SAN FRANCISCO — The California State University faculty union announced plans Wednesday to hold one-day strikes at two CSU campuses to protest the administration's decision to withhold negotiated pay raises.
The California Faculty Association told The Associated Press that professors, lecturers, coaches, librarians and counselors will strike Nov. 17 at the East Bay and Dominguez Hills campuses.
Faculty members also plan to conduct informational picketing at all 23 Cal State campuses on Nov. 8 or 9, said CFA President Lillian Taiz.
The faculty union decided on the job actions after Chancellor Charles Reed decided not to pay any of the salary increases negotiated for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 academic years, Taiz said.
The CSU system rescinded the raises after the state cut higher education funding, but a state-appointed fact finding panel recently recommended the university should provide some of the raises.
The faculty union is currently in negotiations for a new contract and isn't satisfied with the administration's proposals, which could lead to pay cuts over the next few years, she said.
Cal State faculty members are also upset over the administration's decisions to dramatically raise student tuition and increase the salaries of some executives, Taiz said.
"We have a responsibility to take action to preserve our profession and to protect our students," Taiz said. "It is simply not possible to predict what kind of university this will become if there is not a dramatic change in course."
CSU spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp said it would be inappropriate to give salary increases to faculty members "during one during one of the worst fiscal periods the state has faced."
The salary increases would have come at the same time CSU's budget was slashed by almost $600 million and the university was forced to furlough staff to preserve jobs, Uhlenkamp said.
Over the past three years, the cash-strapped state has sharply reduced funding to California's public colleges and universities, which has led to steep tuition hikes, course cutbacks, staff layoffs and reduced student enrollment.