CSU Faculty Vote on Strike

Published On : 4/16/2012 4:19 PM
From : KVCR
Categories : Local, Politics, State

The California State University has never had a system-wide faculty strike. But faculty begin voting today on whether to authorize such a strike if the university imposes its own contract terms. The two sides have been in a labor dispute for nearly two years, and a recent mediation process didn’t make any headway.

California Faculty Association President Lillian Taiz says the vote doesn’t necessarily mean a strike is on the way.

“Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.  This is us talking to our faculty and really polling them to make sure that this is something that they feel strongly enough to do,” said Taiz regarding the potential strike.

The chancellor’s office calls the strike vote “premature” and says the union should wait for an independent fact-finder to assess the situation.  That’s the next step in the negotiation process.

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