Have Your Say: Members of AFT 2121 voted 92 percent yes on a strike authorization. How will this affect your school work?

By Jose Duran and Photos by Fran Smith

Amber Straus, Women’s studies instructor, 15 years teaching
Amber Straus, Women’s studies instructor, 15 years teaching

“What the vote shows is that teaching faculty, counseling faculty and librarians are all united in our desire to have a fair wage, and we’re tired of trying to make it below our 2007 wages. It’s really on the administration now to give us a fair contract so we can continue to do our work of supporting students.”


Ahmed Duvaih, 19, Mechanical Engineering major
Ahmed Duvaih, 19, Mechanical Engineering major

“It’s going to be hard, especially as an international student because we come far and it’s hard for us to find classes. If the teachers go on strike it’s going to affect us.”


Cindy Pang, ESL student
Cindy Pang, ESL student

“If teachers go on strike maybe my studies will stop for a while, but I will support that.”


Christoph Greger, English, 18 years of teaching
Christoph Greger, English, 18 years of teaching

“I hope that all sides can agree that this is a really high-stakes thing that’s happening. It impacts the student life significantly. It has the potential to have a really positive impact on our institution, but it’s something that is not to be taken lightly by any of the parties, so I hope everybody understands the importance and the significance of what’s to happen.”


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