The five-day strike that students, faculty and administration at CSU Monterey Bay had braced for will no longer take place as the faculty union and the administration came to a tentative agreement on April 6.
The California Faculty Association demanded a five percent pay raise. If the CSU administration had not met the demand, 26,000-plus faculty members—including professors, librarians and coaches—had planned a strike on April 13-15 and April 18-19.
“We got a great deal on this contract,” says political history professor Meghan O’Donnell, who is also CSUMB CFA strike chair. “It’s a lot more than I was anticipating to get without going on strike.”
CSU faculty across the state will receive what is in effect a seven-percent pay raise July 1. Faculty will receive another 3.5-percent pay increase on July, 1 2017 with an additional 2.65-percent boost for qualifying faculty including lecturers (aka adjuncts with little job security).
In the coming weeks, the agreement will be brought to dues-paying faculty union members for a vote of final approval, says O’Donnell. While there were concessions made, including abandoning the demand for a retroactive pay increase for the 2015-16 academic year, O’Donnell is confident it will be approved by the rank and file.
The administration breathed a sigh of relief as what would have been one of the country's largest strikes of the past decade has been averted.
“The disconcerting threat of a strike has been lifted,” CSU Chancellor Tim White said in a message today. “Courses and campus operations will continue without interruption.”