Tuesday, January 30, 2007

CFA Protest at San Jose State University

Jan. 30. The Spartan Daily reports: A picket will be held on 1/31/07 outside the student union. The California Faculty Association is the unionized faculty group that represents all of the 23,000 professors, librarians, counselors and coaches in the 23-campus California State University system.
The purpose of the picketing event is to raise awareness about the unfair wages of faculty, to recruit new members and to show strength in numbers to the Chancellor's office in hopes of reaching a deal for a new contract, stated Jonathan Karpf Chair of the SJSU strike organizing committee who put together the picket.

Karpf said that the model of the CSU, under Chancellor Reed, mirrors what can be seen in the corporate world "where the gap between what the upper-level administrators make and what the average faculty member makes is widening."

"It's a corporate model of the university," Karpf said. "It's education as business. It's students not as students, but as little bundles of cash and it's looking at faculty as just workers where you want to get the cheapest ones."

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