Thursday, February 01, 2007

California Faculty Association -Informational Pickets at CSU Campuses

Librarians are members of the California Faculty Association.

The Contra Costa Times reports: Faculty at California State University campuses are doing some instructing outside the classroom as they walk informational picket lines to protest stalled contract negotiations.

The union representing faculty at CSU's 23 campuses started the pickets last month and will continue them during the next few weeks, said John Travis, president of the California Faculty Association.

"We're finding that there's a lot of unrest on all the campuses," he said.

The Monterey Herald reports: Faculty members at CSU-Monterey Bay made a statement during a lunchtime march through the quad Wednesday: It is time to pay attention to their contract negotiations.
Carrying signs and wearing buttons, faculty members expressed disappointment with California State University system administrators over an impasse in negotiations with the teachers union over raises and wage disparity between professors and college administrators.

The State Hornet reports: CFA protest rocks campus at Sacramento State University.

SAN JOSE, CA. FEb. 1. The Mercury News reports: Poster-carrying San Jose State University professors rallied on campus Wednesday as part of their union's statewide effort to press the California State University system for higher pay increases.

As the contentious contract negotiations continue, professors carrying ``I don't want to strike but I will'' signs said they weren't happy with what CSU calls a 24.9 percent salary increase for its approximately 22,444 professors over four years.

Professors say it's less than that.

``It's a 14 percent increase,'' said Liz Cara, SJSU's California Faculty Association chapter president. ``That doesn't even cover inflation.''

The way the union sees it, the increase breaks down to less than the administration says because some of the money goes to merit raises for professors picked by deans -- not to staff across the board. Also, 3 percent of the money pays for already scheduled raises. And, Cara said, the union is concerned because the system doesn't have the money for a final 3 percent of the proposed raise.

The Daily Titan at California State University Fullerton reports: Picketing will continue this week in Fresno, San Bernardino and Sonoma. CSU San Marcos and Chico held informational pickets last Monday, where hundreds of faculty turned out.

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