At its party convention in San Jose, the state Democratic Party voted to endorse the California Faculty Association's campaign for higher wages.

Right before the party's 3,200 delegates cast their vote on the issue, CFA President Jennifer Eagan, a professor at California State University East Bay, said the fight over wages was not for faculty or for the students. "It’s a fight that represents our democratic values, the values of economic justice and social mobility," Eagan said. "It’s a fight for a better state, and I hope you will join us.”

The so-called "Fight for Five" by the CSU system's faculty calls for better pay for its 26,000 professors, lecturers, coaches, counselors and librarians. The CFA is asking for a 5 percent general salary increase for all faculty.

Back in October, CSU faculty voted to authorize a five day strike set for April 13 through 15 and 18 through 19, if no contract settlement is reached with CSU management.

“California doesn’t have the country’s biggest and best public universities by accident," California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton said. "California State University faculty have stood with students and parents to protect our public universities during the recession. We need to give CSU faculty the respect they deserve and pay them what they are worth.”