Professors ready to strike?

California State University professors may walk out of classes throughout 23 campuses

Strikes in the works

A vote on whether professors throughout the 23-campus California State University system will strike opened on Monday (Oct. 19) and will continue through Oct. 28.

Salary negotiations recently stalled between the university and the California Faculty Association, which represents about 25,000 professors, lecturers, librarians and athletic coaches, according to a CFA press release. The union is pressing for a 5 percent salary hike for all faculty. Earlier this year, the CSU authorized a 2 percent increase for all employees.

Meanwhile, Butte County’s Public Works employees—members of the Skilled Trades Unit—are preparing for a two-day strike on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 26-27). The move comes after the union reached an impasse in longstanding contract negotiations. County officials are preparing to keep county services operational.