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CSU professors and other faculty threaten to strike

first_imgTravis said the work stoppages would be “rolling walkouts,” in which faculty members would strike for one or two days on different campuses. The goal is to minimize impact on students, “while sending a strong message to the administration,” Travis said in a conference call press conference Wednesday. “We have said all along that we do not want to strike, but we will if that is what is necessary, and it is beginning to look like it is,” said Travis, a political science professor at Humboldt State University. Paul Browning, a spokesman for the California State University system, said CSU administrators are worried about the effect the strikes would have on students. “Our biggest concern is would it hurt the students,” he said. “Class closures concern us greatly. If there’s a two-day rolling strike and a student only has classes two days, missing one day is quite a bit.” The average salary of permanent, full-time professors is about $86,000 annually, according to Browning. Tenure-track faculty earn an average of $74,000 annually. About half the faculty members – some 12,000 – work under temporary contracts and earn less than $43,000 a year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The major contract issues are salary, workload, class size and tenure. The CFA said it is seeking a 25 percent increase over four years. According to a CSU Web site, the administration has countered with a 24 percent hike over four years, which the CFA disputes, saying it interprets the increase to be only 14 percent “when state budget contingencies are pulled out.” The strike votes will take place during the weeks of March 5 and March 12 at the various campuses throughout the state. A simple majority vote is necessary to call a strike. If faculty members vote to walk out, the CFA board of directors will determine when the rolling walkouts will begin. State law prohibits strikes among higher education employees, but Travis said they can take place if the fact-finding process fails. If the faculty members do walk out, it will be the largest strike of higher education teachers in U.S. history. Faculty and student strikes took place on many college campuses during the 1960s era of political unrest, but they were social protests, not union strikes. Some 24,000 professors and other faculty who teach at California’s 23 state university campuses are threatening to strike at the end of March in what would be the first work stoppage over labor issues in the history of the college system. The board of directors of the California Faculty Association, which represents the faculty members, Tuesday night scheduled the strike votes to take place across the campuses in early and mid-March. Contract talks between the union and the California State University system have hit an impasse and a fact finder is currently working to resolve the issues between the two sides. Those results are expected in early March, but CFA President John Travis said the union will proceed with its voting timetable. The CFA’s labor contract technically expired last July, but has been extended by both sides until the fact-finding process is completed and results are agreed upon by both sides. last_img read more

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‘England MUST build Euro 2016 around Ross Barkley’, says Three Lions legend Terry Butcher

first_imgFormer England captain Terry Butcher has urged Roy Hodgson to build his side around Everton starlet Ross Barkley as the boss begins his preparations for Euro 2016 next summer.The Everton starlet was one of the stand-out performers towards the end of the Three Lions’ qualification campaign, and seems guaranteed a place in the line-up for friendlies against Spain and France this week.Questions have been raised over the 21-year-old’s defensive work-rate, raising doubts over his future in Hodgson’s possession-based system when the likes of Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson return from injury, but ‘Captain Fantastic’ Butcher insists Barkley’s attacking qualities are too good to miss.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Butcher said: “Ross Barkley impressed in qualifying and he must play, Roy Hodgson must find a place for him in the team.“He’ll have to do a lot more defensive work, chasing and closing down, but it’s his work on the ball is his real quality.“I think he should play and that they should virtually build a team around him.”England travel to face Spain in Alicante on Friday, before hosting France at Wembley on Tuesday in the first group of friendly tests before next summer’s tournament.And after coming through their straightforward qualification group with a 100 per cent record, Butcher believes finally facing top quality opponents ahead of the championship will be vital for Hodgson’s men.“They’ll learn a lot more about each other and as a team in these games,” he added. “If they try to get on the ball and impress and try and do well against Spain and France it will give the players a lot of confidence ahead of the tournament.“It’s nice to play these big teams, because at the end of the day the qualification group was far too easy. You didn’t learn a lot about the England team from those games, they just qualified and made sure they went through.“Games like this will whet the appetite and, if we get a result, it’ll give the team and us confidence that England can do it.”last_img read more

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