|CSU Faculty Association members demonstrate at CSU East Bay. Photo by Justin Beck, via Twitter.|
Teachers from the California State University system protested today at two campuses after two years without pay raises, and they used social media in an attempt to urge students to support their cause.
Professors rallied at both CSU East Bay and CSU Dominguez Hills -- the first-ever labor action since the California Faculty Association got collective bargaining rights in 1983.
Demonstrators at CSU East Bay marched in front of multiple sides of the Hayward campus. According to witnesses on scene, the crowd was loud and active …
Union officials said via Twitter that the dispute isn’t just over their pay, but also over escalating student fees and staff cutbacks over the past 13 years, despite raises to administrative pay during that same time period:
The teachers, adept at giving grades, gave a failing one to CSU Chancellor Charles Reed:
A San Diego State professor explained that cutting CSU classes while raising tuition harms those who would most benefit from the system:
The demonstration got some support from students:
Supporters at some campuses even organized transportation to the universities where demonstrations took place:
At both CSU Dominguez Hills and CSU East Bay, the campus was described as being virtually empty:
CSU public relations staff felt compelled to do a little damage control and reply to posts on the Web, such as this post from a CSU Northridge student:
Which brought this response:
Video taken at the CSU East Bay protest showed a peaceful demonstration, with picketers circling and traffic patiently waiting for its turn to cross:
Some classes at Dominguez Hills and East Bay were cancelled, and classes at other campuses saw their routine disrupted: