California Faculty Association announces strike
After tense contract negotiations regarding the denial of pay increases for the second time since 2009, the California Faculty Association announced today that it will continue with a proposed one-day strike Nov. 17.
The CFA board of directors voted in favor of the strike by 93 percent.
The one-day strike will take place on the Cal State East Bay and Cal State Dominguez Hills campuses respectively, with informational picketing taking place tomorrow and Wednesday on all 23 California State University campuses.
The CFA has been feuding with CSU administration due to pay increases that were never granted to the faculty for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years. While the current faculty union contract states that amendments can be made in times of economic hardship, negotiations seeking middle ground have also become stagnant.
The CFA argues that money is not being allocated properly by CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed and say that it will push for more extensive action if an agreement cannot be reached with the CSU.
“We hope this carefully targeted strike, which symbolizes both our anger and commitment to fairness, will lead to changes in (Reed’s) priorities and positions,” said CFA president Lillian Taiz in a statement to the CFA board. “If it does not, the CFA leadership–and the CSU faculty we represent–are prepared to escalate the fight.”