Saturday, September 29, 2007

Save Time: Travel Info for GC Delegates

GC delegates: are you ready?

We've saved you some work by putting together a collection of useful material for GC delegates and their families. We've tracked down printable state and regional maps, weather, a custom map showing locations of the convention center and hotels, directions, event calendars, hotel web sites and their rewards programs, local stores (including perennial favorites Target and Trader Joe's), children's activities, museums, downtown and regional attractions, parks and hiking, and lots of other good stuff.

The CSEA General Council page is still the place to go for delegate guides, proposed bylaws changes, travel claim information, and all those official things.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Chapter 304 Action: Contract Distribution, Picnic

Contract handout:
Recently, Chapter 304 (Sonoma) officers had a pile of printed contracts. "Hmm," they thought, "what to do?" Bring them to chapter meetings, sure. Give some to each steward to have on hand, sure. Make sure new employees had them, sure. Yet, somehow, those tried and true approaches just weren't enough on their own. Reliable and useful, but not... festive.

So at lunchtime, President Mike Hearty , Vice President Leeanne Bowes, and Chief Steward Liona Spring headed outside and stationed themselves at a high-traffic spot on campus, near the clock tower. Whenever a bargaining unit employee passed by, an officer chatted briefly with the person and offered him or her a contract. It didn't take long to use up their supply, since employees were happy to get their hands on a copy.

No tables, no schedules, no permits, no flyers, and no announcements to write. They just showed up, put a friendly face on the union, reminded employees that the union's working for them, and made a difference by distributing useful information. How's that for an easy and worthwhile chapter event?

Chapter picnic:
Chapter 304's annual picnic is today. Their special guests this year are:

  • California Assemblyman Jared Huffman
  • CSUEU President Pat Gantt
  • CSUEU Chief of Staff Phil Coonley
About two hundred employees are expected, to hear from the guests, eat, and enter the drawings for what is described as "a pile" of gift card prizes.

What is your chapter up to? Email us, or leave a note in the comments.

Classification Committee Appointments

Pat Gantt, CSUEU President, has announced appointments to the CSUEU Classification Committee. He notes that this was the most popular committee request, with over a dozen people volunteering for it.

  • Curtis Baker, BU 5 Designee (Chapter 324 - Channel Islands)
  • Lynn Barba, BU 2 Designee (Chapter 317 - Fullerton)
  • Nancy Kobata, At Large member (Chapter 309 - Fresno)
  • Tessie Reese, At Large member (Chapter 318 - San Diego)
  • Rocky Sanchez, BU 7 Designee (Chapter 319 - Pomona)
  • Jerry Saner, At Large member (Chapter 301 - Humboldt)
  • Rocky Waters, BU 9 Designee (Chapter 301 - Humboldt)
  • Dennis Dillon, Vice President of Representation (Chapter 312 - Northridge)
The three at-large members are appointed with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, to be sought at the next Board meeting on October 4.

See the previous overview of CSUEU Committees for descriptions of the various committees' tasks and composition.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

President's Trustees Report from Pat Gantt

CSUEU President Pat Gantt sent this out last night. Links have been modified for readability in this format:

Dear CSUEU Board members,

It has been a several days since the Trustee’s meeting and I have collected some of my notes to share with you along with some other information.

Trustees Meeting

It was an interesting meeting to say the least. Our speakers on Tuesday addressed the Collective Bargaining committee on the issues of our contract and the need for all us to have competitive salaries. I presented to Chancellor Reed a letter that had two years of In Range Progression (IRP) Data attached and showed that only 6% of CSUEU represented employees received IRPs. The CSU must do better than that. The letter and the data from two years are attached to this email. Have you applied for an In Range Progression? Been thinking about it? Do it and help another 20 people.

In my final comments that day I also mentioned that the Executive salaries increases were ill timed and frankly stinks at a time where the CSU proposed to reduce our GSI by 1%. Other speakers, Sharon Cunningham, Lynn Barba, Rich McGee and Mary Granger each made some compelling statements from members or first hand experience. Some of the highlight of their comments:

A 15 year Sac State full time employee’s children qualify for free lunches at school.

