Cal Poly faculty planning walkout
November 7, 2011
By KAREN VELIE
Faculty members at Cal Poly are planning to walk out of classes on Tuesday for a brief protest over Chancellor Charles Reed’s decision to cancel scheduled raises.
Faculty from CSU campuses throughout California will protest against the “1 percent” who run the universities. Cal Poly faculty is planning to meet at the quad and march down to the administration building at noon.
“We are doing this to protest the lack of a fair contract from the chancellor’s office,” said Tim O’Keefe, retired Cal Poly faculty and current political action chair for the local California Faculty Association (CFA). “He has refused to bargain in good faith.”
At issue is the dispute over the faculty contract for 2008 to 2010, which promised a five percent raise and the increased salaries of faculty to the level of new hires. The contract also said it would be renegotiated if the state budget crisis continued. [SFGate]
At this time, the faculty union said they are asking only for pay parity for about 3,000 employees – out of about 24,000 – earning less than the more recent hires, the San Francisco Chronicle said.
“Students and faculty feel the same way about Chancellor Reed as the Occupy Wall Street protesters feel about decisions that benefit 1 percent of the population,” said Lillian Taiz, president of the CFA, to the Chronicle. “The chancellor is doing exactly the same to our CSU by hiking student fees, cutting classes and not paying the faculty raises that he agreed to. It is wrong, and we will hold him accountable.”
During the past year, in response to the budget crisis, CSU has reduced enrollment by 10,000 students and increased tuition by 23 percent.
In January, CSU trustees approved a compensation package for Dr. Jeffrey Armstrong, the new president of Cal Poly, for $350,000 with an additional annual supplement of $30,000 to be paid from the campus foundation.
Until then, the university’s published salary range for campus presidents was from $223,584 to $328,212.