CSU, faculty to announce tentative agreement that will thwart next week’s strike

(S.F. Examiner file photo)

California State University leaders and the faculty union Friday morning are slated to announce a tentative agreement reached in their contract negotiations.

Such an agreement means the proposed five-day faculty strike that was set to begin next week at all 23 campuses across the state, including San Francisco State University, is postponed pending approval of the agreement by the union’s Board of Directors.

The five-day strike would have marked the largest strike for CSU faculty since the university system was created in 1960.

University leaders and the union had been unsuccessfully negotiating a new contract for more than a year. The union had pushed for a 5 percent salary increase, while CSU management countered with a 2 percent increase, according to education officials.

The strike was set to take place from April 13-15 and April 18-19, following the release last month of a fact-finding report that marked the last step in the statutory collective bargaining process between CSU leaders and the union, which represents more than 26,000 faculty, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches.

The terms of the tentative agreement were set to be announced Friday by CSU Chancellor Timothy White and CFA President Jennifer Eagan, and will be voted on by the CSU Board of Trustees at its May 24-25 once the agreement is ratified by the CFA membership.

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