Cal State East Bay, other state colleges, face strike by faculty in April over contract issues

23 campuses would be affected by planned 5-day strike

If California State University doesn't reach a contract agreement with its faculty union by April, then 26,000 professors, librarians,

counselors and coaches across the 23 CSU campuses are planning a five-day strike.

The strike, which would affect Cal State East Bay, would take place on April 13, 14, 15, 18 and 19, the California Faculty Association announced today. The union is seeking a 5% raise for all faculty but CSU is offering only a 2% raise, CFA representatives said.

Chancellor Timothy White "and his team of negotiators have failed to respect CSU faculty throughout this entire process," said Kevin Wehr, chairman of CFA's bargaining team and a Sacramento State sociology professor.

Jennifer Eagan, CFA president and a professor at CSU East Bay, added: "A strike is our last resort and we still hope that the chancellor will invest in the faculty who are the major determinant of our students' success."

Negotiations between the union and the university have been ongoing since May 2014 and union members voted to authorize a strike in October.

CSU officials were not immediately available to comment on Monday's announcement.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service


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