Rallies planned over UCSD, SDSU financial picture


City News Service

Teachers and students plan to air their financial grievances Wednesday at rallies at San Diego State University and UC San Diego.

The SDSU rally will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the north side of Love Library -- part of a series held by the California Faculty Association across the California State University system.

The instructors said they will protest, among other things, negotiated pay raises that they said were withheld, the absence of faculty expansion to meet the increase in the number of students, and hikes in student fees.

The CFA has already declared a one-day strike for next week at Cal State Dominguez Hills and East Bay campuses.

The UCSD march will include students angry at banks they believe caused the financial crisis, which resulted in higher costs for them.

The rally is being organized by Refund California, a group that wants banks to reimburse those hurt by the economic downturn. It is being publicized by the Service Employees International Union, which represents government workers.

In a statement, organizers said their demands include higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for public services.

Refund California’s rallies are taking place on University of California campuses and in the Los Angeles Financial District.