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Hundreds of chanting, banner-waving Cal State faculty members marched to the chancellor’s office in Long Beach on Tuesday, announcing their resolve to walk out of classes in the nation’s largest university system if an agreement is not reached in a long-running pay dispute.

The march and a noontime rally during a meeting of the Board of Trustees took on the air of a festival, with music, flash mobs, skits and professors in red T-shirts chanting: “We don’t want to strike, but we will.”

Faculty tooted horns and held signs that said "White is too tight," a reference to Chancellor Timothy P. White.

The protest comes nearly two weeks after the California Faculty Assn. announced overwhelming support for a strike, with 94.4% of members who cast a ballot voting in favor.

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