An employee at CSUSB attended an evening convocation merely to eat dinner because they had not enough money left for groceries that week due to other expenses. If you would like more detail, our trusty Unit 9 reporter, Rich McGee has a blow by blow account:
Free School Lunches and Empty Refrigerators: CSU Staff Struggle Under Pay Gap (Unit 9 News)

While we spoke there were CSUEU members from the Chancellor’s Office, Long Beach and Dominguez Hills chapters that demonstrated outsides against the executive raises and what they are proposing with our compensation. A special thanks to CSUEU chapter presidents Susan Kirby, Richard Duarte and Mary Granger for mobilizing their members. It was also reported that somehow the spreadsheet showing the executive increases found its way into the bathroom stalls in the Chancellor’s Office as reading material. Chancellor’s Office Human Resources appears to have raised a concern regarding the distribution. I guess there was just no room on the bulletin boards that day. Good job!


In the area of the budget the Trustees and the Chancellor thanked labor for help with protecting the CSU budget. The increases in the executive salaries and the status of CSUEU bargaining may be better measures of their thanks.


There are two bills that are sitting on the Governor’s desk that the Chancellor’s Office made some remarks about with some concern. Both bills are aimed at the CSU system and were supported by CSUEU. The bills are:

SB 190 - Yee

AB1413 - Portantino

SB 190 deals with Executive compensation and may explain why the Chancellor was in such a hurry this year on the Presidential salary increases. It passed out of the Senate and Assembly with bi-partisan support.

AB 1413 deals with the structure of the trustees and the ex-officio trustees and passed along party lines in both the assembly and the senate. We will be sending out more information on what to do on these bills in another email. Senator Yee’s staff has contacted us on a possible press conference in the next week or ten days.

Executive pay

Passed the raises, but not without some discussion and dissention by Lieutenant Governor Garamendi. Trustees Garamendi and Ricardo Icaza, president of a southern California retail clerks union voted no to the raises. This was the first time in a long time that any trustees voted against any action. There presence and vote is a direct result of the email campaign we launched on the issue. Please double check the CSUEU website for other articles on the executive salary issue.

The CSU, Northridge student paper has a pretty good story on the plenary comments even though they listed me as a professor of Biology. ( Hey, I better check my paycheck again)

CSU Trustees approve executive pay raises (Daily Sundial at CSU Northridge)

It was a busy week and we got more media attention than we have in a long time. Together we made an impact at the campus and system level. Stay tuned.

In Union,

Pat Gantt

Documents sent with this email were:
In-Range Progression Report Card (Letter from Pat Gantt to Reed)
In-Range Progression 2005-2006 distribution (Excel spreadsheet)
In-Range Progression 2006-2007 distribution (Excel spreadsheet)

Inside a Unionbusting Seminar

Here's an eye-opening read: A writer goes undercover inside a union-busting seminar. Because the organizers of the seminar watch for "spies" (such as journalists and union organizers), the writer has to register under someone else's name to attend. The seminar content is a weird mixture of paranoia, plugs for the sponsoring law firm's services, and recommendations against dealing honestly with employees and unions. The instructors advise companies to "undermine the union by rejecting all of its demands during negotiations."

A few quotes from the two men conducting the seminar:

“We’re not moralists. We’re lawyers.”
“Unions think money grows on trees!”
“They’ll attempt to destroy you no matter how good you are.”
“We’re lucky to have a George Bush labor board.”
“What happens if this statement is a lie? ... It’s still lawful: The labor board doesn’t really care if people are lying.”
Unionbusting Confidential (In These Times)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

CSU Rejects Latest CSUEU Proposal

Citing unspecified "issues," the CSU today rejected CSUEU's latest proposal. We are still at impasse.

CSU rejects latest union proposal (CSUEU)

Alisandra Brewer Appointed to BUC 9

Alisandra Brewer is the newest at-large member of Bargaining Unit Council 9.

