Did you know we have nifty new Know Your Rights flyers online now? Recently-updated topics include:
- Reclassification and In-Range Progression
- A Practical Guide to In-Range Progression
- Probation Guide
Did you know we have nifty new Know Your Rights flyers online now? Recently-updated topics include:
The CSU has contracted with an Australian firm named HarvestRoad to provide parts of the California State University (CSU) Digital Marketplace. The CRN article describes the work as:
The CSU and CSUEU bargaining teams met yesterday, November 28, at Dominguez Hills over the remaining 0.25%. Our lips are sealed (team discipline, speaking with one voice, and all that), but expect an announcement soon from headquarters.
Meanwhile, you can read about how the December 14 checks will be for the 3.457% GSI's only; the SSI's take longer and can be expected in January.
The California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) and California State University (CSU) have reached a tentative agreement on wages and benefits for fiscal year 2007-08.
The CSUEU announcement [PDF]:
The CSU Employees Union, SEIU Local 2579, is pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with the CSU on wages and benefits for fiscal year 2007/08. On November 17, the Union bargaining team voted unanimously to accept the CSU’s November 8th conceptual proposal, which was substantially similar to proposals the union has been discussing with the CSU for several weeks. CSUEU and CSU will now draft final language, which will be submitted to the CSU Board of Trustees for ratification in early December. Reopener agreements are not subject to ratification by the union’s membership. Assuming there are no delays in processing the raises, employees should see their new pay rates reflected in December, and should receive retroactive checks in January.
“The bargaining team and board of directors believe this is an acceptable agreement,” said CSUEU President Pat Gantt. “We now intend to focus our energy on fighting for adequate funding for the CSU in FY 2008.”
Highlights of the Tentative Agreement between CSUEU and CSU are as follows:
Bargaining Unit Council 9 met Saturday, November 17, 2007, in Redondo Beach. Here is the report from the Chair, Rich McGee:
We're urging every employee to formally apply for an in-range progression. Not every employee will receive one, but a written record of the attempt will show the Chancellor's Office that, as CSUEU Pat Gantt told Chancellor Reed, we don't have a market equity issue. We have an issue with employees failing to move through their salary ranges.
We get a lot of questions about the implications of exempt status, and people often get different answers from different people. Unit 9 is putting together a small working group, to research exempt issues and put together a central, consistent source of information. We will publish this information on the Unit 9 site, so everyone can use it.
Outsourcing appears to be increasing. Because we're often not aware of new external contracts, Teven Laxer has suggested that each chapter have their LRR do an information request, requesting a copy of all contracts currently in place. If a contract was written for more than 180 days, then we need to look more closely at it, and file if necessary.
Just a reminder: Check the job announcements on your campus to make sure they're correctly classified and consistent with the Classification and Qualification Standards. If they aren't consistent, file a grievance.
The PERB decision about the LSS series is due soon, and we look forward to welcoming 500 new members to Unit 9.
Unit 9 Information online:
The Unit 9 web site has links to:
• Unit 9 News, an online newsletter for Unit 9. Most content turns out to be of general interest. Unit 9 News is updated frequently, and has a newsfeed and an archive. This Bargaining Unit Council report will be posted there.
• Union Resources, a one-stop source for all kinds of useful information for activists and members. If you're looking for something and we don't have it there, tell us and we will add it.
Chapter 318 (San Diego) has been busy:
This week we received confirmation of the day and time of the Bargaining Unit Council 9 meeting. As suspected, it will be this Saturday evening from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. That's after the daytime CSUEU Board of Directors meeting and before the evening dinner/reception. For the room location, please check the hotel meeting room board when you arrive, or look for an updated printed schedule at the Board of Directors meeting.
Please email Rich McGee, Unit 9 Chair, about any
- campus issues
- data points
related to the agenda items. After all, if you don't tell the Bargaining Unit Chair what's happening on your campus, or what you think is important, how will he know?
As a reminder, we have a collection of Redondo Beach area travel information for people headed to the Board of Directors meeting.
