Cal Poly faculty union begins vote on whether to strike over pay dispute

Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

Cal Poly’s faculty union began its voting Monday on whether to join other California State University campus faculty in authorizing a strike over a pay raise dispute.

The Cal Poly chapter of the California Faculty Association represents about 1,500 faculty members.

Jere Ramsey, the Cal Poly union’s faculty rights representative, said that 16 faculty submitted votes in person at the union office on Monday and she suspected that many more submitted online.

The issue, Ramsey said, is that the CSU is refusing to budge from its offer during negotiations of a 2 percent pay increase while the faculty seeks a 5 percent increase for the 2015-16 academic year

“The legislature added an extra $97 million to the Chancellor’s budget, but he still refuses to budge from his 2 percent stance,” Ramsey said.

Ramsey said that no specifics have been planned for how long the strike would take effect if the faculty votes to approve.