By Kelly Goff
New America Media
Educators in the state’s largest public university system staged pickets across the state Tuesday, hoping to draw attention to their faltering negotiations with California State University for a new contract.
If they fail to reach an agreement with the administration, the California Faculty Association’s 23,000 members could call for a strike, which would be the largest faculty strike in U.S. history.
The pickets come on the heels of the overwhelming 95-percent approval rating by members of an authorization to strike should the last round of bargaining fail. As part of the now 23-month-old contract dispute, the two sides had agreed to return to the bargaining table, but according to the CSU, faculty negotiators walked away from those talks Sunday night.