News Release

1000+ California State University Faculty & Supporters Will Protest CSU Trustees Meeting on November 17

Following a 94.4% Strike Vote, a Full Day of Action is Planned at the CSU Chancellor’s Office Where Students, Elected Officials, Union Leaders, and Those Concerned About the CSU Will Join In Action to Support the CSU Faculty’s ‘Fight for Five’

LONG BEACH, CA – More than 1,000 faculty and their allies are finalizing plans to head to Long Beach on November 17 for a massive “Fight for Five” protest at the California State University Board of Trustees’ meeting. 

The California Faculty Association, the union that represents the over 26,000 faculty in the CSU, is organizing a full day of activity for members from all 23 campuses, including a march through downtown Long Beach to the Chancellor’s Office and a Noon rally and picket.

The protest follows the faculty’s recent strike authorization vote, which resulted in a 94.4% percent vote in favor of a strike if contract negotiations with CSU management fail to result in a fair deal.

The California Faculty Association has dubbed the push to improve faculty earnings as the “Fight for Five”—meaning a 5% General Salary Increase for all faculty. Cal State University management, however, refuses to budge from its offer of a 2% salary increase for faculty in the second year of the contract.

“We don’t want to strike, but we will if we have to,” said Jennifer Eagan, President of the California Faculty Association.

“The faculty are united in our Fight for Five and the Trustees are going to see and hear it on November 17. The faculty have fallen out of the middle class, which is not good for anyone who wants California to have a world-class higher education system,” Eagan said.

“It’s time for the Chancellor to listen to the needs of the students and teachers in the classroom instead of only listening to the executives in his building on Golden Shore and campus presidents who want to line their own pockets. Unlike them, we are simply trying to preserve a spot in the middle class,” she said, alluding to a Trustees resolution scheduled for the day after the protest to lift executive salary caps.

Inside the Board of Trustees meeting, Eagan, CFA Bargaining Team Chair Kevin Wehr, and Chair of the CFA Bargaining Strategy Committee Antonio Gallo will be among faculty speaking to the Trustees about the Fight for Five

Their comments will address the true status of faculty pay, troubling hiring patterns that emphasize temporary teaching jobs, the impact of stagnant pay on faculty members’ own families, the impact on quality education for students, the demoralizing misplaced priority on executive compensation, and more. 

The Board will hold meetings of the Collective Bargaining Committee, the Joint Committee on Educational Policy & Finance, and the Finance Committee.  

Union members from many areas of industry, including the head of the State Federation of Labor, support the faculty’s Fight for Five and will be on hand at the march and rally.  The faculty will also be joined by state Assemblymembers and Senators from regions where CSU campuses are located

“In planning this massive rally, we’ve received tremendous feedback from people all over the state who care about the CSU and having a quality public higher education system in California,” added Eagan.

“Our friends around the state turn to the CSU to educate their children and grandchildren and understand the need to have a system that prepares students for success in this state for the rest of their lives.  The faculty appreciates the support and expects a strong turnout next week.”

Outside the Chancellor’s Office, the protest action will go on all day with speeches, chants, theater, music, flash mobs, and more.

Later this week, CFA will release more details on who will be in Long Beach on November 17, what times they will make remarks and conduct interviews with the news media and what other activities will occur.

The current schedule of the day includes:

6 AM MEDIA AVAILABILITY
In front of the CSU Chancellor’s Office,
401 Golden Shore in Long Beach.
Leaders of CFA and allies from the California Teachers Association, including statewide CTA Vice President Theresa Montaño, will be available for interviews about the issues, the action of the day, and the CSU Trustees meeting.  Visuals: Preparations for the march and rally later in the day will be underway nearby.

9:30AM CSU BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING BEGINS (Per their Public Notice)
Dumke Auditorium, CSU Chancellor’s Office,
401 Golden Shore in Long Beach
CSU Trustees will begin to meet in public session. Collective bargaining is first on the public agenda. CFA leaders will lay out the ”Fight for Five” and call on the Trustees to take seriously the people who teach students.

See the complete Trustees meeting agenda at http://calstate.edu/bot/agendas. 

(MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: The Trustees may change times of meeting agenda items without notice. Sometimes they start early, sometimes late. If you plan to attend, it is advisable to call the CSU Chancellor’s Office at 562-951-4000 to confirm the schedule.)

10 AM PREP TO MARCH TO CHANCELLOR’S OFFICE UNDERWAY
Corner of Broadway and Long Beach Blvds in Downtown Long Beach

While the Trustees meet, more than a thousand faculty and allies will be lining up for a march through downtown Long Beach.  The colorful parade will feature banners, signs, costumed faculty and performance art.  Go to Broadway and Long Beach Blvds to see the march taking shape as buses arrive from all over California.

10:50 AM “FIGHT FOR FIVE” MARCH KICK-OFF
Corner of Broadway and Long Beach Blvds in Downtown Long Beach

A March Kickoff program will feature speakers from several CSU campuses.

11 AM OFFICIAL START OF “FIGHT FOR FIVE” MARCH
Corner of Broadway and Long Beach Blvds in Downtown Long Beach

March through downtown Long Beach to the Chancellor’s Office.  Expected arrival time 11:50 am.

NOON FIGHT FOR FIVE RALLY OUTSDIE THE CSU TRUSTEES MEETING
In front of the CSU Chancellor’s Office,
401 Golden Shore in Long Beach.
The crowd will hear from students, elected officials, union leaders, community supporters and faculty members.

1 PM-3 PM – “PREVIEW” MASS PICKETLINE
In front of the CSU Chancellor’s Office,
401 Golden Shore in Long Beach.
The crowd will form a mass “preview” picket line at the Chancellor’s HQ to show what it will look like on the campuses in case a strike is needed.  Watch for skits, theater, Flash Mob dancing, and. Faculty say, “I don’t want to strike but I will.”

For more information on CFA and the faculty’s Fight for Five, visit www.calfac.org

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION: CFA represents the more than 26,000 tenured and tenure-track instructional faculty, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches on the 23 campuses of the California State University system, from Humboldt State in the north, to San Diego State in the south. Learn more about CFA at www.calfac.org

 

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