Cal State faculty set to wrap up vote on strike

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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