News Release

Cal State U. faculty to mark start of a Strike Authorization Vote with Picketlines, Theater, Rallies
See listings below for events and interview availabilities with Calif. Faculty Assoc. leaders on state university campuses during the voting process

A Strike Authorization Vote by the faculty who teach in the 23-campus California State University system begins online and in person at 9 am on Monday, October 19. The vote continues through 5 pm October 28.

As members of the California Faculty Association turn out to vote in person on Monday, local campus and statewide leaders of CFA will be on hand to speak with members of the news media.  Various public events also are scheduled throughout the first week of voting.

CFA President Jennifer Eagan said, “After years of stagnant faculty wages, the faculty on our public university campuses are angry and we are ready for this strike vote. We all know that the Chancellor’s 2% is simply not enough to make teaching in the CSU sustainable.”

Faculty have dubbed the push to improve faculty earnings the “Fight for Five” — meaning a 5% general salary Increase.

Talks on salary in the second year of the contract stalled, went to mediation and, earlier this month, were certified to the final stage in the “statutory” bargaining process known as factfinding. Cal State University management clings to an offer of 2%.

Eagan said, “We work hard to provide quality education for our students, but we also need to support our families. Education is a road to the middle class for our students, and teaching CSU students certainly should secure a middle class living for the faculty. The status quo is simply not good enough.”

For more information and to arrange interviews with CFA leaders, please contact Lisa Cohen 310-395-2544, Alice Sunshine 510-384-1967, Niesha Gates 916-281-8785

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION: CFA represents the approximately 25,000 tenured and tenure-track faculty, lecturers (adjuncts), 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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CFA STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE EVENTS THIS WEEK

MONDAY OCTOBER 19

CSU EAST BAY (Hayward in SF Bay Area)
7:30 am-10 am, Main campus entrance @ Carlos Bee Blvd & West Loop Rd. (Peak time: 9 am)
“GET READY TO VOTE ON STRIKE” INFORMATIONAL PICKETING with:

  • CFA’s statewide President Jennifer Eagan
  • CFA Vice President Kim Geron
  • East Bay CFA Chapter President Nick Baham

all of whom will be available for comment on the voting and the issues leading up to it.
Visuals: Dozens of CFA members out early with Informational Picket signs and banners as they hand reminder leaflets about the vote to people entering campus in cars and walking and cycling in.
Also: Morning snacks. Parking Lots P, N, M or L: http://www20.csueastbay.edu/about/visitor-information/maps-campus-locations/hayward-campus-map/index.html
Contact Alice Sunshine 510-384-1967

SAN JOSE STATE
10 am, Main entrance to Tower Hall
LAUNCH OF STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE with CFA Leaders and State Assemblymember Evan Low
, a grad of San Jose State and one of California’s youngest legislators, who represents Silicon Valley. As professors cast their strike authorization ballots in person, the faculty who educate the workforce of the Silicon Valley will hold a news briefing with Assemblymember Evan Low.  

  • Assemblymember Evan Low (Cupertino)
  • CFA statewide Vice President Kim Geron
  • San Jose State CFA President Preston Rudy

will address the growing trouble facing the CSU to preserve a talented faculty who, in classrooms and labs, educate California’s young people. Failing to secure faculty livelihood disrupts the human capital that makes California a dynamic center of innovation.
Spokespersons: available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.

CAL STATE LONG BEACH
Noon- 1 pm, Steps of McIntosh Building near main quad

CFA Statewide and Local Leaders will be on-hand starting at noon on the steps of the McIntosh Building near the main quad starting at Noon, as Long Beach campus faculty begin to vote in person. To mark the first day of the 10-day voting period, a short program, performance, and media availability will include:

  • CFA statewide Associate Vice President-Affirmative Action Cecil Canton
  • Long Beach CFA President Doug Domingo-Forasté
  • Long Beach CFA Chapter Affirmative Action Representative Brandon Gamble
  • Long Beach CFA Chapter Vice President Gary Hytrek
  • Street Theater Mystery Guests

Visuals: Colorful banners, noontime snacks.
Contacts: Niesha Gates 916-281-8785

SAN FRANCISCO STATE
Noon-1 pm , 19th & Holloway campus entrance
VOTING KICK-OFF EVENT.
As in-person voting proceeds near the main entrance to campus at 19th & Holloway, a crowd of faculty supporters will line the street holding signs about the first day of voting.  