Chapter 308 (Stanislaus) has been busy, busy, busy. After claiming thinking gave him a headache, chapter president Frank Borelli gave in and told us:
Rita Long and Dawn McCulley did an IRP workshop for the academic staff in the departments. We just had a Labor Picnic on campus sponsored by CFA and CSUEU. We recently had steward training and trained 35 new stewards over two days. We are planning a quarterly meeting on December 14, 2007 for the membership.
We approached the President and his cabinet recently about staff workload issues. All VP's met with their areas and are assessing staff workloads and asking for ideas for process improvement from staff. Staff are also involved with process reengineering of their work. We have also asked to have managers communicate better and help set work priorities. The President had us meet with the MPP's and give a presentation on staff workload. We in the labor business are really proud of how well we are working with management. That sounds weird but it is true. Sure we all know that things could change quickly but really welcome the current relationship. We are all appreciative of our new President and how he has set the stage for cooperation between labor and management. We will see where this project goes.......
Sacramento State campus president Alexander Gonzales feels unappreciated, according to a recent article in the Sacramento Bee:
His bosses at California State University system headquarters love him. His own faculty, not so much.Turning his back on the "California State University, Sacramento" name, the disappearance of the trademark campus chickens, a $265,000 president's office remodel while older classrooms, labs, and offices decay, $27,000 to remodel his kitchen, a questionable $233,000 loan, a no-confidence vote from faculty, one of the lowest five-year graduation rates in the system, missed enrollment targets... all rewarded by the CSU:
Last summer, CSU trustees rewarded Gonzalez with an 11 percent raise, bringing his compensation to $295,000 in annual salary and another $72,000 in housing and car stipends.The $233,000 loan mentioned was from the campus foundation, and was given to Gonzalez when he moved from the San Marcos campus to Sacramento in 2003. University Enterprises, the campus foundation at Sacramento State, has rebuffed the Sacramento Bee's efforts to get a closer look at its activities, on the grounds that University Enterprises is not part of the university. The paper's editorial page editor, in a separate opinion piece, thought that failed the straight-face test:
Last week, a state audit questioned perks given to Gonzalez to help cover his move to Sacramento, including $27,000 to remodel his kitchen and a short-term home loan for $233,000 at 1.697 percent interest.
It's obvious that University Enterprises wouldn't exist without Sac State. Sac State is a creation of the people of California. So it seems reasonable to think that the people of California have an intrinsic interest in how this foundation spends its money – money it got solely because of its affiliation with a public university – in support of the university the public created.This is the the taxpayer-funded public university system that the Governor feels should not have too much oversight because mandating public disclosure would be "micromanaging."
If state law doesn't enable the public – not just journalists but students, faculty and interested citizens – to find that out, then the Legislature needs to change the law.
Hosted by chapter president Mary Granger, and featuring Unit 9 Chair Rich McGee, Chapter 314 (Dominguez Hills) is presenting two one-hour workshops today on getting an In-Range Progression (IRP). Rich McGee will discuss the different ways to get compensation increases, and then focus on the IRP process at Dominguez Hills.
The workshops are open to members of all represented bargaining units and will be held in Small Classroom 102, at noon and one.
The Dominguez Hills chapter has also published a slew of interesting documents on its chapter web site, including the "$100k Club" list, a list of MPP's making more than $100,000 per year, and a selection of short documents for employees on topics such as "Performance evaluations," "What's in your personnel file?" and "Surviving the workplace."
The San Diego Union-Tribune published an editorial headlined "Clueless trustees," blasting the California State University Board of Trustees' oblivious response to the recent state audit of CSU executive compensation practices. In response to Trustee Achtenberg and Chancellor Reed crowing over the audit finding "no violations of policy or law" the editorial says:
Gracious. No policy violations occurred because the pay policies are too vague and elastic to violate. Set by the CSU Board of Trustees, those policies are the problem.
