Thursday, March 27, 2008

San Jose President Selection Committee Meets April 10-11

The Trustees' selection committee will hold a closed meeting in April. Here is the text of the announcement:

DATE: March 27, 2008

TO: Trustees’ Selection Committee for President of San José State University:
Ms. Roberta Achtenberg, Chair, Board of Trustees, ex-officio
Dr. Kenneth Fong, Member, Board of Trustees
Dr. Glen O. Toney, Member, Board of Trustees
Dr. Charles B. Reed, Chancellor, ex-officio

Advisory Committee:
Dr. Ruben Armiñana, President, Sonoma State University
Ms. Nancy Day, CMS Project Sr. Software Analyst, SJSU
Mr. Les Francis, Community Member
Mr. Benjamin Henderson, President/CEO, Associated Students SJSU
Dr. Judith Lessow-Hurley, Chair, Academic Senate SJSU
Mr. Donald Lucas, Chair, Tower Foundation Board SJSU
Mr. Fredrick Najjar, Vice President, University Advancement, SJSU
Professor Annette Nellen, Professor of Accounting and Finance, SJSU
Dr. Kenneth Peter, Professor of Political Science, SJSU
Ms. Patricia Smith, President, SJSU Alumni Board

FROM: William Hauck, Chair
Trustees’ Selection Committee for President of San José State University

SUBJECT: Notice of Meeting – Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11, 2008

The Trustees’ Selection Committee for President of San José State University will meet in closed session on Thursday, April 10, 2008, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Friday, April 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Board Room of the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport, located at 6101 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045.

The committee will meet the entire time in closed session, pursuant to Government Code Section 11126[a] (appointment, employment of a public employee), to consider candidate qualifications and determine which candidates to advance to the next level of consideration.

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Join the Fight for the CSU Budget

CSUEU headquarters sent this message out this morning:

Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2008 10:55 AM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Join the Fight for the CSU Budget!

To: CSUEU Activists and Staff:

The Alliance for the CSU is growing. Join your campus CFA activists to continue the mounting pressure on the Governor and the Legislature! The outpouring of support at past events has drawn media attention. Here is an example of the coverage: http://www.presstelegram.com/ci_8710803

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

March 24: Humboldt State, Budget Fight Back Meeting, 12-1 pm, University Center's Kate Buchanan Room

March 25: CSU Fullerton, Budget Fight Back Meeting, 11am-12:30 pm, Titan Student Union

March 26: CSU Long Beach, Budget Fight Back Meeting, Noon, Speakers' Platform (next to Student Union)

March 27: CSU Channel Islands, Budget Fight Back Meeting, 12-12:50 pm, Petit Salon

April 2: Cal State Los Angeles, Budget Fight Back Meeting, 12-2 pm, location to be announced

April 2: San Jose State, Budget Fight Back Meeting, 12-1 pm, Student Union Ballroom

April 3: CSU Bakersfield, Budget Fight Back Meeting, time and location to be announced

April 8: Cal Poly Pomona, Budget Fight Back Meeting, 12-1 pm, Student Speech Area ("The Pancake")

April 8, CSU Chico, Budget Fight Back Meeting, 10:30 am, Selvester's (on campus)

April 21, CSSA Lobby Day and Rally-March at the State Capitol about the CSU Budget Monday-Tuesday

April 28, 2008 CSU Lobby Day

April 28-29, 2008 CFA Lobby Days Monday


Phillip Coonley, Chief of Staff
California State University Employees Union (CSUEU)

Warning: Expect the personal information you provide on the Alliance sign-up form to be provided to the CSU administration. The Alliance does not allow you to opt out of this information release. At this time, the Alliance does not post a privacy policy on their web site, or otherwise disclose how they will use your information.

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Court Finds Trustees Closed Session On Munitz Was Lawful

The California Court of Appeals has ruled against the California Faculty Association (CFA) in its lawsuit alleging the Trustees of the California State University broke California open meeting law by meeting in closed session to discuss Barry Munitz's return to the CSU.