Liz Breach recently resigned her office as campus Bargaining Unit Representative and at-large member of Bargaining Unit Council 9. After soliciting nominations from the eligible Bargaining Unit Representatives, Chair Rich McGee appointed Alisandra Brewer to the vacant position.

Alisandra is Computer Labs Coordinator at Sonoma State University, managing computer labs and taking care of technology classrooms. She has been with the campus since 1996 and became involved in the union because of what she witnessed in the workplace. She identifies as a Mac Geek and lasted a whole two days after the price drop before breaking down and buying an iPhone.

Organizing Committee Appointments Announced

Ronnie Grant, Vice President for Organizing, has announce the appointment of the CSUEU Organizing Committee:

  • Maria Olga Camarillo, Chapter 308 - Stanislaus
  • Adriana Petterz, Chapter 315 - Long Beach
  • Elvira Vasquez, Chapter 316 - San Luis Obispo
  • Deborah Campbell, Chapter 319 - Pomona
  • Robert Rice, Chapter 320 - San Bernardino
  • Charles Constantine, Chapter 323 - Maritime Academy
Ronnie Grant, as Vice President for Organizing, is automatically the chair of the Organizing Committee.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Trustees Hand More Money to CSU Executives

Showing no shame whatsoever, the CSU Board of Trustees has voted to approve the latest round of raises for CSU executives. Several Trustees expressed the greatest solicitude for the poor under-appreciated executives, and were dismissive of the concerns expressed by students, faculty, staff, legislators, and the Lieutenant Governor.

Free school lunches and empty refrigerators: CSU staff struggle under pay gap

CSUEU officers addressed the CSU Board of Trustees' Committee on Collective Bargaining yesterday, hammering home the point that staff salaries have languished under years of neglect, and employees are struggling as a result.

Pat Gantt, President, updated the Trustees on negotiations: the CSU and CSUEU are at impasse, and CSU wants to reduce what they originally offered by a full 1%. We represent 16,000 employees in over 250 classifications. The majority of our bargaining unit members are at the low end of the salary range, and this offer basically gutted our salary increases. The CSU wants to reduce our cost of living, while at the same time increasing executive compensation? That stinks. Only 6% of the employees we represent received an In-Range Progression in the last two fiscal cycles. Movement through the salary ranges is a key component, and is important to us. It should be important to the CSU.

Dennis Dillon, Vice President for Representation, seconded Pat Gantt's remarks, and told the Trustees that one of our biggest issues is that the salary ranges themselves are not that far from competitive, but the problem is where in those ranges the employees' actual salaries fall. Without movement through the salary ranges, employees are underpaid. He also protested the slow pace of negotiations for Unit 13, whose employees haven't received a raise since 2005.

Lynn Barba, BUC 2 Vice Chair, stated that it is imperative that the General Salary Increase be maximized as much as possible. The CSU's current approach is not going to work. Any campus can do In-Range Progressions at any time. It's time to utilize the In-Range Progressions because the compensation pool isn't going to be able to fix this problem any time soon.

Sharon Cunningham, BUC 5 Chair, told the Trustees this situation "is just ridiculous." Employees need help, and if the Trustees look at how slowly we are moving through the salary ranges, they'll understand why we're here.

Jennifer O'Neal Watts, BUC 7 Vice Chair, told the Trustees, "I'm am 11-year employee at my campus, and my children qualify for a free lunch at school."

Mary Granger, Chapter 314 President, read the Trustees an impassioned letter from a coworker, telling the Trustees we're not keeping up with the market, and the CSU community consists of more than the Presidents and the executives at the Chancellor's Office. We're losing purchasing ability. Staff are leaving because they can do better in the private sector. People are beginning to lose faith in what we call Higher Education.

Rich McGee, BUC 9 Chair, described a disabled CSU employee who attended the president's evening convocation reception with her husband because the free food was the only way they could afford to eat dinner that night. They have only a small amount of food to last until the next paycheck.

Pat Gantt and Dennis Dillon will be addressing the full Board of Trustees today.

