I've heard of this happening in the past and I'm not really sure if there is a way to negotiate around it. Basically, new hires that start after July 1st (but negotiated their salary prior to July 1st) will essentially be making 7% less than new hires after July 1st. Is there a way to negotiate for a higher salary based on these contract agreements?
Date: 08 Apr 2016 23:35
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Do you have an offer that you're currently negotiating? Or you already signed a contract?
If the former, you could try to get language in your contract stating that you're eligible for any increases the union negotiates after you sign the contract. It will still be a few months before those increases are finalized so that would make you eligible assuming you get everything signed soon.
I had a TT offer from a Cal State school that I ultimately didn't go with and brought this up with the dean during negotiations (which ended pre salary increase decision). Dean mentioned that the salary increase discussion between the union and system would not influence my negotiation at all, and that the salary we agreed upon at the termination of our negotiation would not be increased if the union was able to secure the system wide increase (which they seem to have done!). Not sure if this helps, but good luck!
Same story here…. I thought I was a tough negotiator, but it seems there's no room for that in the CSU system. In fact, I think their in-house method of trying to fight salary inversion, is to try to bring people in at lower levels than what current faculty are making, and not accounting for the increase either. Of course, I would definitely always fight for anything you can get, but - in my case - it did not work out as hoped.
I had accepted a TT offer from a Cal State school (negotiations were in December), so I had wondered the exact same thing. Here is an excerpt from the California Faculty Association FAQ page on newly hired faculty:
"Although the raises only apply to those on active pay status at the time the raises are scheduled, new hires may see changes in several ways. First, the salary minima and maxima will rise with the GSIs, so if a new hire is hired at the minimum for his or her range, he or she will see an increase in the same amount as the GSIs. For those not hired at the minimum, the Dean of the hiring College has the ability to include these raises in a revised letter of offer. Newly hired faculty can attempt to negotiate for their revised hiring letters to include such language."