CSU faculty strike nears as union and management at odds over pay, paid parental leave

Faculty in the California State University system are gearing up for a system-wide strike Monday in response to stalled contract negotiations between their union and university management.

The California Faculty Association (CFA) said the strike is planned to last from Jan. 22 to Jan. 26.

In a statement to students, the university said campuses would remain open the week of the strike but that students should check with their faculty members on what to do that week.

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In December, the university announced it would implement a general salary increase of 5%, well below the 12% the union had been asking for.

The two sides disagree on paid parental leave with the union asking for a full semester or two quarters of paid leave for new parents versus the university management’s desire to keep parental leave at 30 days (six weeks).

CFA also requests a gender-inclusive restroom in every building, a request the university says is infeasible.

The disagreements also extend into other areas including benefits, workload and lactation facilities.

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