CSU Faculty Wants Raise; Will Vote for Strike in ‘Fight for 5 Percent’

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SACRAMENTO --

Starting Monday, California Faculty Association members will have 10 days to vote whether they will strike at California State Universities.

"We had our belts tightened for a long time, and it's time for us to take care of our families," CSUS Sociology Professor and CFA Bargaining Chair, Kevin Wehr said.

Union members have been in negotiations with the CSU Chancellor for months regarding a five percent increase in salary.

The Cal State system has stated they are willing to go up to a two percent increase.
A five percent increase would mean an additional $69 million dollars in pay.

"There's easy one word solution to all of this. The Chancellor can just say 'yes,'" Wehr said.

With neither side willing to budge on their figures, CFA members are getting ready to vote Monday to legally strike against their employers.

CSU said "compensation is a top priority." But they have stated they have already increased faculty salaries by $65.5 million dollars in the last two years, and "A strike is not in the best interest of CSU students."

Some students said however, a strike now may result in a better quality education in the long run.

"For me to be successful as a student, we need teachers with the resources to adequately provide the services that they passionately do," prospective student, Amos Young said.

CFA members said it is an opportunity to show lessons can also be taught outside the classroom.

"The last message I want to send to my student and to the community is that you should just take what is offered to you, even if it's unfair," Wehr said.

"I would actually be really proud of them," CSUS student, Joel Barajas said. "They are standing up for what they believe in and that's something we all need to do. I'll be willing to stand by them every step of the way until they get what they deserve."

CFA members have 10 days starting Monday to vote. If the strike is voted in, it will affect all 23 CSU campuses.

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