LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — California State University employees have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a series of two-day strikes if a new contract cannot be reached.

Lillian Taiz, president of the California Faculty Association, which represents 24,000 professors, librarians, coaches and counselors in the 23-campus system, said Wednesday nearly 95 percent of members voted in favor of the strike authorization.

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The union has proposed “rolling” strikes in which groups of campuses would go out on strike for two days each, one group following another.

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University spokesman Michael Uhlenkamp said talk of a strike is premature as bargaining is ongoing with talks scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

The 400,000-student system is dealing with a $970 million loss in state funding since 2008, raising tuition and slashing staff as a result.

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