CSU faculty: Strike over contract ?


(KTSF by Susannah Lee)


Over 20,000 faculty members at the 23 California State University campuses  are voting on whether or not to go on strike if contract talks with school administrators reach an impasse.


Members of the California Faculty Association started voting today after holding a rally at San Francisco State University. Contract talks have been going on between CFA and school administration for 22 months, but no agreement has been made. The last meeting was held last Wednesday.


CFA Chapter President Wei Ming Dariotis says a strike is the last resort for their voices to be heard by the school administration. She admits that a strike would affect students, but CFA is concerned that if nothing is done, students will be affected even more.


A CSU spokesperson points out that the demands of CFA calls for an additional amount of $203 million. And, using that money would compromise other resources such as student counseling services and school maintenance expenses.


The CSU faculty has until April 28 to vote on whether to strike or not.


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