Trustees Committee Votes to Recommend Exec Pay Hikes

Moments ago, the CSU Board of Trustees' Committee on University Faculty and Personnel voted to recommend the CSU executive pay increases. Lt. Governor John Garamendi attended the meeting, and argued against both the executive pay plan and this year's planned executive pay hikes.

The full Board of Trustees will meet later today to vote on the executive pay proposals.

Trustees Meet Today to Discuss Executive Pay Raises

At 8 am today, the CSU Board of Trustees' Committee on University Faculty and Personnel will convene to discuss executive compensation and the plan to give CSU campus presidents and system executives another round of large raises. Later the full CSU Board of Trustees will vote on the proposal. Will the Trustees have the courage to say "no" to the latest in a history of generous executive pay increases?

In favor:
Chancellor Reed and his cronies

Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi
State Legislators
Taxpayers who don't like seeing their money wasted

CSUEU officers Pat Gantt and Dennis Dillon will be addressing the full Board of Trustees today. (Sources indicate they will not be honoring the holiday when they speak, but we remain hopeful.)

CSU's plans for generous executive pay raises is attracting more attention than the CSU probably hoped:
CSU Weighs raising salaries (Long Beach Press Telegram)
ArmiƱana among CSU execs getting raises (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
CSU, UC leaders consider financial issues this week (AP via San Francisco Chronicle)
Lt. Governor: Executive pay hike is "unnecessary" and "extremely offensive" (Unit 9 News)
Proposed 12% California State University Executive Pay Increase Opposed by Lt. Governor Garamendi in Light of Student Fee Increases (California Progress Report)
Lt. Governor John Garamendi Blasts Proposed CSU Executive Pay Increase (press release)
CSU Students Pay While Execs Play, Again! (California Chronicle)
As fees rise, CSU execs stand to get 11.8% raises (San Francisco Chronicle)
CSU execs may get 12 percent raise (Inside Bay Area)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lt. Governor: Executive pay hike is "unnecessary" and "extremely offensive"

CFA hosted a teleconference with Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi today about the CSU plan to raise executive pay. For the next day or two, you can listen to a replay at (800) 475-6701 or (320) 365-3844, using passcode 887951.

During the teleconference, Lieutenant Governor Garamendi stated that he is "strongly opposed" to the executive pay raises and student fee increases. He described the planned pay raise as "unnecessary," "uncalled-for," and "extremely offensive." He called CSU's claims of an executive pay lag an "excuse" and pointed out that when all the perks are included, such as $60,000 or a free house for presidents, current executive pay is already competitive. "The total compensation package is not out of line with other institutions, including private institutions." "There's no indication over the last several years that any executive is leaving for lack of pay," or that there's any difficulty recruiting high-quality executives.

Garamendi pointed out that the CSU budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year was approved by the Board of Trustees without any discussion of this pay increase, and that budget was the one accepted by the governor and legislature. "Therefore this money is coming out of some program; the question is which."

Asked what level of pay increase he would support for executives, Garamendi answered "None."

Garamendi joins CFA in urging halt to CSU exec pay (CSUEU)
Lieutenant Governor Garamendi Opposes CSU Exec Raises

Unit 9 Chair to Trustees: Some Staff Need Free Food to Survive on CSU Pay

Earlier today, Rich McGee, Chair of Bargaining Unit 9, addressed the Board of Trustees' Committee on Collective Bargaining as they met in open session. Here he describes his remarks:

I introduced myself, and thanked the Trustees for the privilege of speaking with them today. I then congratulated Dr. Al Karnig, the President at CSU San Bernardino, for having the courage to tell the truth about PeopleSoft. Yesterday, during his Fall convocation speech, President Karnig blamed "difficulties with the implementation of PeopleSoft" as one of the reasons that the enrollment is low at CSUSB. I informed the Trustees that PeopleSoft has not made the campuses more productive, and that in fact tasks that used to take moments now take a very long time. For example, one person used to be able to perform over 250 student advisements in the course of a day. Now, they can do 30, or less, in the same amount of time. The system just isn't working! Ask your students, ask your staff; they will tell you the truth.

