News Release

Los Angeles County Federation declares support for CFA should CSU faculty go on strike over fair pay for teaching

Labor councils throughout the state are adopting strike sanctions & statements of support for California State University faculty

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Federation of Labor Executive Director Rusty Hicks joined California Faculty Association President Jennifer Eagan and other CFA officers and members this morning to announce a Strike Sanction granted to CFA on behalf of California State University faculty, should they go on strike over fair faculty pay.

The LA Labor Fed has affiliated labor unions that represent some 800,000 working people in Los Angeles County.

Hicks said, “The Los Angeles Labor Movement stands in solidarity with all CFA members. We will support the faculty, who are the heart of the university system, and who are instrumental in our communities by helping students achieve their dreams. They will not stand alone in this fight.”

Through strike sanctions, union Central Labor Councils call on the union members in their jurisdiction not to cross the strikers’ picket lines, and to lend other kinds of support. That can mean, for example, UPS deliveries stop, public buses do not enter campus, and unionized tradespeople do not go onto campus to build or make repairs.

“If we must go on strike,” says CFA President Eagan, “we will have the backing of millions of union members all over California. And that involves a lot more than just a paper resolution; it’s a real show of worker solidarity.”

CFA campus chapters are requesting and receiving strike sanctions to prepare in the event a strike among CSU faculty becomes necessary; the labor councils are responding.  

Sanctions granted as of today are:

  • Alameda Labor Council (jurisdiction includes CSU East Bay)
  • Butte & Glenn Counties Central Labor Council (CSU Chico)
  • Fresno-Madera-Tulare-Kings CLC (Fresno State)
  • Kern, Inyo & Mono Counties CLC (CSU Bakersfield)
  • Humboldt and Del Norte Counties CLC (Humboldt State)
  • Los Angeles Federation of Labor (CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Long Beach, Cal State Los Angeles, CSU Northridge, Cal Poly Pomona)
  • Monterey Bay CLC (CSU Monterey Bay)
  • Napa-Solano CLC (CSU Maritime Academy)
  • Orange County Labor Federation (CSU Fullerton)
  • Sacramento CLC (Sacramento State)
  • San Bernardino & Riverside Counties CLC (CSU San Bernardino)
  • San Francisco Labor Council (San Francisco State)
  • South Bay Labor Council (San Jose State)
  • Teamsters Joint Council 42 (represents 200,000 Southern California Teamsters)
  • Tri-Counties CLC (CSU Channel Islands and Cal Poly SLO)

In addition, the California Federation of Labor, the statewide AFL-CIO umbrella organization, presented a statement of support for CFA at the November 17 CSU Trustees meeting. The California Federation of Labor has 2.1 million unionized workers in its jurisdiction.

See the list of strike sanctions as well as other statements of support, which is being updated as they are granted, at

Leaders of  CLCs around California have had important things to say about a possible strike in the CSU.

Martel Fraser, President, Tri-Counties Central Labor Council: “We cannot sit idly while our brother and sister members of the California Faculty Association are denied recognition of their value in higher education by CSU management. Public employees across the country have been under attack for years, and we must band together to end this dangerous crusade. The race to the bottom ends here.”

Cesar Lara, Executive Director, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council: “Our board found that your members have been more than patient and fair during your meetings to negotiate a contract with the CSU…. It is apparent that a strike is in order for the well-being of your members and the people whom they serve.”

Tim Paulson, Executive Director, San Francisco Labor Council: “Naturally we will be watching this situation closely and if necessary our 100,000 member Council will fully participate in whatever support you may need.”

Julio Perez, Executive Director, Orange County Labor Federation: “Feel confident that the Orange County Labor Federation will assist with any other request that CFA may have by using all its available resources and relationships.”

For dial-in details to hear a recorded replay of the news call announcement about Strike Sanctions, please contact Lisa Cohen 310-395-2544, Alice Sunshine 510-384-1967, or Niesha Gates 916-281-8785.

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