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support of CSU Faculty during Contract Negotiations

Resolution in support of CSU Faculty

during Contract Negotiations

Adopted March 5th, 2007

Whereas,      The Associated Students Inc. of Humboldt State University (HSUAS) is the official voice of the students of Humboldt State University (HSU); and

Whereas,      In the last 5 years, faculty members have been given a significantly higher workload of increased class sizes without adequate support, causing a decline in the quality of education for students; and

Whereas,      The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees (BOT) has accepted an agreement to increase student fees by ten percent annually until 2010 (1); and

Whereas,      Student fees have already been increased by 76% for undergraduate and by 100% for graduate students since the 2001-2002 school year (2); and

Whereas       The CSU administration has been unsuccessful in advocating for more funding from the California State Legislature to address unmet needs at the CSU; and

Whereas,      CSU administrators have been given increases in salary and perks, which total to 23% since 2004, compared to a faculty increase of 3.5% since 2003 (3); and

Whereas,      The only CSU faculty union, CFA, has consistently held a pro-student stance for the last 4 years, arguing against fee increases through resolutions and lobbying (4); and

Whereas,      HSUAS and CFA share a common vision of the Master Plan of Higher Education and work to maintain and defend the quality, affordability, and accessibility of “The People’s University” (5); and

Whereas,      The CSU administration has neglected to bargain a contract with the only faculty union recognized in the CSU (6) which would allow for the increase in costs of living in California which have been 10% since 2003; and

Whereas,      The current contract bargaining between CFA and the CSU has negatively impacted students and the education they receive; and

Whereas,      The CSU salary offer to CFA in the current collective bargaining does not address the lag between CSU faculty compensation at comparable institutions (7); and

Whereas,      HSUAS recognizes student learning conditions are greatly impacted by faculty working conditions; therefore be it

Resolved,      That HSUAS supports the dedication of their professors by supporting a fair contract without raising student fees; and be it further

Resolved,      That HSUAS chooses to stand in solidarity with CSU faculty along with the AS boards of CSU East Bay, CSU San Francisco, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Los Angeles, and CSU Maritime and urges other CSUAS’s to follow suit; and be it further

Resolved,      That HSUAS demands that President Rollin Richmond and the other HSU administrators seek a solution that is equally beneficial for administrators, students, faculty, and staff; and be it further

Resolved,      That HSUAS calls upon Chancellor Charles Reed and the CSUBOT to seek additional funding from the California State Legislature to meet the unmet needs of the CSU; and be it finally

Resolved,      That copies of this resolution be sent to (but not limited to) CFA HSU chapter president, President Rollin Richmond, CSU BOT members, Chancellor Charles Reed, CSSA chair Nadir Vissanjy, and members of the local media including but not limited to:  The Times Standard, The Lumberjack, The Eureka Reporter.

List of original supporters and signatures on file in the Associated Students Office.

______________________________                 ______________________________

Alan Chesbro                                           Crystal Chaney

Legislative Vice President                               Associated Students President

CITATIONS A.S. RESOLUTION

1. http://www.calstate.edu/pa/news/2007/GovBudget.shtml

Governor’s Budget Provides $4.3 Billion for California State University

January 10, 2007

“The 2007-08 Governor’s budget also assumes nearly $123 million in student fee revenue based on a 10 percent increase in student fees and fee revenue associated with the 2.5 percent enrollment growth.”

2. http://www.calstate.edu/budget/2006_07budindex/2006-07_budget_revised.pdf

Presentation to the Board of Trustees, Committee on Finance October 27, 2005

Page 20 (included)

3. http://www.calfac.org/allpdf/Infopicket/Chronarticle.pdf

       

The across-the-board 4 percent pay raise would apply to 28 of the CSU’s key executives—the presidents of its 23 campuses as well as Chancellor Charles Reed and four of his top deputies. If approved, the pay raise will come with what amounts to a New Year’s bonus for the administrators because the higher salary would be retroactive to July 1—presumably meaning a fat catch-up paycheck.


Reed’s annual salary of $362,500 would grow to $377,000 under his proposal.Since becoming chancellor in 1998, Reed also has been provided with a state-owned residence as well as a $30,000-a-year retirement supplement from the CSU Foundation.


In October 2005, the CSU’s top executives received an average 14 percent pay hike plus increased allowances for cars and housing. That pay raise was made retroactive to July 1, 2005.

         

…The faculty received a 3.5 percent raise in 2005.

                                                                    ”

This passed.

4. http://www.calfac.org/

        Click on “Resolution on Student fees” (most recent support)

5. http://www.calstate.edu/pa/clips2007/February/20Feb/squeeze.shtml

AND the Master Plan of Higher Education

      “

A report last year by the California Postsecondary Education Commission found CSU fees were lower than those at 15 comparable public universities. At the UC system, fees were lower than at three of four similar public institutions, the report stated.

But the report also noted that the rate of fee and tuition hikes has far outpaced income gains in California.

Middle-class students who don’t qualify for financial aid often work or take on thousands of dollars in debt to finance their futures, Vissanjy said.

‘The goal of the CSU was to be the people’s university,” he said. “But we’re not seeing that fulfilled when the people can’t afford to go.’

                                                                                      ”

6. http://www.calstate.edu/PA/news/2006/cfunegotiation06.shtml

*= “fair” meaning a salary that can keep up with the cost of living.

Cost if living has gone up almost 10% in California since 2003.

Salaries for teachers have gone up 3.5% since 2003.

7. http://www.humboldt.edu/~hsupres/CFABargaining.html

        “Salaries of CSU faculty currently lag behind those at comparable institutions by         approximately 14 percent. After increases for cost-of-living, the current salary

offer would provide an additional 12.5 percent toward closing this lag.”