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CSU Faculty Votes on Whether to Authorize a Strike

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    CSU Faculty Votes on Whether to Authorize a Strike
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    CSUSM History Professor Darel Engen, Ph.D. talks about salary differences within the university system.

    Faculty members at Cal State universities are voting this week on whether to authorize a strike.

    Except for a 1.6 percent pay raise in 2014, faculty members haven’t had a raise – even those that were promised – for years.

    Cal State San Marcos Associate Professor Darel Engen Ph.D. said the university’s president makes almost $350,000 annually. He, as an associate professor of history with 14 years at CSUSM, earns $75,000. A lecturer with the university for 10 years earns $47,000 annually, he said.

    “That’s unconscionable,” Engen said. “That’s shameful.”

    Engen said CSU faculty wants a 5 percent raise to make up for increases they were promised and did not receive.

    A CSU spokesperson said the faculty is actually asking for a 6.2 percent raise. The university can only afford a 2 percent increase.

    She said there is a limited Budget and the CSU system has to take a balanced approach.

    The vote will continue on CSU campuses until October 28.

    It’s a vote to determine if the union has the support, the authorization, to call a strike.

    The union leadership hopes to take a yes vote to a meeting of the CSU Board next month in Long Beach with the message: Faculty members don’t want to strike but they will.