Posted: Apr 16, 2012 12:30 PM by Associated Press (SR)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some 24,000 California State University employees have started trickling to campus polls to vote whether to authorize their union to declare a strike after 22 months of negotiations failed to yield a new contract.
Polls opened Monday for a two-week voting period on the 23 campuses across the state.
Andy Merrifield, chief negotiator for the California Faculty Association, which represents professors, librarians, coaches and counselors, says he anticipates that members will authorize a strike at an unspecified date.
Merrifield, a professor at Sonoma State University, says employees are angry that the administration has refused to give pay hikes over the past four years, as well as other issues.
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