Barry Munitz was appointed Chancellor of the CSU in 1991 and resigned effective January 1998. Under the terms of his original appointment, Munitz had the right to a "trustee professorship" when he resigned as Chancellor. After leaving the CSU, Munitz became president of the nonprofit J. Paul Getty Trust (a.k.a. "the Getty"). Munitz spent Getty funds on lavish travel for himself and his wife while overseeing staff cutbacks. There were allegations of misspent funds and favoritism. When he resigned from the Getty, Munitz agreed to give up a $2 million severence package and repay $250,000. While at the Getty Munitz requested, and the CSU approved, yearly unpaid leaves of absence every April through 2005.

When Munitz decided to return to the CSU, Reed discussed the matter with the Board of Trustees in closed session. According to the court decision, Reed admitted the closed session was prompted by the public relations aspects of Munitz's return. Reed said Munitz had a vested right to return to CSU, and that the University had no choice but to take him back. Munitz was brought back at a salary of $163,776 for the first year, and $112,548 per year after that, for teaching one class at CSU LA. CFA's Munitz Report states the average salary then for CSU LA full professors with 25 years' experience was $88,740.

The Court of Appeals said:

The evidence showed that Reed knew Munitz was returning under a cloud and wanted to explain to the board why Munitz had a vested right to return and respond candidly to any questions the board members might have about the situation. According to Reed, both he and the trustees spoke during the closed sessions, and a candid discussion about the circumstances of Munitz’s return did take place.
The Court speculates on the content of the closed session (which it declined to examine):
It could well include questions about any past allegations of wrongdoing while Munitz served as chancellor, as well as a frank and candid assessment of Munitz’s character and personality in general. All of these would likely rely on personal or hearsay recollections of rumor, innuendo, or speculation. Given the nature of the Getty allegations, the board might well have discussed whether Munitz should be placed in a position that gave him access to or authority over CSU funds, as well as the need to monitor Munitz’s activities after his return.
From Ronnie Grant, CSUEU Vice President for Organizing:
This is a published decision, meaning it sets precedent for future interpretation of the personnel exemption to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. The opinion becomes final in 30 days.

Next steps: Travis may request a rehearing from the Appeals Court or petition the California Supreme Court for review, or any "interested person" may petition the California Supreme Court to "depublish" (remove the precedent status from) the decision. These three options have various filing time limits from 10-30 days.

The case is Travis v. Board of Trustees of the California State University et al, California Court of Appeals, 2nd district, case no. B196907, 2008 Cal. App. LEXIS 411.

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Long Beach Budget Rally

Long Beach held the biggest campus budget rally to date yesterday, with 2,000 people in attendance. Long Beach City Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal urged the audience to speak up for the CSU:

"We need to get our elected representatives to understand that forfeiting our prospects for a happy tomorrow in order to balance the budget today is short-sighted at best and self-destructive at worst," Lowenthal said.
Update:
Chapter Unit 9 Representative Matthew Black reports the Alliance for the CSU collected 1300 sign-up cards at the event.

Chapter Unit 7 Representative Leanne Hayes says It was refreshing to see so many students eager to get involved... We had tables set up for people to send e-mail messages to their legislators on laptops – and other tables for writing letters. The Alliance provided free pizza and snacks for all.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Fullerton Budget Rally

Fullerton had a standing-room-only turnout of about 700 people at yesterday's budget rally. One speaker likened the proposed cuts to a guillotine:

"Picture it – 1,200 fewer classes next year," Cal State Fullerton Professor Jack Bedell, chair of the anthropology department, told the crowd, referring to a hypothetical scenario in which the $18.1 million budget shortfall is balanced by only cutting classes for the university's 37,000 students.

"If nothing focuses our attention like a guillotine, this should. … Think about it. We need you to get your degree."

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What the Alliance Needs You to Do

The Alliance for the CSU is focusing on signing up as many people as possible, to be ready for a big push in April. From the California Faculty Association (CFA) Headlines this week:

WHAT THE ALLIANCE NEEDS YOU TO DO

It's important to understand the steps in the state budget process and precisely how you can act most effectively to promote the Alliance cause and build public support for our position that "the CSU is the solution."

