Monday, March 05, 2007

Cal state faculty to vote on strike

From the local fishwrap...Cal state faculty to vote on strike.

Members of the California Faculty Association, including the faculty at SDSU began conducting a strike vote today, and the result will be known within about two weeks. If negotiations are settled by then, they'll strike, for sure. They're as mad as wet hens (as my mama would say).

Their pay is low when compared to similar universities (as is the pay for staff...don't get me started on that!), and the cost of living in San Diego is high. Overall people did not push for raises over the last few years while the budget was exceptionally tight. But now the reins on the purse have loosened a bit, and what do they do? They give 13.7% raises as part of a 19% increase in compensation to the top executives and presidents. The faculty and staff went years without raises, and when they came at all they were small. A total of approximately 3.5% over the course of four or five years.

They're also not very happy about the fact that some people in the middle management level make significantly more money than they do. That's doesn't really seem to be part of the official complaint, but I keep hearing it.

In summary: they're understandably mad, and I see two day rolling strikes in the near future.


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