Cal Poly faculty and administration develop strategies as possible strike approaches

Mar 8, 2016

A potential strike by faculty at Cal Poly and 22 other California State University (CSU) campuses is about a month away, and this has administrators developing plans for how to handle the situation. 

Bishop Peak sits in the distance beyond the Cal Poly campus.
Credit Flickr member youngthousands

The CSU System said this week that its campuses will remain open and it expects many classes will continue to meet during the five day action in mid-April.

In a letter to the Cal Poly campus last week, President Jeffrey Armstrong concurred. 

"We anticipate that all campus operations and administrative services will be available and that scheduled events will continue, including Open House," said Armstrong. "In addition, there will be activities for students, such as career days and professional development workshops."

The California Faculty Association (CFA) sees a different path for how students will be affected.

"We anticipate that many will be out on the picket line with us," the CFA states on its website. "This is an opportunity to demonstrate for our students what collective action for justice looks like."

Armstrong said if a strike does occur, he believes students will be able to finish courses and graduate on time.

The CFA members are threatening to strike over salary issues, following failed negotiations with the CSU.

Both sides are currently waiting for the results of a fact-finding process... followed by a ten day 'quiet period' designed to encourage the development of a settlement.

Potential strike dates:

  • April 13-15, 2016
  • April 18-19, 2016