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%

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