A long chain of events led to the California Faculty Association’s announcement of a potential strike scheduled for April 13–15, and April 18–19. The issue is rooted in the fallout of the economic crisis at the end of the last decade.
The CFA said faculty salaries have stagnated against inflation to the point that they take on a host of additional positions to get by or consider leaving the CSU altogether.
Representatives of the CSU Board of Trustees have maintained they greatly value their faculty and are open to the collective bargaining process, according to members. However, the board has not offered more than a 2 percent salary increase since the issue of salaries for the 2015–2017 school years has re-opened to negotiations.
The CFA is requesting a 5 percent salary increase plus a service salary increase for eligible faculty members. The difference between the two proposals is approximately $70 million.
Here’s an interactive timeline since the negotiations started: