CSU Faculty Approve Largest University Strike in US History
Nearly two years after the contract affecting more than 24,000 California State University (CSU) faculty members expired, CSU faculty - represented by the California Faculty Association (CFA) - have overwhelmingly voted to strike. If an agreement is not reached soon, a series of two-day rolling strikes will hit the 23 CSU campuses across the state. This will be the first-ever system wide strike against the CSU, and the largest university strike in the history of the United States. The key issue holding up an agreement is faculty pay. CFA union members make on average 18 percent less than their colleagues at other universities and colleges. Members are also concerned about workload increases, reductions in job security, and expanded use of temporary faculty.
We are urging SDCCD instructors who teach at SDSU to honor any picket lines that may be set up by the SDSU faculty. The AFT Guild college faculty collective bargaining agreement provides all faculty, contract and adjunct, with three days of paid personal leave per fiscal year. If the strike extends beyond that, SDCCD instructors would have to take leave without pay. Affected instructors will soon be receiving a letter from the Guild with more details.
You can put pressure on the CSU Chancellor today. Send a letter by going to http://capwiz.com/calfac/state/main/?state=CA <http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/P11hs4n1SchF/> .
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this important issue.