The governor has issued an initial budget proposal. It is only that—both preliminary and a proposal. The next step will be some time in early May, when the governor evaluates the latest tax receipts and releases what is known as the "revise." We are mobilizing, first, to persuade the governor that he should restore CSU funding in the revise.

That means that our priority right now is building the Alliance network by signing up Californians from all walks of life, from every region of the state, by the hundreds of thousands. We need the most muscular database we can amass of people who, in three weeks or so, will receive action alerts, on short notice, to make phone calls, send faxes and emails, and speak with one voice at the moment of peak importance.
[Warning: The Alliance for the CSU may share your information with the CSU administration, with or without your permission. There is no way to opt out of this. At this writing, the Alliance does not publish a privacy policy on their web site, or disclose on the signup form what they plan to do with your information.]

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Humboldt Budget Rally

Humboldt State University had an overflow crowd for yesterday's budget rally. From the Eureka Reporter:

Approximately 500 faculty, staff, students and community members packed the Kate Buchanan Room at Humboldt State University Monday to rally against state plans to enact a budget that could leave the Arcata campus with a $7.3 million deficit.

They filled the seats, sat on the floor, stood five rows deep in the back of the room and spilled into the hallway to hear a series of speakers implore them to take the budget crisis in Sacramento personally and to take direct action by contacting the governor and state lawmakers.

The same article quoted a legislative staffer as saying local residents had protested park cuts more than CSU cuts:

Connie Stewart, field representative for Assemblymember Patty Berg, D-1st District, emphasized the need for action in support of the CSU.

A month ago, she said, Berg’s office had received one letter about education and the budget.

"But we got 112 to say, 'Please don’t cut state parks.' Nobody’s looking holistically at what’s happening to the state of California."

She said that as of today, residents of a district that covers a third of the state’s coast sent in 33 letters about possible education cuts and 333 about the proposed $12 million cut to state parks.

Chapter President Jerry Saner made the Eureka Times-Standard report:

Jerry Saner, President of Chapter 301 of the California State University Employee Union tried to emulate the spirit of Woodstock by leading the crowd in a chant of "Don't cut the CSU." Saner told the crowd that the governor has mentioned layoffs, which he called unacceptable.

"I can't see any 'acceptable loses,'" Saner said quoting the governor. "I can't accept any losses. One person gone is one person too many."


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Monday, March 24, 2008

Budget: Editorials, Alliance

The San Bernardino County Sun called the governor "pound foolish" for his proposed cuts to the CSU and said "When you consider that the system has been the biggest supplier of educated workers to the state's economy, this plan - under any circumstance - is bad business."

Chico's campus president Paul Zingg emphasizes the long-term effects of CSU budget cuts in a piece published in the Chico News and Review, saying, "With students of color representing two-thirds of the K-12 enrollments in this state, this is not the time to close the doors to higher education and ignore the reality of the changing face of the California workforce. To do so would effect a tidal wave of personal tragedies that would have dire economic and social consequences."

The California Faculty Association (CFA) says the Alliance for the CSU is signing up oodles of people to support the CSU:

At large meetings of more than 1000 at each of San Francisco State, Sacramento State, and San Diego State last week, the new coalition effort, the Alliance for the CSU rapidly signed up people to carry the message beyond the campuses that "The CSU is the Solution" to a troubled economy.
[Warning: The Alliance for the CSU may share your information with the CSU administration, even if you don't check the box authorizing them to use your name publicly. There is no way to opt out of this. At this writing, the Alliance does not publish a privacy policy on their web site, or disclose on the signup form what they plan to do with your information.]

