Faculty members at local colleges in the Cal State University system picketed Wednesday morning to voice grievances over compensation, class sizes and other issues related to their labor contract.
Photo Gallery: California State University San Bernardino Picketing
Faculty members picketed at Cal State San Bernardino, Cal Poly Pomona and 21 other universities in the Cal State University system Tuesday and Wednesday.

The action comes amid contract negations between the California Faculty Association at the California State University Chancellor's Office.

Faculty at two universities - Cal State Dominguez Hills and Call State East Bay - are scheduled to stage a one-day strike Nov. 17.

They will be joined on picket lines by faculty from throughout the California State University system, including faculty from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino, local faculty said.

"I am alarmed at the erosion of higher education in the state, particularly in the CSUs," said Mary Boland, an English professor at Cal State San Bernardino.

In San Bernardino, 60 to 70 faculty picketed for more than an hour at the campus entrance, said professor Marsha Marx.

They held signs with slogans such as "Cheating the Faculty = Cheating the Students" and "Honor Your Contract! Every Other State Agency Did."

Among the faculty members' complaints is that the chancellor in recent years withheld pay raises due to faculty.

The pay raises were guaranteed in the California Faculty Association's labor contract only if state funding of the university system reached projected levels. It has not reached projected levels in recent years.

Marx said she feels the chancellor should have granted the pay raises to faculty.

"It's all about priorities," she said. "The chancellor says budget, but it's really about priorities."

At least 50 faculty members participated in Wednesday's picketing at Cal Poly Pomona, said professor and union representative Gwendolyn Urey.

"I was very happy," she said. "I thought it went great."

Faculty members picketed at the intersection of West Temple Avenue and South Campus Drive, often crossing the street on crosswalks to draw drivers' attention to the protest, Urey said.

"(There was) lots of horn honking that was positive, not negative," Urey said. "I couldn't ask for better weather either."


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