  • CFA President Jennifer Eagan
  • San Francisco CFA President Sheila R. Tully

will be on site Noon to 1 pm to greet voters and offer comments on the issues leading up to this vote.
Visuals: Supporters with picket signs, Banners, “Graph-Zilla” 3D display of salary data, lawn signs
Spokespersons:
available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

CSU CHICO
Noon, Trinity Commons between the BMU & the Library
“DAY 1” STRIKE VOTE RALLY
to mark the first day of the CSU faculty’s Strike Authorization Vote.
Voting will take place nearby on campus in Trinity Commons through 2 pm. Chico CFA Chapter President Charley Turner and CFA faculty spokesperson Tim Sistrunk will be on hand to explain the vote and the issues behind it.

MEDIA AVAILABILTIES ON CAMPUS MONDAY OCTOBER 19

CSU SAN BERNARDINO
Noon-1, in front of campus Library

San Bernardino CFA Chapter President Marcia Marx and CFA statewide Associate Vice President-Lecturers Leslie Bryan

CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO
Noon-1, CFA Office (Building 38, Room 141)

SLO CFA Chapter President Graham Archer 805-440-4774.

SONOMA STATE (Rohnert Park, CA)
Noon-1, in front of Salazar Hall on campus
Sonoma CFA Chapter President Elaine Newman

TUESDAY OCTOBER 20

CSU SAN MARCOS (North San Diego County)
11:30 am-1:30 pm, in Chavez Plaza
“TWO IS TINY—FIGHT FOR FIVE”
RALLY on campus to mark the start of on-campus voting. Faculty members, including San Marcos CFA Chapter President Darel Engen, will speak at the rally, along with student supporters.
Visuals: Informational exhibits, 3D “Graph-Zilla” of CSU salary data, Posters
Spokespersons: available in English and Spanish

SACRAMENTO STATE
Noon-1 pm, Sac State Library Breezeway
near Java City & the Multicultural Center
Strike Vote Kickoff: The Fight for Five!
As faculty vote on the Strike Authorization, enjoy a program of short talks, theater, puppetry and stitle walking. Learn why 2% is not enough and a vote to increase faculty wages is a vote to increase students’ success. Speakers include:

  • Sacramento CFA chapter President and CFA Bargaining Team Chair Kevin Wehr
  • Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator: “Without quality faculty, students cannot succeed.”
  • Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Lino Pedres
  • Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO Executive Director Fabrizio Sasso

Spokespersons: available in English and Spanish

SAN DIEGO STATE
Noon-1 pm, North Library Walkway
(betw. Love Library & Hepner Hall)
INFORMATIONAL PICKETING: “Quality Education / Fair Salaries”
Faculty & students will march and chant. In-person voting will be going on nearby. CFA Associate Vice President & San Diego CFA Chapter President Charles Toombs, who will be available for interviews, as will be other faculty members. They will comment on the voting and the issues leading up to it.
Visuals: Big bright-colored hand-painted banners, signs
Spokespersons: available in English and Spanish

MEDIA AVAILABILTY ON CAMPUS TUESDAY OCTOBER 20

CSU MONTEREY BAY
Noon-1 pm, Library
(south wing entrace near classrooms)
Monterey Bay CFA Chapter President Steven Levinson
Spokespersons in English and Spanish

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21

CAL STATE LOS ANGELES (East L.A.)
Noon – 1 pm on the Student Union Outdoor Stage
(near Starbucks)
FIGHT FOR FAIRNESS! RALLY. Faculty and staff deserve 5%.  Faculty Working Conditions ARE Student Learning Conditions! While voting proceeds nearby there will be speakers from CFA & Labor Leaders, Music, Vegan Taco Truck & More.
Visuals: Banners, Posters, Picket signs, a giant 8-foot 5%
Logistics: Use Luckman parking lot.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY ON CAMPUS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21

CSU NORTHRIDGE
Noon-1 pm, Sierra Tower Walkway

Northridge CFA Chapter President Nate Thomas

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

FRESNO STATE
11-1 pm, in front of Kennel Bookstore

‘GET OUT THE VOTE CAMPUS RALLY’
As faculty vote nearby, at 12-12:20 there will be speakers, including Fresno CFA Chapter President Diane Blair & the world premiere of the “Race to the Bottom” skit (street theater) depicting the plight of CSU faculty and students.
Visuals: distribution of tee-shirts, sign-making, banners

MEDIA AVAILABILTY ON CAMPUS TUESDAY OCTOBER 20

CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS
Noon-1 pm, Broome Library
(in front)
Channel Islands CFA Chapter President John Griffin and Past-President Sean Keely

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