CSU administration has been as devious as beneficent. In pursuing raises to meet the salaries of their peers elsewhere, executives deliberately counted only their salaries, not their hefty perks and benefits.The editorial takes the trustees to task for not bothering to do their jobs:
Yet the board [Achtenberg] chairs, the overseer of CSU's budget, apparently has preferred the “don't ask, don't tell” approach to benefits and perks, which add so much to total executive compensation. With student fees doubling, such credulousness is, well, incredible. Trustees should not forget they are entrusted to spend public money to provide students a good education.Clueless trustees: Time to close down CSU's get-rich factory (San Diego Union-Tribune)
The California State University Board of Trustees met yesterday in the form of various committees, including the Committee on Collective Bargaining and the Committee on Finance.
California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) speakers addressing the Committee on Collective Bargaining were:
Leeanne Bowes, Vice President of Chapter 304 (Sonoma), reports on her chapter's plans for Tuesday:
What's your chapter doing? Email us and we'll post it here!
Chapter 304 will have a table set up on Tuesday, November 13th to show our support. Our new LRR will be there, we will also hand out info on a letter writing, phone calling campaign to the CO's office. At the same time we will also be recruiting new members as many fee payers believe they are members. We will be handing out contracts, new employee packets, RRR buttons, and a flyer with info on how to contact the Chancellor with an example of a letter they can send.
Some members of Chapter 304 have formed a Staff Action Coalition. They are the ones who should get credit for this table. Members of the Board will also be taking times at the table on Tuesday.
This email was sent out Friday by Philip Coonley:
CSUEU Board of Directors, Chief Stewards and Staff:
After consulting with impacted staff and Chapter Presidents, as well as Pat Gantt, CSUEU president and Dennis Dillon, CSUEU Vice President of Representation, I am making additional staffing changes, effective November 12.
Staff will work together and with chapter leadership to ensure a smooth transition; I expect all representation issues, organizing plans and meeting commitments to be met during this transition.
With that, here are the assignments (those not listed remain unchanged):
Gil Rojo - San Luis Obispo and Long Beach
Brenda Brown - Pomona, Northridge and Channel Islands
Hubert Lloyd - Chancellor's Office, Dominguez Hills and Los Angeles.
I want to thank all of you for your input and cooperation. If any of you have questions or comments, please feel free to call or e-mail me.
Phillip S. O. Coonley, Chief of Staff
California State University Employees Union (CSUEU)
CSUEU will be holding a rally at the Chancellor's Office next Tuesday, November 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., during the Board of Trustees meeting. If you can take vacation or other time off work to join in the rally, CSUEU will provide lunch. The rally link above has directions, RSVP instructions, and parking information.
While the CSU executives enjoy their fat raises, we are still at impasse. We must continue to send the CSU the message that it's time to pay staff fairly.
According to news reports and a federal indictment, a Fresno State student assistant who worked at the IT help desk obtained his supervisor's password and used it to access a file containing the PeopleSoft usernames and passwords for university employees, including the registrar, extension academic program registrar, and the academic records coordinator. He then used the account information to change his own grades and those of a friend. A federal grand jury has returned indictments against the pair with charges including conspiracy, honest services wire fraud, unauthorized access of computer and identity theft.
The incidents happened in 2004, and were discovered during an audit intended to check the PeopleSoft data conversion process. The campus apparently still does not know whether personal information belonging to anyone else was accessed.
Two Charged with Hacking PeopleSoft to Fix Grades (PC World)
Grand jury indicts 2 ex-CSUF students (Fresno Bee)
Federal charges for cheating, hacking at Fresno State (KSEE 24 News)
Hack database, change school grades, go to jail for 20 years (The Register)
University grade hackers face twenty year sentence (Tech Blorge)
The CSU Board of Trustees meets Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, November 13 and 14. The complete meeting schedule and agendas are available on the Board of Trustees web page.
Tidbits from the agendas and schedule:
The Bureau of State Audits has released its report number on compensation in the CSU, titled California State University: It Needs to Strengthen Its Oversight and Establish Stricter Policies for Compensating Current and Former Employees. The audit examines compensation policy and practice at the CSU for the period from July 1, 2002, through June 30, 2007. Even in the mild language of an auditor's report, the findings are not flattering for the CSU or the Board of Trustees.
Among the audit findings: