At one state college, California State University East Bay, the staff decided in November to strike to protest how long contract negotiations were taking.

It was just a one day strike but the college will be paying every employee as if they had worked that day, largely because it can’t figure out if it’s not supposed to.

According to an article by Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle:

At Cal State East Bay – which relied on the honor system – only four faculty members reported not working. Another 41 took some type of personal time off.

“We know these numbers are inconsistent with campus operations that day,” [CSU Chancellor Charles] Reed said in his memo to the schools’ presidents. But, the chancellor said, CSU didn’t have the money for a full investigation into who had actually worked – and it would be unfair to dock the pay only of those who owned up to going out on strike.

Well arguably the Golden State’s budget, which cut $500 million from the CSU system, is much more “unfair” to Cal State faculty and staff but sure, whatever excuse works.[Image via]

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer