The main road passing through Clara Town and Vai Town communities on the Bushrod Island, was once again flooded with water, which caused losses for businesses and hampered taxpayers’ movements.The situation forced RITCO, a wholesaler of alcoholic beverages and other businesses in those communities to shut their doors. Traffic was also at a standstill for most of the day as the water receded very slowly owing to poor drainage condition in those communities, which are affected every raining season.People in the affected areas, including vehicle owners, expressed concern over the situation. They wondered when the government will take the drainage problem on the Bushrod Island seriously, as both communities along this major route get flooded every year.Some observers were heard saying that the government needs to take into account the fact that such flooding causes revenue losses and so it (government) must ensure that the situation is controlled and does not affect taxpayers in the process.“Is there any plan by government to tackle these kinds of situations, especially along this major route, which has some of the heavily populated communities and big businesses and National Port of Authority/Freeport?,” a gentleman, who was struggling to remove his car from water asked.Everyone with whom the Daily Observer spoke was frustrated at government’s handling of the situation and asked that GOL steps up to solve the drainage problem once and for all so that come the next raining season, it won’t be experienced again.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Travis 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.