California Faculty Association to vote on strike over lack of contract

Jessica Jewell

The California Faculty Association is holding a member vote the week of April 16 and April 27 to approve a two-day “rolling” strike that would start Nov. 17 at campuses across the CSU to demand a contract agreement.

According to a Q&A on the CFA website, the proposed strategy would be, “In a two-day rolling strike all 23 campuses would be broken into groups, with each group of campuses going on strike for two days on different dates. As one set of campuses finished their two day strike, another set of campuses would begin their two-day strike until all campuses had participated.”

According to a CFA news release, if the strike is approved in the April vote, events could be set in motion resulting in school not opening this fall for an estimated 400,000 students.

CFA covers an umbrella of 24,000 CSU employees including coaches, counselors, librarians and professors. Covered individuals have been working without a contract since June 30, 2010. Some protections in CFA contracts include; wage increases, workload, academic policies and freedom, and intellectual property.

In an email sent to CSU faculty from the CFA, the CSU Chancellor Reed’s office and Vice Chancellor Brooks’ labor relations personnel denied a CFA request for in-person collective bargaining Friday.

“In a November 2011, CFA fact sheet, the union said over the past 13 years in inflation-adjusted dollars, CSU campus presidents’ average weekly salaries climbed 23 percent. Meanwhile average student fees and tuition soared 106 percent, as the average weekly salary for full-time CSU faculty dropped 10 percent from 1998 to 2008” The Sacramento Valley Union Labor Bulletin said.

Disproportionate administrative pay raises eclipse faculty wage increases, as detailed in the CFA November 2011 fact sheet. According to the document, since Reed’s 1998 appointment, the average faculty salary has decreased by 10 percent when adjusted for inflation; and in 2009/2010, the CSU faculty agreed to take a 10 percent pay cut.