Regarding the compensation issue, I said that rather than give them dry figures and numbers, I preferred to use an actual example. At CSU San Bernardino, there is an ASA-2 who has a medical disability, and must use an electric wheelchair. She loves her job, and does it very well. Last night, both she and her husband attended the President's evening convocation celebration. But they only attended because there was food being offered. If they hadn't gone, they wouldn't have eaten dinner, as they have only 3 bottles of water and a single loaf of bread left to last them for the remainder of the month.

To have a staff member at any university having to depend upon free food in order to eat? That's just shameful.

Lieutenant Governor Garamendi Opposes CSU Exec Raises

The Lieutenant Governor has written to Chancellor Reed and Board of Trustees Chair Roberta Achtenberg opposing the planned executive pay raises:

"I believe the formal policy on executive compensation and the proposal to provide salary increases to CSU executives is ill-timed and unwise."
Garamendi raises a number of awkward points, these among them:
"1. The CSU system is now in the third month of the current budget, and there is no line item in the budget for any increase beyond what was approved last year. Exactly what program will be cut to pay for the increases?"
"4. In actual dollars, the amount of the pay increases received by many executives is greater that the total annual pay of many other CSU employees, such as janitors, groundskeepers, and food service employees. Furthermore, the total dollar increase is greater that the take home pay of non-tenured faculty. The gross unfairness of this cannot be denied, and should cause all of the Trustees to pause to consider the difficulty that many of the loyal employees of the university face in making ends meet in their daily life."
He also takes them to task for continuing to schedule Board of Trustees meetings in conflict with the University of California Board of Regents meetings, preventing him from attending both. The Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, and the Superintendant of Public Instruction, also ex-officio members of both boards, are affected by the same problem.

Proposed 12% California State University Executive Pay Increase Opposed by Lt. Governor Garamendi in Light of Student Fee Increases (California Progress Report)
Lt. Governor John Garamendi Blasts Proposed CSU Executive Pay Increase (press release)

State Senator Yee says "Trustees just don't get it"

The Board of Trustees will consider a proposal to increase CSU executive pay an average of 11.8% during its meetings today and tomorrow. This plan is not making a good impression on the legislature, according to the California Chronicle:

“It is shocking that the Trustees just don’t get it,” said Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), who has a bill pending on the Governor’s desk to bring transparency and accountability to the Board of Trustees when dealing with executive compensation. “Who in the world is worth this kind of taxpayer money while student fees increase and the faculty and staff get nominal pay? The Trustees continuously fail to recognize that this is a public institution, not a get rich factory for executives.”

Another item on the Trustees agenda is a proposal that includes another 10 percent student fee increase.

“If approved, the Trustees would have increased student fees 100 percent over the past five years, while increasing executive pay nearly 35 percent,” said Yee. “These actions are incredibly disturbing; the ink is barely dry on the state budget and the first action by the Trustees is to give excessive payouts to top executives on the backs of students.”

CSU Students Pay While Execs Play, Again! (California Chronicle)
As fees rise, CSU execs stand to get 11.8% raises (San Francisco Chronicle)

CSU Executive Raises 2005-2007: 13.7%, 4%, 11.8%?

FY 2005-06: Average 13.7% raise, increased housing and car allowances
In October 2005, the Board of Trustees approved raises averaging 13.7% for CSU system executives and campus presidents, retroactive to July 1, 2005. The trustees also increased housing allowances to $50,000 and $60,000 per year for presidents without official campus residences, and increased the car allowance for CSU system executives and campus presidents to $1000 per month.

FY 2006-07: 4% across the board
In January 2007, the Board of Trustees approved across the board salary increases of 4% for CSU system executives and campus presidents, retroactive to July 1, 2006.

