Strike approval by California Faculty Association

| Nov 9, 2015 | Wage And Hour Laws |

California’s state university system is the largest in the nation, and the 26,000 employees represented by the California Faculty Association are concerned that the system is not recognizing their value and needs in terms of pay raises. The governor has included a 2 percent pay increase for these employees in his state budget, which is valued at nearly $33 million. However, the CFA’s proposal is approximately three times greater than the governor’s proposed raise. The November 4 vote by the union authorizes actions up to and including a walkout.

The chancellor of the university system indicated that the vote does not imply that a strike will occur. He indicates that strike votes have been taken at least four times in the last eight years, and an actual walkout only occurred once. The one-day strike occurred in 2011 at two campuses. In the current situation, the sides have gone through the mediation process without reaching an agreement, and a fact-finding effort is underway as a neutral party evaluates the situation. If the expected January report does not resolve the dispute, strikes could ensue.

Employee concerns can often be dealt with through collective bargaining agreements for those who are represented by unions. However, those who are not so represented may have difficulty in dealing with wage disputes or other greivances. Issues such as unpaid overtime, minimum wage violations and lack of breaks during an extended work day might be difficult to resolve without the potential for retaliatory action.

In a case involving a labor dispute that leads to retaliation, an employee might decide to find legal representation to take the matter further. An employment law attorney might help an individual who needs clarification on laws related to the situation. If the law has been violated, the attorney could provide direction for reporting through the proper state or federal agency.

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