This is quoted from an email I received this morning:


    March 21, 2007 • SPECIAL EDITION


    • 94% vote to support a strike; voter turnout is 81%; bargaining
crisis inspires 1,300 new members to join the union

    Any lingering questions about the solidarity and resolve of the
California State University faculty were answered resoundingly Wednesday
by the results of the first strike vote in the history of the California
Faculty Association.

    A stunning 94% of the voters agreed that the CSU’s professors,
lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches should initiate rolling
walkouts if the CSU administration continues to reject bringing their
salaries in line with their peers across the country.

    More than 8,000 voters—an extraordinary 81% of the CFA
membership—turned out to send an unmistakable message to Chancellor
Charles B. Reed.

    Here’s how CFA President John Travis summarized that message: “Faculty
don’t want to strike, we want to teach. But in my 30 years at the CSU I’ve
never seen us more united. Faculty members are taking a stand and it
starts with insisting that the chancellor make us an equitable salary
offer. We won’t settle for less.”

    The pro-strike-authorization numbers rang across all 23 CFA chapters.
On only one campus was the vote in favor of striking as low as 79%.

    An equally telling number is the 1,300 faculty who have been moved to
join CFA during the recent months of the bargaining crisis and impasse.
Taken together, the landslide strike authorization and the union’s growing
ranks leave no doubt that faculty have the capacity to shut down the
university if an agreement cannot be reached, and reached quickly, said
CFA Vice President Lillian Taiz.

    “There will be hundreds of faculty and supporters from other unions on
the picket lines,” predicted Taiz, a leader of CFA’s field operations,
“and we think they will be joined by students and staff who are as fed up
as we are.”

    • Chancellor Reed blasted at Capitol hearing

    There was great symmetry in Wednesday morning’s historic events. Even
as Travis, Taiz and other CFA leaders were announcing the League of Women
Voters-certified strike-vote totals at Dominguez Hills, Charlie Reed was
getting grilled at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    At a special hearing of the Senate Education Committee’s subcommittee
on the budget, legislators pressed Reed about his scandalous “Executive
Transition Program” handouts to CSU executives, and the chancellor
struggled with evasive and incoherent responses.

    But when the hearing ended, Reed got no relief: he was immediately
encircled by scores of reporters insisting on his reactions to the strike
announcement just issued in Southern California. The San Francisco
Chronicle called it a “one-two punch.”

    A sampling of the media coverage of today’s historic developments can
be viewed at

    CFA’s news release about the strike vote is at

    Clearly, Reed’s policies and style have united CSU faculty as never

    • CFA Board votes to implement rolling strikes on all 23 CSU campuses
as 10-day “quiet period” ends

    On Wednesday evening the CFA Board of Directors met and, by unanimous
vote, made it official, turning the strike authorization into a strike
plan with teeth.

    The Board empowered the CFA officers and Field Team (who organized the
strike vote) to make a final decision on which days and which campuses
will begin the two-day walkouts in the initial round of job actions. Out
of necessity, planning has been under way for months.

    The first walkouts are expected in April but may occur sooner. Once
the fact-finder’s recommendations are made public this Sunday, at the
conclusion of the 10-day “quiet period” mandated by state law, the faculty
are legally entitled to undertake job actions—to go on strike.

    The expectation is that Chancellor Reed will ignore the
recommendations of the fact-finding report and quite possibly attempt to
unilaterally impose working conditions on the faculty.
If he does either, a strike will begin shortly thereafter."