CFA's press release lists these campus budget rallies scheduled for this week and next:
  • Mon, March 24, Humboldt State, Budget Fight Back Meeting, 12-1 pm, University Center's Kate Buchanan Room
  • Tues, March 25, CSU Fullerton, Budget Fight Back Meeting, 11am-12:30 pm, Titan Student Union
  • Wed, March 26, CSU Long Beach, Budget Fight Back Meeting, Noon, Speakers' Platform (next to Student Union)
  • Thu, March 27, CSU Channel Islands, Budget Fight Back Meeting, 12-12:50 pm, Petit Salon
  • Wed, April 2, Cal State Los Angeles, Budget Fight Back Meeting, 12-2 pm, Golden Eagle Ballroom
  • Wed, April 2, San Jose State, Budget Fight Back Meeting, 12-1 pm, Student Union Ballroom
  • April 3, CSU Bakersfield, Budget Fight Back Meeting, 10:30-11:30 am, Icardo Center (gym)
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Friday, March 21, 2008

Sonoma and San Diego Budget Rallies

Sonoma and San Diego had their campus budget rallies yesterday.

Over 900 people turned out at San Diego. The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted the local CFA president:

"Morale is crumbling. Many people are incredibly nervous, especially those that don't know if they'll have a job to come back to in the fall," Kennedy said.

Kennedy was unsure what should be cut in place of higher education, but she said reducing funding to CSU will cost the economy more in the long run.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Stanislaus Budget Rally

Stanislaus State had their budget rally yesterday, overflowing the conference room with an audience estimated at 300 by the Modesto Bee.

CSUEU Chapter President Frank Borelli made the Bee's article:

It was Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposed $312.9 million cut to the California State University system's budget that united students, faculty and staff in protest at the CSU Stanislaus campus Wednesday. It was a monumental moment for the group, which has never united like this before, said staff union President Frank Borrelli.

[...]

If enacted, the proposed cuts could leave a $2.4 million hole in Stanislaus State's 2008-09 budget.

"That's a best-case scenario," Borrelli said.

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Text of IRP Side Letter Available

The text of January's In-Range Progression Side Letter is now available for your searching, indexing, copying and pasting, and screen reading convenience:
In-Range Progression Side Letter between CSU and CSUEU, January 22, 2008

This was converted from the image PDF distributed earlier by the CSU and CSUEU.

Alliance for the CSU

CSU staff, faculty, students, administrators, and community supporters have formed the Alliance for the CSU. The Alliance aims to get the message out that the CSU is part of the solution to the state's budget woes and that cutting off the road to economic success hurts, rather than helps, the state budget.

You may have seen Alliance buttons and literature at your campus budget rallies and union meetings. The web site has an 8-page collection of regional fact sheets, detailing the contributions of CSU campuses in several regions statewide (San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles area, Central Valley South, and Central Valley North) and the effects of the proposed budget cuts. If your campus is on one of these, the 2-page fact sheet for your region would be ideal for a literature table at graduation or other campus or community events. There's also a printable Alliance window sign, suitable for display at work or in your community (numbers 2 and 7 on the "10 things you can do now" list).

You can sign up online to help the Alliance, or turn in a card at one of the campus budget events. The phone number fields on the web form are optional.

Warning: If you fill out the web form or a card, the Alliance may share your information with the CSU administration. There is no way to opt out of this. The Alliance will not share your information with any additional organizations, including budget advocacy groups, marketers, or unions.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Diehr: CalPERS Board VP, Investment Committee Chair

George Diehr of CSU San Marcos has been elected Chair of the Investment Committee of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS). He has also been elected Vice Chair of the Policy Subcommittee of the Investment Committee, and the Health Benefits Committee. He is a member of the Benefits and Program Administration Committee (BPAC). Last month he was elected Vice President of the CalPERS Board of Administration.

From the press release: "Diehr was elected to the Board in 2003 by State employees, including employees of the California State University system. He is a professor of management science in the College of Business Administration at California State University, San Marcos."

The CalPERS web site says the Investment Committee"reviews investment transactions, the investment performance of both internal and external managers, and establishes investment policy and strategy." The Policy Subcommittee of the Investment Committee "conducts an inventory of all existing investment policies, procedures, and guidelines for review by the Investment Committee and recommends revisions to these on a priority basis. It is also charged with developing a manual of policies, procedures, and guidelines, and a process for periodic revisions."

