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Cal State Faculty Union Authorizes Strike Pending Outcome Of Contract Talks

LOS ANGELES ( — Faculty with the 23-campus California State University system announced Wednesday that they have authorized union leaders to call a strike, depending on the status of contract negotiations.

More than 94 percent of members of the union that represents faculty members, counselors, librarians and coaches voted last month in favor of a 5 percent pay raise with higher increases depending on years of experience, the Associated Press reported.

Results released Wednesday follow a 10-day strike authorization vote held online and in person. It is at least the fourth vote that the California Faculty Association has held in eight years.

The union, which represents 25,000 university employees, and the Cal State system have been negotiating since May on the size of the pay raises union members will get this school year.

The faculty association is seeking a 5 percent salary increase along with a 2.7 percent pay bump based on years of service. The university is offering raises of 2 percent.

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