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