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Cal State East Bay faculty members, left to right, Clare Lewis, of Oakland, Rolla Lewis, of Berkeley, and Gwyan Rhabyt, of Santa Cruz, join fellow members of the California Faculty Association for an informational picket along Carlos Bee Boulevard at Loop Road at the university in Hayward, Calif. on Wednesday Nov. 9, 2011. The California State University's faculty union is planning a one-day strike next week on Nov. 17 at the CSU East Bay and Dominguez Hills campuses to protest a decision to withhold a negotiated salary increase by administration, after a state cut to education funding. (Anda Chu/Staff)

HAYWARD -- Organizers and university officials expected a large turnout for a one-day faculty strike at the Cal State University East Bay campus on Thursday.

While faculty at CSUEB and Cal State University Dominguez Hills are the only ones officially striking, many of their colleagues from other campuses are expected to join them in solidarity, said Kim Geron, California Faculty Association vice president.

On Wednesday, about 25 students held an Occupy CSUEB meeting, also in support of the strike.

Geron said the issue that legally gives them the right to strike is related to raises that were agreed upon through bargaining but never delivered. He said that the strike also has to do with the vision for the CSU system, and the chancellor is out of step with what faculty and students want.

He said the two campuses were selected because they are centrally located, one in Northern California and one in Southern California, and they have similar demographics that make them both a "poster child for some of the challenges we face."

The strike was approved last week by 93 percent of CFA members. It will start after 6 a.m. and last until 5 p.m.



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