By Jonathan Ng |Staff Writer|
The California Faculty Association (CFA) has passed the vote on authorizing the first CSU system wide strike.
Over 95 percent of 24,000 CSU faculty, librarians, counselors and coaches have voted in favor of “rolling” strikes, in which different groups of people on CSU campuses would go on strike for a total of two days, according to ABC News.
CFA Vice President Kim Geron said, “The landslide authorization vote and our one-day strikes last fall leave no doubt that faculty have the capacity to shut down the university if an agreement cannot be reached,” according to calfac.org.
Members of the CFA say they feel that they are being mistreated by CSU administration as a result of the ramifications regarding the decisions made by the CSU Board of Trustees.
One of the many reasons the CFA is upset is because of their job insecurity, the low amount they get paid by the universities and the few benefits received, but the main concerns are the quality of the education for the students and the allocation of the money received from budget cuts, according to the CFA website.
President Lillian Taz of the CFA said, “We have had enough of the way in which they are being treated by the CSU administration[…]enough of the executives putting their needs before the students, and of the public university. Enough of managers using budget cuts as an excuse to destroy the quality of students’ education.”
If the strike goes through, it will be the largest strike of university faculty in the history of the United States, as stated on the abclocal.go.com.
“There will be hundreds of faculty and supporters from other unions on the picket lines[…]and they will be joined by students and staff who are fed up as we are,” said Geron.
Although people are upset with CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and the CSU Board of Trustees, university spokesmen Micheal Uhlenkamp said talk of a strike is premature as bargaining is ongoing, according to abclocal.go.com.
If the strikes will happen and when they happen are still unclear, however, the authorization has been cleared and the CFA is ready to make some changes.