Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:11 AM by Associated Press (CM)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California State University employees are set to finish voting on whether to authorize their union to declare a strike.
The 24,000 members of the California Faculty Association - which includes professors, counselors and other staff among 23 campuses - on Friday will wrap up the voting, which began on April 16 after negotiations failed to yield a new contract.
Union leaders say they expect the members to support a strike declaration.
The vote comes at a tough time for CSU, which has lost $970 million in state funding since 2008.
In response the 400,000-student system has raised tuition, laid off staff and cut admissions.
CSU spokesman Michael Uhlenkamp has said the administration is hopeful that a settlement can still be reached.
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