CSU faculty voting whether to authorize strike

Faculty at California State University’s 23 campuses, including San Francisco State University, could authorize a strike over unresolved contract negotiations as early as next week.

Members of the California Faculty Association began voting whether to authorize a strike Monday as negotiations with the university system remained at an impasse. The vote continues through 5 p.m. Oct. 28.

Earlier this month, talks on salary in the second year of the contract stalled and the process entered the fact-finding stage. The gap between CSU and the union’s proposals is $68.9 million.

With the number of teaching faculty at a record-high for CSU, the average salary for a full-time professor is $96,064, the average salary for all tenure-track faculty is $86,314 and the average salary for full-time lecturers is $59,333.

The union has proposed a 5 percent general salary increase while CSU has countered with 2 percent.

Union leaders planned events at various campuses, including SFSU, this week and are encouraging members to vote on the possible strike authorization.

“After years of stagnant faculty wages, the faculty on our public university campuses are angry and we are ready for this strike vote,” CFA President Jennifer Eagan said in a statement.

Meanwhile, CSU leaders said a strike would not benefit students and will continue to negotiate with faculty.

“The CSU is committed to the collective bargaining process and to reaching a negotiated settlement with the California Faculty Association,” Toni Molle, a spokesperson for the chancellor’s office, said in a statement.

The strike vote could authorize various actions, including a strike, if the bargaining process over salaries in the second year of the faculty contract does not satisfy the union.

ldudnick@sfexaminer.com

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