Sac State Faculty Vote Whether To Strike
Faculty members at Sacramento State are voting on whether or not they want to strike. It’s their first strike vote ever…and the issue is pay.
Monday, March 5, 2007
Strike votes are being held at all 23 California State University campuses. The voting will continue for two weeks.
Sac State assistant professor Chris Witco voted to strike because of what he says is inadequate pay:
I personally am leaving Sac State at the end of the year, so I’m a perfect example of somebody who’s just pretty much fed up with the situation here.
Sac State spokesman Frank Whitlatch says a third party negotiator has been brought in to try to settle the pay issue:
The CSU system and definitely Sac State, I think, we have a great faculty, very dedicated and committed to their students, and we want them to be happy and we want them to get the pay raises they deserve.
The Faculty Association has been negotiating with the CSU chancellor’s office for nearly two years. CSU has offered pay raises, but the association has rejected them as inadequate.