FY 2007-08: Average 11.8%?
Today, with CSUEU-CSU bargaining at impasse after a single meeting, the CSU will again propose a generous salary increase for top system executives and campus presidents, averaging 11.8% and retroactive to July 1, 2007. Will the Board of Trustees fall for the Chancellor's "poor underpaid executives" ploy again? Is another large raise for executives who are already very well compensated the best use of limited funds?

Email the Board now.
If you are tired of seeing top executives get large increases to already-high salaries, while the CSU won't even bargain seriously with staff, take a few minutes to email the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor ( and

Black Tuesday, Email Campaign, and Protest: What are you doing?
Chapter 316 Action: Email Campaign to Board of Trustees and Black Tuesday
CSU Set to Increase Executive Pay Again

Monday, September 17, 2007

You can address the Board of Trustees on Wednesday

If you take action today, you can address the Board of Trustees yourself on Wednesday. Ronnie Grant, Vice President for Organizing, has pulled together this excellent overview:

If you or someone from your chapter is attending the Board of Trustees meeting this week, here's the link to the meeting schedule:

The Board consists of 10 committees on Tuesday and Wednesday, ending with the plenary session at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Board is governed by the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. You have the right to address the Board on any subject pertaining to the CSU. You also have the right to address any committee on any subject matter pertaining to that committee.

The CSU requires you to request to be added to the speakers list two days in advance. If you wish to speak on Wednesday, please see page 2 of the meeting schedule for contact info.

Also see Rules of Procedure, section 8:

Here's agendas for all committees and the plenary session:

Here's the news release:

Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act:

Black Tuesday, Email Campaign, and Protest: What are you doing?

Chancellor Reed disapproves of giving tax dollars to the wealthy – unless they're his own executives, of course:

"It's just bad public policy to give wealthy people government funds," said Reed, who now runs the California State University system.
[from Bright Futures Changes at Hand, (Tampa Bay Online)]
The CSU offered CSUEU the lowest GSI of any union. The CSU bargaining team didn't even bother to bargain seriously – they declared impasse and walked out after spending only a few minutes hearing our concerns about their initial proposal.

Tomorrow, the CSU Board of Trustees will consider a recommendation to give yet another big raise to CSU's top executives. What are you doing about it?

Email Campaign
CSUEU officers will be addressing the Board of Trustees Tuesday and Wednesday. Email the CSU officials and the Board of Trustees to add your voice to theirs. Make sure the CSU knows you are behind the bargaining team 100% in opposing these outlandish raises. Tell the CSU it's time to get serious about bargaining with CSUEU. Let them know you're tired of seeing the CSU increase executive compensation over and over again, while thumbing their noses at the employees who are the backbone of this university.

Black Tuesday
Courtesy of Chapter 316, we have the "Black Tuesday" campaign: wear black tomorrow, and every Friday after that, until we are heard. The Black Tuesday flyer can be downloaded and used by any chapter.

Protest at the Chancellor's Office
On Tuesday, September 18, from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., CSUEU will be at the Chancellor’s Office to express our outrage at the disparate salary increases between the haves and the have-nots. The Chancellor says he is interested in remedying salary inequities for staff, and in the same breath provides nearly double the salary increase for MPPs and quadruple the salary increase for CSU Executives that he is providing to staff.

We will have CSUEU staff, signs, noisemakers and a bullhorn on hand. There will be lunch for the first 50 people. All we need is you.

What will you do?
The people we've elected to bargain on our behalf don't operate in a vacuum. Show the Trustees you support the bargaining team's efforts to secure fair compensation, by sending email, wearing black, going to the protest, or all three. Let your outrage, as both a hardworking employee and taxpayer, show.

CSUEU Board of Directors Meeting: October 4 in San Jose

Sent out this morning:

To: CSUEU Board of Directors
From: Ronnie L. Grant, Vice President for Organizing
Subject: Notice of Board meeting
Date: September 17, 2007

At 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2007, the Board of Directors of the California State University Employees Union will hold a regular meeting in Salon IV at the San Jose Marriott, 301 S. Market St., San Jose, 95113.

