CSU Faculty announce plans for potential strike

The California Faculty Association will vote next month on whether the organization will carry out a California State University system-wide strike in protest of stagnant faculty wages.

The vote was announced in a press release Thursday, in response to the unresolved bargaining agreement between the CSU and the CFA. The labor union and the chancellor’s office are currently in mediation regarding faculty salaries for 2015-2016. CSU administration rejected CFA’s proposal for a 5 percent general salary increase for all faculty and a 2.65 percent service salary increase for eligible faculty, according to a CFA press release Sept. 24.

“Faculty don’t want to strike, and at the end of the day, that’s the ultimate weapon, for workers to withhold their labor,” said SF State CFA chapter president Sheila Tully. “ We want the chancellor to understand that we’re very serious and that 5 percent is not unreasonable, it’s a fair salary increase and that without faculty you don’t have a university.”

CSU administration rejected CFA’s proposal for a 5 percent general salary increase for all faculty and a 2.65 percent service salary increase for eligible faculty, according to the Sept. 24 press release. CSU administration offered a 2 percent salary increase, which faculty rejected last October.

“The California State University values our employees and despite the past several lean budget years, continues to prioritize compensation for all employees,” said CSU director of public affairs Toni Molle. “A balanced approach to compensation is vital. The California State University remains committed to the collective bargaining with the goal of reaching a negotiated  agreement.

The vote is scheduled to take place online and in-person at all CSU campuses beginning Oct. 19 through Oct. 28.