Goff, Kelly

Kelly Goff is a student at San Francisco Sate University and editor of the school newspaper, Golden Gate Xpress.

CSU Faculty Stage Pickets Across State, Ready to Strike

By Kelly Goff
New America Media

Educators in the state’s largest public university system staged pickets across the state Tuesday, hoping to draw attention to their faltering negotiations with California State University for a new contract.

If they fail to reach an agreement with the administration, the California Faculty Association’s 23,000 members could call for a strike, which would be the largest faculty strike in U.S. history.

The pickets come on the heels of the overwhelming 95-percent approval rating by members of an authorization to strike should the last round of bargaining fail. As part of the now 23-month-old contract dispute, the two sides had agreed to return to the bargaining table, but according to the CSU, faculty negotiators walked away from those talks Sunday night.

CSU Faculty Return to Negotiations, Ready to Strike

By Kelly Goff
New America Media

As debt-saddled California faces increased budget cuts in the coming year, educators in the state’s largest public university system are poised to authorize a future strike, even as they agreed today to return to the negotiating table to discuss key issues in their labor dispute with the California State University.

Faculty within the CSU are preparing to take the next step in a long struggle for a new contract as they vote throughout the next two weeks on the possibility of a 23-campus rolling strike sometime in the future if the next steps in negotiations fail.

Members of the California State Faculty Association, which represents roughly 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches who teach within the system, say they want a contract that addresses concerns over pay increases, academic freedom and the direction of the system.