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Cal State Faculty Staging Walkout Today to Protest Lack of Raises and Tuition Hikes

Photo of 2010 protest at Cal State taken by Neon Tommy/Flickr
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Faculty members at Cal State East Bay and Cal State Dominguez Hills are planning to participate in a walkout today, reports KTLA.

The teachers are protesting the university administration's decision not to pay them raises that were negotiated for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years. They are also walking out to stand in solidarity with students who, as of yesterday, are now facing a nine percent increase in their tuition.

When the decision was made by the California State University trustees to raise student fees, protesters interrupted the vote and were pepper-sprayed by police. Some were arrested.

Today's faculty strike, which is expected to last one day, was authorized by the California Faculty Association last week.

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Cal State faculty member Jim Hill explained some of the reasons for the strikes to KTLA. "One of the reasons we're striking has to do with some raises a couple years ago that were never given," he said, "But really we're striking over much bigger issues... access to education, quality education. We're upset about the student fee rises."