Sacramento State Reacts To Strike Vote

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

University president Alexander Gonzalez says he wasn’t surprised when he heard that 94% of faculty union members voted for some kind of job action. He says contract talks have soured. 

"The vitriol and the level of negativity – I’ve never seen it this bad but hopefully we’ll be able to settle it and move on."

Faculty member Margarita Berta-Avila with the School of Education says she’s hopeful the administration will take the vote seriously. 

"But if they don’t and this is not enough pressure for them to say ‘hey, they’re really serious’ then we’re going to go for a strike."

Union leaders say if a strike is called it would be limited to 2-day actions rolling from campus to campus to lessen the impact on students. But Sacramento State health science student Justin Laskey says any kind of job action would hurt students. 

"Because they’re going to be losing two days of academic information that could be vital to them."
Faculty could walk off the job starting next month.