CSU faculty union authorizes strike

(KTSF by Sean Au)

Members of the California Faculty Association have voted to authorize a strike at two CSU campuses next Wednesday. The two campuses are CSU East Bay in Hayward and CSU Dominguez Hills in Southern California. The union represents some 23,000 faculty, coaches and librarians across 23 campuses in the state.

The crux of the matter is the salary adjustments to about 3,000 senior faculty members who earn less than their counterparts who have been hired more recently. This adjustment is in the contract of members for 2008 to 2010. It has not been enacted by the Chancellor. The contract makes a provision to renegotiate terms if the budget crisis continues. Negotiations between the two parties have since broken down no new talks have been scheduled.

The pay adjustment would affect some 3,000 faculty staff, about one-eighth of the members, and would cost the university $20 million in the first year and at least $10 million each year thereafter.

A spokesperson for CSU said that the faculty union has received nearly $60 million in raises from 2008 to 2010.

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