Faculty Members at CSU Campuses Vote to Strike

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The California Faculty Association says it’s prepared to begin “rolling strikes” in which different campuses would strike for two days at a time.  

Susan Meisenhelder with the California Faculty Association says salary negotiations have taken place over two years and many faculty members are fed up. 

 “You know faculty have not had but one small raise since 2002 and many of our faculty, particularly younger faculty are seeing housing prices skyrocket in their communities and they are beginning to leave in great numbers.”
CSU Chancellor Charles Reed says they are doing everything they can to come to a settlement agreement. 

 “We’re going to have a contingency plan in place to make sure students and faculty who want to teach them, we’re going to make sure that can happen.” 

The California Faculty Association says strikes could happen in April if a deal is not reached. 

 CSU officials say there are 23-thousand faculty members—roughly half are union members.