San Luis Obispo faculty to Chancellor White: Our salaries aren’t a game

NOV. 2015—Stagnant faculty salaries are no laughing matter, but faculty at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo infused a little humor into Chancellor Tim White’s Open Forum at the campus Tuesday afternoon.

CFA members passed out Tic-Tac-Toe cards as people filled Chumash Auditorium. Each card contained pointed questions, and listed the rules. If White actually answers a question, mark it with an ‘X’. If he dodges the question, mark it with an ‘O’.

Faculty wearing red “I don’t want to strike but I will” shirts and holding banners and signs ringed the room and a march back to the CFA office also proved very moving.

Graham Archer, Professor and CFA Chapter President at San Luis Obispo, said White spoke for a long time but failed to address questions asked of him.

“For the life of me I can’t figure out what his responses were,” Archer said. “It was frustrating… In speaking to faculty today, I’m not the only one to come away with that impression. He simply wasn’t answering the questions.”

One faculty member, however, resonated with the crowd when he told a personal story. While on sabbatical, he applied to work at a company and when they asked how much he was paid at the CSU, company officials couldn’t believe his salary was so low.

“He pleaded with the chancellor to give us a decent raise,” Archer said.

On Wednesday, Chancellor White was at San Jose State to participate in a similar campus event. He is scheduled to be at Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, November 6. It is the last campus visit on White’s schedule for 2015.