Local Professors to Picket Against CSU

Teachers are concerned with the ways they believe the CSU is “weakening” the teacher contracts

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    SDSU professors will hold an information picketing session on Nov. 9 to discuss the looming strike at two CSU campuses.

    Professors will hold an informational picketing at San Diego State University and CSU San Marcos on Wednesday to discuss the looming strike at CSU Dominguez Hills and Cal State East Bay.

    Yesterday, the faculty of the California State University system announced that its members voted in favor of the two-campus strike on Nov. 17.

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    Professors and faculty from those schools will participate in campus-wide strikes in opposition to the new contract negotiations.

    Charles Toombs, the SDSU chapter president of California Faculty Association, said teachers are concerned with the ways they believe the CSU is “weakening” the teacher contracts.

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    “Faculty are frustrated with a number of things,” he said.

    The primary area of frustration is the current proposal to Chancellor Charles B. Reed, which does not include any salary increase for any CSU professors despite having endured cutbacks for the last few years.

    Toombs said some faculty members at SDSU will be taking a personal day on Nov. 17 in order to support the staff at the two campuses participating in the strike

    He could not predict how many people will attend the Wednesday picketing at SDSU, but said he believes people care about these issues on campus.

    “We certainly will have student support,” Toombs said. “Faculty will need a fair contract in order to deliver a good education.”

    The informational picketing sessions will be held on Nov. 9 at SDSU's north library walk at 11:30 a.m. and at the Dome to Kellogg Library at 12:15 p.m.

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