California State University faculty union members overwhelmingly approved a new labor agreement, association officials announced yesterday.
Last week, 97 percent of voting members of the California Faculty Association agreed to accept the tentative agreement between the union and CSU administration. CSU trustees are expected to vote on the contract at meetings on May 15 and 16.
The tentative agreement was reached in April after 23 months of contentious negotiations. The union, which represents more than 23,000 faculty, coaches, counselors and librarians, had threatened to strike for the first time.
The contract would raise base pay for faculty by 20.7 percent over four years. Additional increases for longevity and merit would make the package worth 24.9 percent to many members.