A shout out of solidarity to striking Cal State Faculty from those of us here at OccupySIUC!
Cal State Faculty Strike For First Time Ever
“We are tired of the chancellor using staff and students as ATM machines,” said strike organizer
Hundreds of California State University faculty took an historic step Thursday, staging the first strike in faculty union history. The action took place at the Dominguez Hills and East Bay campuses.
By late morning, 300 to 400 people showed up, some by the busloads, according to Lillian Taiz, president of the California Faculty Association, which represents 24,000 faculty members across CSU’s 23 campuses.
Taiz called the one-day strike a major step in what has been a contentious battle with the CSU Board of Trustees over pay raises.
“This is the very first time we have gone on strike since the faculty got collective bargaining rights in 1983,” said Taiz, who stopped mid-sentence to cheer for a marching band that had showed up at Dominguez Hills to offer support.
“This is amazing,” Taiz said. “The turnout has exceeded my wildest dreams.”