Faculty strike at Cal State Dominguez Hills, East Bay campuses
About 200 faculty and students are protesting near the main entrance of Cal State Dominguez Hills, one of two Cal State campuses where faculty members are holding a one-day strike Thursday to draw attention to a salary dispute with university administrators. The system's East Bay campus in Hayward was also affected by the strike.
The California Faculty Assn., which represents 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians and others, authorized the walkout to protest a decision by Chancellor Charles Reed to withhold faculty raises negotiated for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. Reed has said the system can't afford to pay the raises, given the steep cuts in funding to the university system.
Outside Dominguez Hills campus in Carson, protesters focused much of their attention on Reed, whistling and chanting, "Hey, hey, ho ho, Chancellor Reed has got to go."
Many wore red T-shirts that read, "I don't want to strike but I will." One demonstrator was dressed as a giant puppet of the chancellor, with both hands holding fistfuls of dollars.
Passing cars honked, as a New Orleans-style jazz band played tunes. Aside from the protesters, the campus appeared fairly empty.
The strike came the day after Cal State trustees approved a 9% tuition increase for next fall, in a meeting disrupted by raucous protests by students and others at the board meeting in Long Beach.
-- Carla Rivera in Carson