LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Cal State University officials Friday said they have reached a tentative agreement with its faculty union on a 3-year labor contract.

The agreement, which covers more than 23,000 instructional faculty, coaches, librarians and counselors on 23 CSU campuses, will be in effect through June 30, 2017, according to a statement from Cal State.

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The pact must still be ratified by both the membership of the California Faculty Association and the CSU Board of Trustees, but it “is a tremendous accomplishment,” CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White said.

“As we approach the next year with limited resources and increased expectations at state and federal levels for increased outcomes, we have this agreement as the foundation on which to build a bright future for our students who deserve the highest quality education programs in the state,” he said.

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The agreement provides an increase of 3 percent to the base compensation pool for 2014-15, according to CSU officials. The additional funding will be used in part to provide a 1.6 percent general salary increase for all CFA employees.

The agreement also provides for renewed negotiations to determine salaries for 2015-16 and 2016-17, as well as provisions to address workload concerns – including a $1.3 million pool to fund additional assigned time “for faculty who provide exceptional levels of service to students” and a $2.7 million pool to fund changes to instructional workload assignments for new probationary faculty, CSU officials said.

The last contract expired June 30.

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