CSU strike lasts one day

After one day of workers walking off the job and picketing in front of all 23 of its schools, those running the Cal State University (CSU) system got some sense and saw this was a bad look.

So, with a bunch of classes being cancelled and students not occupying campus space, CSU reached an agreement with the California Faculty Association (CFA). The one-day strike by CFA members was intended to go five days.

The strike has been called off and is now officially over. CSU sent out an email late Monday night on Jan. 22, saying an agreement has been reached and that students are advised to look for messages from their instructors regarding adjustments to their classes.

​“I am extremely pleased and deeply appreciative that we have reached common ground with CFA that will end the strike immediately,” said CSU Chancellor Mildred García. “The agreement enables the CSU to fairly compensate its valued, world-class faculty while protecting the university system’s long-term financial sustainability.

“With the agreement in place, I look forward to advancing our student-centered work — together — as the nation’s greatest driver of social mobility and the pipeline fueling California’s diverse and educated workforce,” Garcia added.

The CFA represents approximately 28,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches across the CSU’s 23 universities.

Over the weekend, CSU reached a tentative agreement with the Teamsters Local 2010 on a three-year contract. The agreement covers 1,100 skilled trades employees across 22 of the CSU’s 23 campuses.

Teamsters members did not participate in the faculty strike. In a release put out by CSU, CFA members asked for a 12 % raise, which the statewide education system said would cost $312 million. Other employee incentives or requested by the union included raising the minimum pay and life insurance increases would jump the total cost to $380 million.

In its announcement about the agreement with the faculty union, CSU did not release any details of the reached deal.

Dennis J. Freeman Written by:

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