Cal Poly faculty agrees to strike
May 2, 2012
The strike vote by California State University professors, counselors and other staff was overwhelmingly approved by 95 percent of union members, with about 70 percent of members voting.
Throughout the talks, the CSU chancellor’s management and union officials have battled over managements demands for concessions from the faculty’s contract, the length of a new contract, increasing class sizes, the escalating shift to a “just in time” teaching force by making more and more faculty positions temporary and short term.
CSU officials are asking teachers and staff to agree to freeze salaries, which haven’t increased since 2008, to help offset a $970 million loss in state funding.
Union leaders argue that while teachers salaries have been frozen, administrator pay has escalated. In march, the CSU Board of Trustees approved a 10 percent pay hikes for two university presidents.
CSU and association officials are planning to meet Thursday with the hope of reaching a settlement and avoiding a strike. If an agreement is not reached, the two day strikes are slated to begin in the fall, rolling through each of the system’s 23 campuses.