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Board of Directors Results from Chapter 312

Chapter 312 (Northridge) President Claudia Garcia has scanned, OCR'd*, and formatted into Word documents a number of the committee reports and other handouts from last weekend's CSUEU Board of Directors meeting. She's sprinkled her site with photos taken by Natalia Bremer from Chapter 305 (San Francisco). If you couldn't make the meeting last weekend, this is almost as good as being there (or at least more efficient):
CSUEU Board of Directors Meeting March 14-16, 2008

*OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. OCR software takes an image of a document and "reads" it to convert it into text. The text can then be used to create a Word document, as Claudia did here, or a web page, as we usually do. The conversion process usually looks something like this:

  1. Print out document (if you received it as an image PDF instead of hard copy)
  2. Scan document
  3. Run scanned image through OCR software
  4. Import OCR results into the editing tool of your choice (Word, etc.)
  5. Proofread for errors in the OCR process (OCR software has improved in the last 10 years, but a human still needs to check the result)
  6. Edit the document for formatting (add things like bold and italics in Word, or do XHTML and style sheet markup for a web page)
Claudia has done a lot of work in making these documents available to members. Go, Claudia!

CFA on Recent Budget Rallies

From the California Faculty Association (CFA) weekly newsletter:

The movement to oppose the governor’s proposed $386 million budget cut to the California State University system continues to gain momentum going into six All-Campus Budget Fight Back Meetings scheduled for this week.

Last week saw a huge turnout of students, faculty, staff and administrators to meetings held on the San Marcos, East Bay, Monterey Bay, Northridge, San Bernardino and Fresno campuses.

At San Bernardino, San Francisco and Sacramento, more than 1,200 people participated in each meeting as halls were jammed and crowds were forced to utilize overflow rooms and simulcasts to view the meetings.

A monitoring report of broadcast news coverage reveals that television coverage alone – which did not include radio, internet or newspaper coverage – of last week’s meetings reached more than a million homes throughout the state.

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Bargaining 101 (updated)

Teven Laxer, Senior Labor Relations Representative at headquarters, wrote up a nice readable explanation of how bargaining works. A few days ago we posted the scanned image we had of the document, and now we have a text version:

Bargaining 101

We have upcoming 3 bargaining sessions. Dates, topics, and bargaining teams are:

  1. April 25: LMC – payroll changes – Sacramento (place to be determined)
    • Dennis Dillon
    • John Burdett
    • Susan Kirby
    • Rocky Waters
  2. May 6-May 7: LSS classification implementation – Chancellor's Office, Long Beach
    • Pat Gantt
    • Dennis Dillon
    • Annel Martin
    • Jennifer O'Neal-Watts
    • Rich McGee
    • Rocky Waters
    • Joe Corica
    • Joan Kennedy
    • Christine Thomas
  3. May 8: Reopener Bargaining – Chancellor's Office, Long Beach
    • Pat Gantt
    • Dennis Dillon
    • Annel Martin
    • Jennifer O'Neal-Watts
    • Rich McGee
    • Rocky Waters
    • Pam Robertson
    • Lynn Barba
    • Sharon Cunningham
    • Donna Dodrill
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Sacramento, San Francisco Budget Rallies

Sacramento:
Sacramento State held their budget rally yesterday. From the Sacramento Bee coverage:

President Alexander Gonzalez told an audience of 350 at California State University, Sacramento, that the proposed cuts would hurt students and the local economy.

"It is about access, it is about affordability, it is about the future of the state," he said.
Our own CSUEU President Pat Gantt is quoted in the Sac State report of the event:
California State University Employees Union President Pat Gantt added that cuts to the CSU budget will harm all Californians. "CSU is part of the American dream because without a prepared workforce, California cannot move forward," he said.
San Francisco:
San Francisco State had their budget rally Monday. CSUEU Chapter 305 President Russell Kilday-Hicks was interviewed by local radio station KPFA; the report aired at least twice. From the student paper Golden Gate Xpress:
Over 700 SF State faculty and staff members sat alongside students Monday afternoon in McKenna Theatre to listen as faculty union representatives, state Sen. Leland Yee, Associated Student President Claudia Mercado and SF State President Robert A. Corrigan addressed the proposed budget cuts that the California State University faces.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

IT Outsourcing 50% More Expensive Than In-House

A state report says outsourcing Information Technology projects is 50% more expensive than doing it in-house.

