In comments attached to the report, CSU vice chancellor for human resources Jackie R. McClain wrote that the recommended salary hike “goes beyond the fiscal priority” of the university. “We have no idea whether the recommendations can be funded within the money available,” she wrote. During a news conference Sunday, Reed would not discuss details regarding faculty salaries but said he was committed to using the report as a “framework” for an agreement. “The fact-finder tried to be fair to both sides and kind of split the difference,” Reed said. The administration’s own proposal to increase wages by nearly 25percent over the next three years has been criticized by union leaders who question whether most faculty would receive the promised raises. Faculty voted last week to authorize a spring labor strike that could start as early as next month. Union officials said that despite the extension, faculty continued to prepare for a series of two-day strikes in April in case a settlement was not reached. The rolling strikes would move from campus to campus to avoid disrupting the education of more than 400,000 CSU students, though a systemwide walkout remained an option, union leaders said. “We’re going to do what it takes to get a contract,” Travis said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Faculty and administrators locked in a nearly two-year contract dispute at the nation’s largest four-year public university system agreed Sunday to a temporary contract extension that could ward off a strike. The 10-day extension gives both sides time to hammer out an agreement under guidelines in an independent report recommending a nearly 25percent pay raise for California State University’s 23,000-member faculty, officials said. “I’m optimistic that a settlement can be reached during these 10 days,” CSU Chancellor Charles Reed said. California Faculty Association president John Travis called the extension a “positive sign,” but the union hasn’t dropped its threat of a strike faculty voters authorized last week. The third-party fact-finder’s report cited a double-digit lag in salary between CSU’s faculty and their peers at comparable institutions when recommending the four-year pay hike. The independent investigator’s recommendations were “close enough” to the union’s proposals to merit the faculty’s broad support, Travis said.