“I’m voting yes!” to authorize Strike

As word of the Strike Authorization Vote spreads across the 23 CSU campuses, CFA members are coming forward to say why “I’m voting yes!”

  • You can share your reasons for voting yes with CFA Headlines via cfa@calfac.org

“I am voting YES to strike because Chancellor Tim White’s offer of a 2% salary pool is disrespectful of my many years of personal sacrifice to uphold the core mission of the CSU! I am voting YES to strike because even as I endeavor to lift up my students, I am personally falling further out of the middle class!!
—Nick Baham, East Bay CFA Chapter President & Professor of Ethnic Studies

“I am voting yes because the CSU has the funds and responsibility to pay fair salaries to faculty. My students and I have sacrificed over the past six years, while we have seen more and more administrators being hired at exorbitant pay.”
—Alejandra Marchevsky, Los Angeles CFA Faculty Rights Chair & Professor of Liberal Studies and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

“I plan to vote to strike, because the Chancellor’s offer is pitiful and because faculty are in bad shape. But maybe even more—and I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately—I want my students one day to want to choose my career.”
—Glen Thorncroft, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Cal Poly SLO

 “I am voting yes because we have far more students in our classes since I arrived at Fresno State over 25 years ago. Our pay has stagnated while we are asked to do more and more. I also see my colleagues who are lecturers teaching more students with very little support. We need decent. livable salaries. If you want a first-rate university, you also need to pay decent salaries with raises to faculty and staff.”
—Rose Marie Kuhn, Professor of French at Cal State Fresno

I’m voting yes “because students’ success depends on retention of passionate, quality faculty on our campus who should be focused on teaching and preparing and not worrying about making ends meet. It is time to stand up for fair pay! Faculty are worth it!”
—Claudia Rodriguez, Sociology at CSU Dominguez Hills

“I’m voting yes because over the past eight years I have watched my bills increase each year but my salary has barely budged! It’s only right that the faculty receive a portion of the increased funding that the CSU has received in recent years.”
—Gretchen Reevy, East Bay CFA Chapter Lecturers’ Rep & Lecturer in Psychology

“I’m voting yes because the Chancellor’s Office proudly advertises that ‘For each $1 invested by the state, the CSU generates $5.43 for California’s economy.’ I would like to be a part of that. With my current low-balled wage, I service my student loan debt and my home mortgage—that is it. I am limited in my ability to participate and enhance the vitality of my local economy because I do not earn enough from CSU Stanislaus in order to do so. I am fighting for 5 so that I too can be a participating member of a thriving California community.”
—Ann Strahm, Associate Professor, CSU Stanislaus

“We need a real cost-of-living increase, and we must have the return of Service Salary Increases to prevent continued salary stagnation.”
—Lois Boulgarides, physical therapy, Sacramento State

“How can someone who makes 10 times what the average CSU instructor makes think a 2% increase is going to make up for many years of no raises, a year of furloughs, cost-of-living increases, bigger workloads, and job instability for many of us? It’s pathetic. It’s demeaning. Maybe a vote to strike will wake them up.”
—Dorothy Wills, president of the Pomona CFA Chapter

“I am voting yes because we are more than an impediment to a balanced budget. I am voting yes because getting and retaining good faculty is key to getting students to finish quality degrees.” —Douglas Domingo-Forasté, Classics, CSU Long Beach / Long Beach CFA Chapter President

“I’m voting yes because 5% is respectable, equitable and the right thing to do for the faculty—the workhorse of the largest four-year public higher education system in the U.S., if not the world. I vote yes because our demand is reasonable, achievable, and meaningful!” —Ernest Uwazie, Criminal Justice, Director of Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, Sacramento State / Sac CFA Chapter Faculty Rights Rep

“I am voting yes because the CSU needs to reinvest in its faculty and because five is fair!” —John Beynon, English, CSU Fresno / Fresno CFA Chapter Council for Affirmative Action Rep

More coming in CFA Headlines next week.