This is from a 2006 report on civil service IT hiring practices by the California Research Bureau:

"Outsourcing creates considerable additional expense. Departmental estimates vary, but most calculate that outside contractors cost 50 percent more than doing the work in- house. This figure does not include the overhead involved with hiring contract employees working on-site. The average rate per hour for an IT contract worker is approximately $65, while special-skills contractors can demand $150 to $200 or more per hour. The comparable rate for a state IT employee ranges from $34 to $43 an hour including benefits.
[....]
Contracting out can require state agencies to rely on contractors over the long term for systems maintenance if knowledge transfer is not provided for in the contract, and this contributes to inflated costs on future projects."
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Monday, March 17, 2008

Committee Staff Reassignments

Phillip Coonley, CSUEU Chief of Staff, announced some staff reassignments this afternoon:

To CSUEU Board of Directors and Committees:

I am announcing a few changes to the staffing of committees. There are a variety of reasons for the changes, mostly having to do with "fit" and workload. All of the staff and committee chairs impacted have been contacted about these changes. I wanted to make sure the rest of you were apprised:
  • Organizing Committee: Brenda Brown and Michael Hejazi (formerly Brenda Brown and Gil Rojo)
  • Representation Committee: Hubert Lloyd* and Gil Rojo** (formerly Jorge Salinas)
  • Communications Committee: Com Spec. to be announced (formerly Michael Hejazi)
  • Committee for the Future***: Phillip Coonley (formerly Jerrie McIntyre)
None of the other assignments are changing. The committee chairs and I are very excited about these changes and we are all looking forward to facing - and conquering- the challenges before us.

*Hubert's assignment is temporary pending the appointment of a new SLRR to replace Jorge Salinas.
**Gil Rojo's assignment was to help with the huge undertaking of developing the advanced steward training module.
*** Lori please share this with the rest of the committee, as there is not currently an e-mail list for them.


Phillip Coonley, Chief of Staff
California State University Employees Union (CSUEU)
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SEIU Political Donations: 96% Democrat, 4% Republican

The Center for Responsive Politics publishes information on political spending gathered from reports filed with government agencies. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is on their list of top 10 donor organizations. Other organizations on the Top 10 list are private companies, industry groups, and labor unions.

From their summary of SEIU contributions to political parties and federal candidates during the election years from 1996–2008:

Election CycleTotal ContributionsDemsRepubs% to Dems% to Repubs
2008$721,050$706,800$19,25098%3%
2006$1,685,881$1,546,833$108,30092%6%
2004$2,299,412$2,002,662$291,75087%13%
2002$6,859,346$6,608,724$223,12296%3%
2000$6,380,110$6,150,835$212,65096%3%
1998$2,825,385$2,739,260$74,12597%3%
1996$1,707,552$1,702,802$3,750100%0%
1994$1,434,030$1,412,030$19,00099%1%
1992$1,080,356$1,058,724$8,75098%1%
1990$407,071$396,721$8,35098%2%
TOTAL$25,400,193$24,325,391$969,04796%4%

CSUEU is SEIU Local 2579; CSUEU members are also SEIU members.

SEIU Donations Summary (OpenSecrets.org - Center for Responsive Politics)

CSU Budget Presentation

Ronnie Grant, CSUEU Vice President for Organizing, offers this for your edification:

Please enjoy and share the attached PDF of the budget presentation made to the CSU Board of Trustees at their March meeting. These slides were also used by CSUEU President Pat Gantt in his budget campaign presentation at the CSUEU Board of Directors. It provides an excellent overview of the challenges facing the CSU and the message to the legislature from the CSU, students, and CSU labor unions.
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What? You want more budget stuff? Okay, here, gnaw on these from the CSU:

State Worker Pay Database Updates

Last week Local 1000 held their protest in front of the Sacramento Bee's offices. From the Local 1000 report on the event:

"It directly effects the safety of some of our members," said Albert Troyer, a lithographic plate maker from the State Office of Publishing. "Some people have restraining orders and others have been hiding out from their ex's for years—to put this type of database on the web effects their safety and the public safety."

