Hundreds of faculty members strike at two Cal State campuses
Hundreds of faculty joined picket lines Thursday at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State East Bay to protest stalled negotiations over a salary dispute.
The California Faculty Assn. authorized a one-day strike at the Carson and Hayward campuses after 93% of members voted to approve the walkouts.
It is the first strike since the union won the right to collective bargaining in 1983. The association represents 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches at 23 Cal State campuses.
Strikers are protesting a decision by Chancellor Charles B. Reed to withhold pay raises negotiated for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. Cal State officials said the university cannot afford the salary hikes because of state funding cuts.
Faculty members planned to picket all day and scheduled noon rallies at both campuses.
Despite the strike, administrators said the campuses would remain open and urged students to attend class.
Officials planned to step up security during the walkout, which comes a day after a Board of Trustees meeting was disrupted by protesters who opposed a decision to boost tuition by 9% next fall.
-- Carla Rivera