Leaders of the California Faculty Association Monday said they will be at upcoming committee meetings of the California State University Board of Trustees to speak out against its recent approval of executive pay raises.
CFA leaders said they intend to address the Finance Committee on Tuesday about the raises, as well as a funding request to be made of newly elected Gov. Gavin Newsom and student mental health care.
Shortly after the 2018-19 budget was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown with an increase in funding for the CSU system, the Chancellor’s Office proposed increases in executive pay, and the board in July approved a 3 percent increase for the 23 campus presidents, five vice chancellors and CSU Chancellor Timothy White, whose annual pay grew by $13,510 to $463,855, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The move came even though Brown had sent a strongly-worded letter to the board urging them not to move forward with the raises.
“CFA, along with student activists, ran a campaign for this budget that focused on racial justice, equity, and access for students turned away from the CSU, not on executive pay increases,” CFA President Jennifer Eagan said in a letter to the board in September.
Mike Uhlenkamp, the chancellor’s office spokesman, said the increase was a similar percentage to what was given recently to employee groups, with the exception of the faculty, who will receive a larger 3.5 pay increase.
“When the budget is good,” Uhlenkamp told The Daily Titan, ”then we negotiate contracts with our represented employees that lock them in to giving them raises over a number of years.”