Sacramento, CA—Despite an improved budget situation and extensive research showing that faculty play a critical role in student success, the California State University administration has consistently failed to invest in CSU faculty.
In fact, for at least a decade, regardless of the ups and downs in state funding and in CSU tuition charged to students, or increases in the cost of living, faculty pay has remained stagnant.
Trustees have not budged from the 2% offer they made last year. CSU faculty are calling for a 5% increase that would restore some of the purchasing power they had 10 years ago. In rejecting CFA’s proposal management negotiators say they “have other priorities.”
Their unwillingness to be flexible despite increased state funding is at the core of the conflict that could lead to a strike of CSU faculty this term.
CFA President Jennifer Eagan says that CSU management at the Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach is out of touch with what it takes to ensure quality education on the campuses. She points out that while faculty pay has stagnated and fallen well behind inflation, salaries for a growing number of administrators and executives have increased.
Should the California Faculty Association strike over what it says has been a persistent underfunding of teaching staff during the past decade, union umbrella groups for counties encompassing 19 of the 23 CSU campuses – including the Sacramento Central Labor Council – have promised their own sanctions on the university.
The number of strike sanctions from Central Labor Councils throughout the state continues to grow. This week, the Alameda Labor Council adopted strike sanctions, and the Butte-Glenn CLC and Kern, Inyo and Mono Counties CLC also issued strike sanctions recently.
Strike sanction means that the other union members within that labor council won’t cross our picketlines. In addition to our classrooms being empty, strike sanction would mean UPS and Postal Service workers won’t deliver mail or packages to campus mailrooms, public buses will not enter campus, and construction workers will cease building.
The Academic Professionals of California, which represents Unit 4 workers in the CSU, also are among our supporters. APC President Patrick Choi and Vice President Dago Argueta carried a solidarity banner to chapter 13 chapter meetings on campus over the past two months as a way to show support for our Fight for Five.
“APC and CFA have a history of working together with our mutual assistance agreement,” said Patrick Choi, APC President. “We support CFA and their members’ stance in reaching a fair and equitable contract as all faculty and staff have suffered real income losses during the last eight years.”
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