Thousands of California State University faculty members have authorized a strike that could delay the opening of school for 400,000 students next fall, union leaders said Wednesday.
Professors, lecturers and other members of the California Faculty Association voted over 12 days in April to stage two-day strikes across the 23 campuses if no contract is forthcoming, the union said.
At the heart of the dispute is a 1 percent raise sought by faculty. Other demands include smaller classes and more tenure-track hiring.
"We do not want to strike, but we will" if necessary, said union President Lillian Taiz, noting the dispute has persisted for two years.