A complete agenda is currently being prepared. Highlights will include a Board orientation training and ratification of the CSEA-CSUEU service agreement.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

CSUEU meetings are open by default, with only a few exceptions as described in the Policy File.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Chapter 316 Action: Email Campaign to Board of Trustees and Black Tuesday

Chapter 316, San Luis Obispo, has sent out a blistering message to represented employees, urging them to flood the email boxes of the Board of Trustees with protests, and to wear black this coming Tuesday and every Friday.

Please email everyone on the list below; tell them your story; tell them WE matter; tell them we deserve an equitable raise. Give them the facts, they need to know. We need every one to flood their in boxes with our messages --- send message Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s time for us to be heard--- loud and clear.

We don’t have every trustees email address and some may be bounded but don’t despair. We would suggest sending one email and copying everyone else on the list below. Now Chancellor Reed has two emails, so please include both: and
We wouldn't want him to miss any; now would we!! This is your right as an American citizen, it’s your first amendment right at it’s best; exercise your right and voice your opinion, your future depends on I; your family depends on it!! ---If you have never written to support your rights as a state worker, it’s time… and this is the best time.

We are also encouraging everyone to wear Black this Tuesday and every Friday until we are heard. Thank you for your support, we will continue to work on your behalf
The chapter has also compiled a helpful list of individual addresses for CSU officials, including top executives and members of the Board of Trustees:
Charles Reed (ex-officio)
Roberta Achtenberg
Melinda Guzman
Leticia Hernandez (secretariat)
Richard West (treasurer)
Christine Helwick (secretary)
Cruz Bustamante (ex-officio)
Fabian Nunez (ex-officio)
Jack O'Connell (ex-officio)

Take a few minutes and send an email now!

What is your chapter doing? Leave us a tip in the comments, and if you have anything on the web about this, include the URL so we can link to you.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

CSU Set to Increase Executive Pay Again

Next week, the CSU Board of Trustees will consider a recommendation to raise top executive salaries by an average of 11.8%, retroactive to July 1, 2007.

Just last week the CSU offered CSUEU-represented employees the lowest General Salary Increase (GSI) of any union. The CSU's first offer quickly became its final offer, when the CSU's chief negotiator declared bargaining to be at impasse after spending only a few minutes at the table to hear CSUEU's concerns about the CSU proposal.

The report of the Committee on University and Faculty Personnel details the proposed pay increases, which affect the Chancellor, the campus presidents, and a few other executives at the Chancellor's Office.

CSUEU blasts double-digit raises for top CSU execs (CSUEU)
CSU execs may get 12 percent raise (Inside Bay Area)
CSU Board of Trustees agendas and meeting documents

The Board of Trustees meets September 18-19 at the Chancellor's Office.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Joint Impasse Petition from CSUEU and CSU

CSUEU and CSU are jointly requesting that PERB determine the parties to be at impasse and appoint a mediator.

Joint Request for Impasse Determination from CSUEU and CSU (PDF)
(PDF is Portable Document Format; you can download Acrobat Reader here.)

Friday, September 7, 2007

Official Bargaining Update from September 6-7 Bargaining

The CSU and CSUEU bargaining teams had agreed to bargain yesterday and today, September 6-7. Instead the CSU refused to budge from their initial proposal, and declared bargaining to be at impasse yesterday afternoon, shortly after passing their only response to CSUEU's initial proposal. The bargaining session previously scheduled for September 14, 2007 has been canceled. Here is the official bargaining update from the CSUEU bargaining team:


September 7, 2007


Our contract with the CSU was predicated on the CSU receiving 1% more than "compact" funding. The state budget signed by Governor Schwarzenegger failed to provide the CSU with the extra funding. Therefore, CSUEU and CSU returned to the bargainingtable on September 6th to reopen bargaining on compensation for FY 2007/08.

In July 2007, CSUEU presented a proposal to the CSU, seeking to maximize the amount of the general salary increase by not funding the 0.992% market salary adjustment which would have targeted only a few of the 200 classifications represented by the union. This resulted in a General Salary Increase proposal of 3.688% for all employees.

