Los Angeles, CA – January 24, 2024
California State University (CSU) and its faculty reached a tentative labor agreement swiftly after a one-day strike. The resolution, which averted a potential five-day campus disruption, drew mixed reactions among union members. Union leaders, including Charles Toombs, celebrated the deal, highlighting gains such as a 10% general raise over two years, increased minimum pay for instructors, extended parental leave, and improved facilities access.
While some faculty expressed discontent with the rapid resolution, others supported the move, viewing it as a major step forward in addressing income inequality within the university system. The strike, encompassing professors, lecturers, counselors, librarians, and coaches, follows a trend of labor walkouts in California’s higher education sector. The agreement includes a 5% salary increase for all faculty, retroactive to July 1, 2023, and another 5% increase on July 1 of this year, as well as other notable concessions.
As the CSU community adjusts to the unexpected conclusion of the strike, discussions continue about the implications of the tentative agreement on faculty morale, student learning conditions, and the broader landscape of higher education. The resolution marks a significant development in ongoing efforts to address the challenges faced by academic workers in the state’s educational institutions.