SACRAMENTO — CFA members will strike next week unless California State University management presents serious, fair, and reasonable proposals to address longstanding inequities. Join them in the strike lines of students, staff, and other supporters.
Members of the four campuses will go on a one-day strike (see details below):
- December 4, Cal Poly Pomona
- December 5, San Francisco State
- December 6, CSU Los Angeles
- December 7, Sacramento State
Members of Teamsters Local 2010 – which is also bargaining with CSU management – will conduct sympathy strikes in support of CFA members.
CFA members are willing to stop our work to get the contract we deserve. We recognize the need to join and fight CSU management’s disinvestment of the people directly responsible for student learning and success.
“Rent, child care, groceries, and the cost of basic needs have increased by double digits in the last few years. Our teachers are some of the lowest paid teachers in the state. They really need a lifeline,” said Anne Luna, president of CFA Sacramento and professor at Sacramento State. “An independent auditor reviewed the CSU budget. We know our proposals are manageable. They can afford fair pay and safe working conditions. It’s time to stop funneling tuition and taxpayer money to an overburdened administration. It’s time to put the money where it belongs, to support CSU faculty and students.
CSU management continues to reject our calls for:
- 12-percent salary increase ahead of inflation.
- Pay equity and raise the floor for our lowest paid teachers.
- Manageable workloads that allow for more support and engagement with students.
- More counselors to improve students’ needed access to mental health services.
- Extending paid parental leave to the entire semester.
- Accessible lactation and milk storage spaces for lactating faculty.
- Safe gender-inclusive restrooms and changing rooms.
- Safety provisions for faculty who interact with university police on our campuses.
CSU management said they could not afford our reopening proposals, but an independent external fiscal review showed otherwise. CSU administration is keeping billions of dollars in reserves and investment funds instead of investing in the faculty and staff who work directly with our students.
Monday, December 4, Cal Poly Pomona
What: Teachers, students, Teamsters members, staff, community leaders, and local elected leaders will be on the picket line from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on three location. CFA members will hold a rally at noon with faculty, students, and staff speakers.
When: 7 am to 7 pm and a rally at noon
where: Picket line at Red Gum Lane and Kellogg Drive. The noon rally will be at Eucalyptus Lane and Kellogg Drive. See the map on page 4 for parking locations and information.
Tuesday, December 5, San Francisco State
What: Teachers, students, Teamsters members, staff, and local elected leaders will be on the picket line from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at four locations. CFA members will hold a rally at noon with faculty, students, and staff speakers. Events include marching bands, a labor chorus, and more.
When: 7 am to 7 pm and a rally at noon.
where: Picket lines at 19th and Holloway avenues, Student Services Building, Tapia Drive and Font Boulevard, and Lake Merced Boulevard and State Drive. The Noon rally will be at 19th and Holloway avenues.
Wednesday, December 6, CSU Los Angeles
What: Teachers, students, Teamsters members, staff, and local elected leaders will be on the picket line from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at five locations. CFA members will hold a rally at noon with faculty, student, and staff speakers, and a rally at 4 pm with members of Black Lives Matter. Events include a DJ and local bands.
When: 7 am to 7 pm and noon and 4 pm rally
where: Picket line at State University Drive/Paseo Rancho Castilla near Landsdowne Avenue. The noon rally will be at the University Student Union. The 4 pm rally will be at the Criminal Justice/Forensics building.
Thursday, December 7, Sacramento State
What: Teachers, students, Teamsters members, staff, and local elected leaders will be on the picket line from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at five locations. CFA members will hold a rally at noon with faculty, students, and staff speakers. Events include a marching band, arts and crafts area for children.
When: 7 am to 7 pm and noon and 4 pm rally.
where: Picket line at J Street and State University Drive. The Noon rally will be at J Street and State University Drive.
Contact Michelle Hatfield (916-612-8779 or [email protected]) to conduct interviews with faculty, students, and staff on the picket lines.
BACKGROUND: The CFA Bargaining Team met several times with CSU management over the summer in re-opener contract bargaining. For the 2023-24 year, both sides reopened the limited articles of our Collective Bargaining Agreement – workload, parental leave, salary, benefits, and health and safety. Unfortunately, CSU management does not want to address systemic issues and we have reached failure.
CFA members voted from October 21 to October 27, on whether to give the CFA Board of Directors the authority to call a strike if necessary. With the authority of 95 percent of our members who voted, CFA’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to call a strike by CSU management for the failure to settle the re-opener contract negotiations fairly.
CSU management continues to ignore our calls to take seriously the profoundly negative impact on students and faculty that continues as a result of being stuck in the status quo: an inadequate Title IX process, underpaid parental leave, salary that does not keep pace with inflation, continued. workload creep, continued underinvestment in mental health counseling, and the pervasive environment of racism and anti-Blackness.