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Students for Quality Education protest potential tuition increase

Protestors listen to guest speakers and express concerns over the lack of CSU funding.

Alex Grant

April 5, 2018

Protest chants echoed against the state capitol building Wednesday as students from across California came together to ask state legislators to fully fund the CSU system. The protest was organized by the faculty union group California Faculty Association (CFA) and a student intern group called Students...

Report sides with California Faculty Association in upcoming strike

From left to right: CFA field representative Jason Conwell, Professor Tim Sistrunk, and Counselor Mimi Bommersbach discuss the best way to hand out fliers to students. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

George Johnston

March 28, 2016

A fact-finding report into the bargaining agreement between the California Faculty Association and California State University management became public Monday. It sided with the California Faculty Association over CSU management. The arbitrator, who chaired the fact-finding panel, suggested that...

CFA president answers questions about faculty strike

Photo from the California Faculty Association website

Michelle Zhu

February 12, 2016

The California Faculty Association held a media conference call with CFA President Jennifer Eagan on Feb. 12 to answer questions about the upcoming faculty strike. Student reporters and editors from California State University newspapers and other media outlets entered the conference call at 10:30...

Strikers further plans in Kendall Hall

California Faculty Association Chapter President Timothy Sistrunk leads a discussion in Kendall Hall on the potential faculty strike, as political science professor Michael Coyle and CFA field representative Jason Conwell look on. Photo credit: Gabriel Sandoval

Michelle Zhu

February 10, 2016

The California Faculty Association held an open meeting in Kendall Hall on Feb. 10 to answer questions and discuss the upcoming faculty strike with Chico State faculty and students. The CFA held the meeting in response to their claims of stagnant wages since 2008. "If you're making less than you di...

Strike set for April

Flyer found in Trinity Hall encouraging students and faculty to participate in the strike. Photo credit: Elizabeth Helmer

Elizabeth Helmer

February 9, 2016

The California Faculty Association have announced they will strike in April if the California State University chancellor does not meet their demands. The strike dates have been set for April 13-15 and April 18-19. All 23 CSU campuses will participate. "What happens is faculty shows up with signs...

Presidential search ends this semester

President Zingg is set to retire at the end of the spring semester. Photo courtesy of Chico State

February 1, 2016

Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated a new president was selected on March 31 and President Zingg retired on August 22. The dates have been corrected.   When President Paul Zingg announced his retirement plans last August, the septuagenarian had already occupied the highest o...

California Faculty Association wears red to symbolize potential strike

From left to right: CFA Field Representative Jason Conwell,  Professor Tim Sistrunk, and Counselor Mimi Bommersbach discuss the best way to hand out fliers to students.  About reaching out to students Sistrunk said,

January 29, 2016

All around campus professors and other faculty are wearing red and handing out fliers to show support for their peers and bring awareness to students. The California Faculty Association is seeking student support to help them get better wages before they are forced to go on strike. Ryan Corrall can be reached at [email protected]

Survey reveals faculty displeasure with Zingg

Chico State President Paul Zingg. Photo by  Trevor Ryan

Jenice Tupolo

August 26, 2015

Last spring, President Zingg implemented a campus climate survey to address faculty, staff and administrative issues and concerns. The results concluded that more than half of faculty feels President Zingg and his administration do not respect faculty input.On August 21, Zingg nominated Susan Elrod as...

Trustees, faculty union ratify contract

Political science professor Michael Coyle speaks at a rally in support for faculty union contracts. The union contract was approved Nov. 12. Photo credit: Ernesto Rivera

David Mcvicker

November 14, 2014

The California State University board of trustees voted unanimously Nov. 12 to approve the faculty union contract for the next three years. The contract, which was also approved by the California Faculty Association through an online vote Nov. 1 to 9, will provide the faculty union with a number of positive gains for the university faculty mem...

Long commutes don’t deter faculty

Geoffrey Baker, English professor

Christine Lee

May 6, 2014

Chico State English professor Geoffrey Baker spends about two hours and 40 minutes driving back home to Oakland every weekend, a commute that doesn’t affect his teaching. "I know it seems if we're commuting that distance, we're not working on the days that we're not here but I guarantee you we a...

Employees face workplace bullying

Employees face workplace bullying

Yessenia Funes

April 23, 2014

A Chico State employee spends nights awake in bed. The next day at work, the employee is welcomed by threats from a supervisor and singled out — micromanaged and stripped of the ability to make work-related decisions. Disturbing comments are made behind closed doors. Performance evaluations a...

CSU, union look to fix lecturer pay disputes

Paul Zinngg

Nicholas Carr

December 18, 2013

The California State University system is currently looking at the prevalence of lecturer salary misclassification across the system, wrote CSU spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp in an email to The Orion. These misclassifications occur when a lecturer is placed at a pay grade inconsistent with their education or pr...

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