Faculty at Cal State East Bay votes to strike on Nov. 17

  • November 9, 2011

By Bay City News Service

California State University faculty members voted Monday to approve a one-day strike later this month to protest Chancellor Charles Reed's decision to cancel planned faculty raises, California Faculty Association board members announced.

An estimated 1,000 faculty members -- including professors, librarians, and coaches -- will take to the picket lines Nov. 17 at CSU East Bay in Hayward and CSU Dominguez Hills in Carson, with hundreds of faculty members from other CSU campuses expected to attend, CFA president Lillian Taiz said Monday.

Classes at those campuses will be canceled during the daylong strike, while operations at the other 21 CSU campuses are expected to continue as usual.

A CSU spokesman said that university officials would work to minimize disruptions to school operations at the East Bay and Dominquez Hills
campuses on Nov. 17.

Ninety-three percent of a majority of members who voted on the CFA board's call for a strike at one or more CSU campuses voted to support the action, Taiz said.

While the main issue prompting the strike was Reed's move to renege on scheduled faculty raises, Taiz said the failed contract negotiations symbolize broader problems in the CSU system.

Faculty members at CSU campuses statewide are expected to form informational picket lines today to educate the public about declining working conditions and income inequalities.

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