California State University Reaches Agreement with Faculty Union
California Faculty Association calls off strike effective immediately.
January 22, 2024
The California State University (CSU) is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with the California Faculty Association (CFA), ending their systemwide strike after one day. Students are advised to look for messages from their instructors regarding adjustments to their classes.
“I am extremely pleased and deeply appreciative that we have reached common ground with CFA that will end the strike immediately,” said CSU Chancellor Mildred García. “The agreement enables the CSU to fairly compensate its valued, world-class faculty while protecting the university system’s long-term financial sustainability. With the agreement in place, I look forward to advancing our student-centered work — together — as the nation’s greatest driver of social mobility and the pipeline fueling California’s diverse and educated workforce.”
The CFA represents approximately 28,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches across the CSU's 23 universities.
Further details regarding the agreement will be provided in the coming days.
After months of negotiations, the California State University system has been unable to reach separate bargaining agreements on compensation and other issues with the California Faculty Association (CFA), representing professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches. As part of the collective bargaining process, employee unions have the option to strike should there be no agreement after the conclusion of impasse proceedings.
Although negotiations with CFA were not successful, the CSU is providing CFA-represented employees with a 5% general salary increase effective the start of the February 2024 pay period, which concluded bargaining on the re-opener of the existing contract. CSU and CFA will begin negotiating their full contract later this semester.
Our University will be open and operational (e.g. library, food court, student union, advising offices or resource centers). Should there be any changes to hours and services or scheduled events, that information will be communicated via the campus website, Canvas, email, or social media accounts.
Picketing at campus entrances may cause traffic delays. Plan extra time to get to campus, especially if you have class or other appointments.
We anticipate that campus operations and administrative services will be available.
There may be picket lines or a crowd at the entrance to the University or in front of a building. You may locate an entrance where there is no picket line. Please allow yourself extra time to navigate campus; picketing may cause significant traffic delays.
CSU representatives and CFA have not been able to reach an agreement through the collective bargaining process. Campus presidents and administrators do not participate in the bargaining process. To learn more about the negotiations, visit the California State University Labor and Employee Relations website.
Negotiations with CSU unions are done at the system level. The CSU has provided all faculty with a 5% general salary increase at the start of the February 2024 pay period. CSU will begin negotiating a successor contract with CFA later this semester and remains committed to bargaining in good faith and reaching an agreement with CFA as it did with five other CSU unions this fall.
The university fully respects the free speech rights of our students, staff, and faculty. Retaliation from any member of the campus community for one’s personal position regarding the labor dispute is inappropriate and unlawful and should be reported to the campus Title IX coordinator. Contact information can be found on the systemwide Title IX webpage.
We will continue to provide updates via this website, email, and social media accounts.
FAQ for students
The CSU has not canceled classes, but individual classes may be canceled by faculty members who choose to honor the strike. In addition, mental health counselors who decide to strike may cancel appointments. However, you should not assume that all your classes, athletic practices or events, or counseling services will be canceled, as not all faculty will strike.
You should stay in touch with each of your professors, coaches or counselors. You may also check your class portal and university email for notifications of any changes to your classes.
You can share any concerns about canceled classes, mental health counseling appointments, athletics practices, and other student services via a link that will be sent to you via email. Through that link you may provide details about the class or service that was canceled.
Even if a picket line or a crowd has formed in front of the building, students and others should still be able to enter or exit the building. Alternative entrances may be available and may be used to avoid picketers. Please allow yourself extra time to navigate campus; picketing may cause significant traffic delays.
If a professor has not communicated with you that they have canceled class due to the strike, you should attend the class as normal.
Additionally, if your class is not held, you can also share any concerns about the cancellation via a link that will be sent to you via email and posted to Canvas. Through that link you may provide details about the class or other service that was canceled.
A strike should not affect your ability to complete your courses and earn full academic credit.
The strike does not involve student employees. However, strike activity may impact service hours. You should check with your manager about any scheduling changes.
