CSU faculty vote in favor of strike
November 5, 2015
The Cal State University faculty union has overwhelmingly endorsed calling a strike if CSU administrators do not meet their salary demands.
Late last month, the California Faculty Association (CFA) completed a 10-day strike authorization vote that took place on the 23 CSU campuses, including Cal Poly. More than 94 percent of voters supported authorizing a strike, according to a CFA press release.
Union representatives are demanding a 5 percent salary hike for CSU faculty members with additional increases for years of service. The chancellor’s office is offering a 2 percent salary increase.
There is a $68.9 million gap between the two offers, according to the chancellor’s office.
“We are ready to act if necessary and for as long as it takes,” CFA President Jennifer Eagan said at a news conference Wednesday at San Jose State University.
Strike authorization votes are common during labor disputes, and they do not guarantee a walkout.
Both sides must still complete a fact-finding process, which concludes with a mediator releasing a report on a recommended settlement. After reviewing the report for 10 days, the faculty union can call a strike.
Faculty union officials say their next step is a rally that will take place outside the chancellor’s office in Long Beach on Nov. 17.
In May, Cal Poly faculty members protested the discrepancy in pay between administrators and professors at the university. The Cal Poly faculty union said university spending on administrators increased by 43 percent between 2010 and 2014.
Cal Poly President Armstrong is one of the highest paid officials in the CSU system. Armstrong currently receives a base salary of about $400,000 when including pay he gets from the Cal Poly Foundation.
Armstrong’s pay increased in July when CSU trustees approved a 2 percent raise for campus presidents and other executives in the university system.