CFA announces strike dates: April 13-15 & 18-19

A five-day strike on all 23 CSU campuses will be held in April if the statutory process fails to produce an agreement over faculty salaries, CFA leaders announced Monday during a news conference at CFA Headquarters in Sacramento.

On Friday, Feb. 5, the CFA Board of Directors unanimously approved a strike from April 13-15 and April 18-19, 2016 on all campuses, including satellite locations. The strike dates were met with raucous applause and chants of “Strike! Strike!” by CFA members when they were announced during CFA’s spring Kickoff in Los Angeles over the weekend.

The strike dates were recommended by presidents from CFA chapters throughout the state.

“CSU faculty are angry…” CFA President Jennifer Eagan told reporters. “Unlike our peers, we have not been able to keep up with the cost of living in California and recover from the recession. Our ask of 5% plus a step increase is not a raise, but a partial recovery from the deep hole that our faculty have been in for over 10 years. We are exerting our right to defend ourselves and our families from economic disaster.”

Contract talks over faculty salaries for the 2015/16 academic year began nearly a year ago and are now in factfinding, the final stage of the statutory process spelled out in state law.

The factfinding process must be complete and the mandatory 10-day blackout period finished before the strike could commence. If it takes place, the strike, which would halt teaching and all faculty work on behalf of the CSU, would be the largest faculty strike in CSU history.

The CFA Board of Directors also decided that if there is no positive movement by CSU management following the strike, further concerted action will be considered.

Among the labor allies attended Monday’s news conference in support of our Fight for Five were SEIU State Council Executive Director Jon Youngdahl, California Labor Federation Communications Director Steve Smith, and Curtis Washington and Leslie Littman, members of the California Teachers Association’s Board of Directors.

Labor organizations statewide have pledged their support of faculty and to honor CFA’s picket lines should the strike occur.