The union for California State University faculty now has the power to call a strike as it fights for higher raises. The California Faculty Association announced this morning that its members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike, with 94.4 percent of its members voting yes. Teachers across the 23 campus system have set a five-day strike beginning April 13. If carried out, the strike with California Faculty Administration union members would be the largest since the university system was created in 1960. CFA represents more than 26,000 faculty lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches. commit_to_strike_1

If a deal is not struck before the end of the statutory process, scheduled to end in March, faculty members at all CSU campuses, including Cal State Bakersfield, will head for the picket lines April 13-15 and April 18-19, CFA officials said. FA members have waged a “Fight for Five” campaign calling for the increase since May 2014, but negotiations reached an impasse. An arbitrator is now hearing both sides of the argument to recommend how a settlement could be achieved. If approved, the 5 percent increase would be applied retroactively to the open contract being negotiated this year set to end in March. It is not a one-time increase.fight4five logo

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