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California State University faculty stages strike over pay

  • California State University East Bay students Raenel Lazatin, left, and Catherine Cleto beat on pails as they picket the entrance to the campus as part of a strike Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 in Hayward, Calif. Hundreds of California State University faculty members strike on two CSU campuses to protest unpaid salary increases and the administration policies. The one-day strikes at the East Bay and Dominguez Hills campuses are the first such labor actions in the history of the 23-campus system. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

HAYWARD — Hundreds of California State University faculty members staged a strike Thursday at two campuses to protest the administration's decision not to pay negotiated raises.

The one-day strike came after the university Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition by 9 percent, or $498, next fall during a meeting that was disrupted by a violent confrontation between protesters and police at university headquarters in Long Beach.

Four protesters were arrested, and several officers were injured.

The California Faculty Association — which represents about 23,000 professors, lecturers, coaches, counselors and librarians at the system's 23 campuses — authorized the walkout at the East Bay and Dominguez Hills campuses.

It was the first faculty strike since system-wide collective bargaining began in the 1980s.

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