California State University faculty today approved a measure to give their union leaders the power to authorize a strike next fall that could delay the beginning of school for thousands of students across the 23-campus university system.
At a noon press conference at Cal State Long Beach, the California Faculty Association announced that faculty had approved the measure by 95 percent of those who voted during April 16 through April 27.
The faculty union and CSU administrators have been at odds over contract negotiations since June 2010.
"The faculty have had enough," said Lillian Tiaz, president of the California Faculty Association. "...The message to Chancellor Reed is absolutely clear: the California State University faculty have run out of patience."