CSU faculty strikes at several campuses

Employees at the nation’s largest university system are demanding increased pay and benefits to cover the poor economy.

California State University faculty members are going on strike to demand better pay and more parental leave. 

Faculty members started its series of four one-day strikes on Monday. 


Driving the news: Strikes are going on at Cal Poly Pomona, San Francisco State, Cal State Los Angeles and Sacramento State. 

  • This is the latest push by the California Faculty Association, which represents around 29,000 employees. 
  • Faculty members are seeking parental leave increased from six weeks to a full semester, 12 percent salary raises, more manageable workloads, better access to breastfeeding stations and more gender-inclusive bathrooms. 

What they’re saying: Anne Luna, the California Faculty Association president of the Sacramento chapter, said employees need pay raises and increased benefits because the cost of living has increased in recent years. 

  • “They can afford to provide fair compensation and safe working conditions,” Luna said in a statement. “It’s time to stop funneling tuition and taxpayer money into a top-heavy administration.” 
  • On the other hand, the CSU chancellor’s office says the union’s demands would cost $380 million in new spending and be $150 million more than the increased funding provided by the state this year. 
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