Unless otherwise instructed, student workers will continue to have access to their worksites.
You should check with your professor regarding your work schedule on faculty-led research or projects.
Students cannot be forced to take a position on the strike, including being compelled to walk out of class, walk picket lines or otherwise support the strike as part of a class assignment or in exchange for a grade. Please reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students if you have further concerns.
We strongly encourage you to reach out to your professors and regularly check your student portal and email for messages from them. Any course may be affected regardless of the mode of instruction.
If you are participating in off-campus activities such as student teaching, internships or service learning, you should continue to report to the sponsoring off-campus agency to continue your assignment as usual.
Please continue to meet all deadlines for class assignments. Unless your professor has changed the due dates, these are still in effect.
Missing classes that have been canceled due to strike action will not be considered non-engagement. We will work with international students to minimize any impact.
Faculty should never try to persuade you to support or oppose the strike. Nor can faculty require you to support the strike, walk the picket lines, stay away from campus or walk out of a class as part of a class assignment or in exchange for a grade.
The Student Health Center will remain open. Services may be reduced, and hours limited.
If you have a telehealth/Zoom appointment scheduled, please keep your appointment, unless the Student Health Center has rescheduled it. If you need to reschedule or cancel, call 323-343-3300.
If you have an in-person appointment scheduled, please keep your appointment unless the Student Health Center has rescheduled it. If you need to reschedule or cancel, call 323-343-3300.
You may stop by or call us at 323-343-3300 during business hours of operation, Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. We are closed on weekends and University holidays.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will remain open. Services may be reduced, and hours limited.
If you have a telehealth/Zoom appointment scheduled, please keep your appointment. If you need to reschedule or cancel, call 323-343-3300.
If you have an in-person appointment scheduled, please keep your appointment. If you need to reschedule or cancel, call 323-343-3300.
All student services will be open on campus and in housing on Dec. 6. Basic need services such as the Food Pantry, emergency grants, CalFresh application assistance, etc. will be available during this time.
Technology Loan Services are available through the Office of the Dean of Students Office as part of our Basic Needs services. You can request a loaner laptop by following the procedure below:
Step 1. Visit the Technology Loan Program website to sign up for a laptop loaner.
Step 2. Select your preferred pick-up day and time.
Step 3. Visit the Office of the Dean of Students located at the Student Services Building, Room 4380 on the 4th floor.
Step 4. Refer to the Equipment Instructions webpage for more information on your laptop.
Yes, food services will remain open.
Yes. Our Department of Public Safety will not be on strike. Services will remain open and available.
The university fully respects the free speech rights of our students, staff, and faculty. Retaliation from any member of the campus community for one’s opinion or position regarding the labor dispute is inappropriate and unlawful and should be reported immediately to the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs.
In the event of a strike, the University will remain open. University operations and most services are expected to continue. Because of this, students will not be reimbursed for tuition and fees.
FAQ for staff
No. A represented employee is not obligated to strike. The decision is yours to make. Unions are legally prohibited from threatening or coercing members from coming to work. You may choose to come to work. If you work, you will receive the same compensation and benefits you normally receive.
No. It is important to remember that CFA participating in the strike is exercising their rights under their collective bargaining agreement. The CSU and Cal State LA respect CFA's right to strike.
The strike is not expected to interfere with other work on campus. Please allow yourself extra time to arrive to work on this day; picketing may cause significant traffic delays.
There may be picket lines or a crowd at the entrance to the University or in front of a building. Please allow yourself extra time to navigate campus; picketing may cause significant traffic delays.
Yes. If an employee asks a question, managers can respond. Employees should be referred to their union about specific questions regarding union membership, union activities, and potential strike activity.
Many of our other unions have recently reached tentative agreement with the CSU and have collective bargaining agreements in effect that prohibit them from engaging in sympathy strikes. Non-striking employees may join the picket lines during non-work time.