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Payment dispute results in California faculty filing labor charge

Students and faculty members from California State University launched a public rally in relation to a current labor charge that has been filed against management. The payment dispute alleges unfair labor practices and is the central focus of the current battle between Cal State faculty members and their employers.  The action has been taken in response to a deadlock that has been in place since June 2015 regarding increased wages.

Approximately 26,000 professors, counselors, librarians, coaches and lecturers comprise the faculty group represented in the recent claim. Close to 100 percent of voting members have reportedly supported plans for a strike if a resolution is not soon reached regarding the salary issues. The Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act, passed in 1979, was cited in the decision to file labor charges against Cal State management. 

HEERA states that requests for funding, financing and necessary legislation are to be forwarded to the state legislature, the state governor or to the appropriate agency or agencies involved. The faculty members contend that they have been prevented from proceeding according to HEERA in the absence of a budget/salary agreement between themselves and Cal State management. Faculty members donned t-shirts at their recent rally, stating that they don't want to strike but are prepared to do so in order to protect their labor rights.

It is not yet known how this California payment dispute will be resolved. However, workers throughout the state will want to know that there is legal help available to those facing similar contractual issues with their employers, including salary disputes. It is advisable to discuss such issues with a seasoned employment law attorney at the earliest opportunity.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Cal State faculty file labor charge over salary dispute", Carla Rivera, Nov. 20, 2015

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