On September 6th, the CSU rejected the union's proposal and insisted that the equivalent of a 1% general salary increase be dedicated, in unknown amounts, to unspecified classifications for the purpose of providing market salary adjustments. The CSU acknowledged that this would result in a smaller general salary increase.

CSUEU informed the CSU that the biggest problem regarding salaries was salary stagnation - caused by the elimination of salary steps in 1996 and the failure of the CSU to use in-range progression [IRP] to move employees through the open salary ranges that were unilaterally imposed. IRPs were intended to be used to recognize assigned or enhanced skills, performance, and lead work assignments, as well as to help retain employees in classifications with salary lags. Most CSUEU-represented employees remain clustered at the low end of their salary range. The CSU's failure to move employees through their classification's open salary range must be addressed separately from cost-of-living increases.

In FY 2005/06, out of 16,000 CSUEU-represented employees, only 6% received IRPs!

CSUEU and CSU also discussed compensation for FY 2008/09, but failed to reach an agreement.

The next step is for CSUEU and CSU to file a petition to the State Public Employment Relations Board declaring impasse and seeking the appointment of a state mediator to facilitate a resolution of these issues.

Comparison of CSUEU and CSU proposals

CSUEU ProposalCSU Proposal
Total package4.25%4.25%
General Salary Increase3.688%2.707%
Service Salary Increase1.00%1.00%
Market Salary AdjustmentsNone1.00%

Interim Bargaining Report

Here is the latest comparison of the CSUEU and CSU bargaining proposals for Article 20, the compensation for Fiscal Year 2007:

Total Package = 4.25% (This includes the $250 annual increase in the rural health subsidy)

Comparison of CSUEU and CSU Proposals
GSI 3.688% vs. CSU's 2.707%
SSI 1% (Same proposed by both sides)
MSA None vs. 1%

GSI = "General Salary Increase", an increase every represented member would receive.
SSI = "Service Salary Increase", an increase for those beneath the "SSI Max" level
MSA = "Market Salary Adjustment", an increase to selected classifications

Stay tuned for more information. The official Bargaining Update from the bargaining team will be posted here as soon as possible.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

SB 190 Passes Assembly: Executive Compensation Packages

Senate Bill 190, the Higher Education Governance Accountability Act, has passed the Assembly. The bill requires that CSU executive compensation packages be voted upon by the Board of Trustees in open session. SB 190 also requires full disclosure and rationale for each compensation package, and requires that the Trustees allow for public comment. Compensation includes salary, benefits, perquisites, severance payments, retirement benefits, or any other form of compensation.

The author of SB 190 is Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo).

“Today’s votes send a very clear message to the UC and CSU: end the culture of secrecy,” said Yee. “SB 190 will bring much needed sunshine to executive compensation discussions, provide members of the media the democratic access they deserve, and help restore the public’s trust.”
The CSU has been less than forthright about executive compensation:
SB 190 comes after a series of audits, lawsuits and other revelations found that the UC and the CSU failed to get public approval from the Regents or Trustees for compensation packages and that some top executives were paid more than what was released to the public.

Legislature continues scrutiny of UC, CSU (California Chronicle)
Summary (Bill Analysis) of SB 190
SB 190 Documents (LegInfo)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Labor Management Committee: Work Shifts

CSUEU and CSU are forming a Labor Management Committee (LMC) regarding work shifts. As described in Side Letter 13, this LMC will "explore and review the application of various work shifts to employee’s holiday pay, release time, and other pay or leave credits."

The committee is likely to meet in Long Beach. If you are a member of Bargaining Unit 9 interested in serving, please contact Rich McGee, Unit 9 Chair, to express your interest.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Big Raises for Governer's Aides

While we head back to the bargaining table because the CSU wasn't funded for our negotiated salaries, the governor has given raises of 11% to 23% to eleven of his own staff.

Schwarzenegger awards top aids generous pay raises (San Francisco Chronicle)
Salary hikes for key staffers (Sacramento Bee)