CFA E-MAIL NEWS UPDATE
"CFA REPORT ON CSU BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING, MAY 14-15, 2002"
MAY 17, 2002


CFA REPORT ON CSU BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING, MAY 14-15, 2002
 
 
CSU TRUSTEES RATIFY CFA/CSU CONTRACT
 
On Tuesday, May 14, the Board of Trustees Committee on Collective
Bargaining ratified the contract between CSU and CFA. The
Administration has announced that the first 2% negotiated general
salary increase will appear in the June 1 paycheck. The
ratification vote by the Trustees closes a door to a difficult
but pivotal period of labor relations between CFA and the Reed
Administration.
 
CFA President Susan Meisenhelder, speaking to the Board on
Wednesday, continued her discussion with the Trustees regarding
using the contract experience to build a more functional and
possibly cooperative relationship. She expressed her appreciation
to Executive Vice Chancellors David Spence and Richard West, who
are working cooperatively with us on responding to ACR 73. (ACR
73, authored by Virginia Strom-Martin, called for a joint
committee with representatives from the CSU administration, CFA,
and the Academic Senate to develop a plan to reach a goal of
having 75% of the faculty in tenure-track positions.) This
committee's work and a joint CFA/CSU letter to the Legislature
urging them to improve the marginal cost of instruction formula
used to fund the system, Meisenhelder argued, represent examples
of projects that are good for the system and helpful in
developing a better relationship between the administration and
the faculty.
 
On the other hand, Meisenhelder told the Trustees, a recent labor
relations staff letter, clearly trying to make CFA appear
responsible for the absence of language in the new contract to
include domestic partners in the fee waiver and family leave
provisions, was a return to the tactics and positioning that we
feel was at the center of the confrontational atmosphere
surrounding contract bargaining over the last year. The good news
coming out of this exchange was the administration's agreement to
include domestic partners in the two contract provisions without
requiring several conditional "give backs" that Assistant Vice
Chancellor Sam Strafaci was demanding. As President Meisenhelder
concluded with the Board, "There are certain things you simply
don't "horse-trade'."
 
 
NEW BOARD CHAIRPERSON AND COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS ANNOUNCED
 
Board offices and committee assignments for next year were also
announced at the Board meeting. The new Chair of the Board will
be Debra Farar, the Vice Chair will be Murray Galinson, and the
members of the Collective Bargaining Committee will be: Robert
Foster, Chair; William Hauck, Vice Chair, Roberta Achtenberg,
William Campbell, Martha Fallgatter, Ricardo Icaza, Shailesh
Mehta, Ralph Perqueira, and Frederick Pierce.
 
 
NONRESIDENT TUITION FEE RATE INCREASE
 
The Board approved an increase in nonresident tuition of 15%.