by Veronica Natal | Staff Writer |
The California Faculty Association (CFA) is taking concerted action Nov. 17 at the CSU Dominguez Hills and CSU East Bay campuses on the bases of not receiving pay raises for their 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 years on contract, according to the CFA website.
The CFA contract with CSU called for annual raises for the faculty from July 1, 2007 to July 30, 2010, however the raises were only given for the 2007-08 year.
“The frustration with Chancellor (Charles) Reed is he says the raises cannot be given to the faculty for the 2008-2010 contract due to the budget, but the contradiction lies in how he spends the money,” says Professor Marcia Marx, president of the CFA at CSUSB.
Marx goes on to explain, “Since those 2008-09 to 2009-2010 years, the chancellor has given raises to 500 plus managers to the tune of $6 million.”
As reported in the Daily Bulletin, CSU spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp said, “The retroactive raises – which would be paid from the current budget – are unaffordable amid state funding cuts; the raises would cost $20 million.”
A neutral third party, the Fact Finders, said it would cost only $10 million according to the CFA website.
Professor Marx also said that there is $200 million more in the budget this year and the 2009-2010 raises would cost only a quarter of one percent of the CSU budget.
The CFA is considering the Nov. 17 concerted action more of a teaching demonstration that could potentially reach a one day strike if needed.
“CFA’s leaders emphasized that while the strike would be strictly about wages, the enormous level of frustration on campus is a result of CSU Chancellor Reed’s misplaced priorities,” according to the CFA website.
Chancellor Reed’s salary is $451,500.
The students from the CSUSB Students for Quality Education released a flier which states, “607 salary raises (worth $6.5 million) were awarded in the last two years to administrators while, 10,000 courses were cut and over 2,500 faculty lost work.”
The CFA says there will be a day of informational picketing held at all of the CSU campuses either Nov. 8 or 9.
Professor Marx said that CSUSB will be having the informational picketing Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
“I think the professors should be given their raises because they are the ones doing the important work of shaping our future”, said student Kimberly True. “All the money should not be given to the big shots, it should be fairly dispersed.”
“If there was a contract, the professors should be given that money which they were promised,” said student, Trang Nguyen. “And if the budget is that bad, fine, don’t give the raises to the professors, but then don’t turn around and give it to the administrators who make more money anyway.”
When asked about the wanted outcome of the Nov. 17 concerted action, Marx said “Bottom line we want the chancellor to bargain in good faith with the expired contract and in good faith with the successor contract going on right now.”
Chancellor Reed has yet to further comment about the contract controversy.