency plans to address a potential $250 million midyear “trigger” cut that would go into effect if voters do not pass the Governor’s Proposition 30 tax measure in the November 6 election.

Among the options being considered by the trustees – should Prop 30 fail – are another round of painful student fee hikes, further reductions in enrollment, increases in class size, furloughs or layoffs for CSU faculty and staff and even the closing an entire campus. 

Conversely, if the governor’s tax initiative is passed, CSU students could receive a $498 refund via a “buy‐out” of the fee hike enacted earlier this year.

End in Sight to Contentious Contract Negotiations

Also on the Trustees’ agenda is a vote to ratify the tentative collective bargaining agreement with the California Faculty Association.

The vote will end nearly two years of often contentious negotiations between the two sides. The enmity came to a head in May when faculty voted overwhelmingly to go on strike should efforts to resolve the dispute at the bargaining table fail. Two months later, the sides reached an agreement.

CFA members already have voted to accept the agreement with 91% voting in favor. The parties are hopeful that this agreement will allow the CSU community to focus its attention to critical matters related to increasing revenue to the state and to the CSU.

Who: Members of the California Faculty Association as well as students and staff will be on hand to dialogue with trustees and the news media on the need to pass Proposition 30.

Where: The meetings are held at the CSU Chancellor’s Office, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach.

When: Tuesday and Wednesday, September 18-19. The meeting is open to the public beginning at 11 am Tuesday. CFA representatives will be available for interviews; to arrange an interview please contact Alice Sunshine at (510) 384-1967.

To view the full schedule and meeting agendas visit: http://calstate.edu/bot/agendas/

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