Walkout! HSU Students Rally Today in Support of Faculty
The HSU Student Labor Union organized the event because they believe faculty members should receive a 5 percent wage increase.
“Time after time the administration has said the money isn’t there, and we’re finding out the money actually is there,” HSU Student Labor Union member Ian Alexander said.
Faculty members have received a 1 percent ($514) wage increase over the past ten years, according to Alexander.
“With inflation, [faculty members] are actually making less than they did ten years ago,” Alexander said.
Alexander also said administrators have received a 42 percent ($33,000) wage increase over the past ten years.
“We’re talking about presidents who are making $300,000 to $400,000 already,” Alexander said. “Across the CSU system, 94 percent of the union have voted in favor of a strike.”
However, Alexander and HSU president Lisa Rossbacher said faculty members can’t participate in a strike at the moment.
“The bargaining process is complex, and additional steps are required before any decisions about a strike or other actions will be made,” Rossbacher wrote in an email to the HSU community on Monday. “I want to assure you that this recent vote does not mean that a strike is about to happen – or that one will necessarily happen at all.”
“They’re kind of grounded by this step-by-process.” Alexander said. “We have faculty thanking us, but I want to make it really clear that faculty is not sanctioning this walkout.”
Rossbacher said in her email that hearings and negotiations are scheduled for late November and early December. Alexander said that faculty members will not be able to strike until next semester.
Among other issues, Alexander said the student labor union is also focused on diversity among faculty members and making sure students have access to resources.
“This is a movement of students,” Alexander said. “This movement helps to bring resources to all students on campus.”
The student labor union and other walkout participants are currently at the University Center Quad.