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Cal State Faculty Members To Strike

Cal State faculty members issue warnings about upcoming strike in reaction to witholding of salary increases.

Cal State faculty members are planning a full-day strike at two of the university's campuses on Nov. 17, in response to a salary freeze.

In anticipation of the strike, unionized Cal State faculty members issued informational material Tuesday on all 23 campuses, and plan to do the same Wednesday.

Faculty members plan to protest Chancellor Charles Reed's decision to withhold raises negotiated for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years due to state funding cuts.

Photo courtesy of Cal State Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.
Photo courtesy of Cal State Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.

"Today's informational 'picketing,' which was not expected to disrupt classes, is intended to show the chancellor that his 'priorities are off base,' said Lillian Taiz, president of the CFA and a history professor at Cal State Los Angeles.

"Once and for all, he must do what is best for students and the future of our public university system instead of making decisions based on keeping his management team happy," Taiz said.

The strikes on the 17th will take place at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State East Bay, and will be the first by the union since it won the right to collective bargaining in 1983.

Faculty members aren't the only ones who are suffering from budget cuts.  Students are experiencing tuition increases of more than 20 percent.

The Cal State university system could lose another $100 million in funding in the middle of this fiscal year if state revenue projections fall short.  Both Cal State and University of California systems had state funding reduced by about $650 million this year.


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