[...]

Susan, a CalTrans manager, says she doesn’t remember signing away her privacy when she became a state worker.

"I was sickened when I saw what was on there," she said. "I felt like I can be tracked down by people I worked with and I feel like I’m vulnerable."
The Bee remains cavalier about the danger to workers who had been successfully hiding for their own safety:
Local 1000 president Jim Hard, CSEA President Dave Hart and a contingent of Local 1000 members met with the Bee’s editorial staff during the demonstration. Following the meeting, Hard told demonstrators that the Bee was not receptive to removing names, even when a state workers’ safety is an issue.
This disregard for the safety of private citizens apparently isn't new; the Bee's Sunshine Week editorial implies the Bee publishes crime victim's home addresses even over victims' objections:

But objections to public records often have rested on privacy worries. This goes back to homeowners who didn't want the addresses of burglaries published in the newspaper.

The addresses remain public, as they should, and as state salaries and names must.

The same Sunshine Week piece unconvincingly states the Bee "didn't anticipate the level to which rank-and-file workers would feel targeted or attacked" and "regret[s] that effect."

The Bee has added the ability to search the database by campus and/or classification, without a last name. The classification search seems to match on partial classification names; for example you can do a search for all employees on your campus with the word "administrator" in their classification.

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Library Services Specialist Frequently Asked Questions

This weekend, the Library Services Specialist (LSS) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list was finalized by the LSS bargaining team. The FAQ describes how classification changes are made, the bargaining process, the history of the LSS classification, and explains what to expect next.

It will be on the main CSUEU web site at some point. Until then, you can take a look at our copy:
LSS FAQ List

Some highlights from the LSS FAQ:

20. What is the next step?

The next step is for CSUEU and CSU to negotiate over the impact of the placement of the LSS classification in BU 9. The CSU has sent the union an initial proposal which is described below. CSUEU's bargaining team will be meeting soon to discuss the CSU's proposal and develop our response. Our bargaining team will include several Library Assistants: Joan Kennedy (SLO), BU 7 Vice-Chair Jennifer O'Neal-Watts (Sacramento), Joseph Corica (East Bay) and Christine Thomas (Pomona), as well as CSUEU Deputy Director for Bargaining Dennis Dillon (Northridge), BU 9 Chair Rich McGee (San Bernardino), BU 9 Vice Chair Rocky Waters (Humboldt), BU 7 Chair Annel Martin (San Bernardino) and Chief Negotiator Teven Laxer (CSUEU staff). While it would be inappropriate to discuss our bargaining position before we formally respond to the CSU, our members deserve more than the status quo for this significant transition from BU 7 to BU 9.

26. Exactly what, if anything, will this new series do for us?

The new series better describes what most of our jobs reflect – increased technological skill levels. Although the LSS classification series was drafted several years ago, the classifications continue to become increasingly technologically oriented.

27. How will this affect our salary? Will there be a salary adjustment?
  • As we stated above, the CSUEU bargaining team will negotiate with the CSU over the impact of the new series. One of the issues to be negotiated is the salary ranges for the new LSS series, and the placement of incumbent Library Assistants within those salary ranges.
  • The union's bargaining team will include Library Assistant representatives who have been involved with the development of this series for many years.
  • We are hopeful that salary adjustments will be negotiated to benefit ALL employees in this new classification.
28. Is there any chance of having the salary schedule reviewed for this new classification?

Yes. Salary ranges for the LSS classification are within the scope of bargaining. When we were negotiating the classification standards in 2003, HR personnel told us that the existing spread of 50% in the LA classifications needed to be expanded. This does not necessarily translate to an increase in our base pay, but it means that we would have more potential for movement within the salary ranges.

30. What will we gain by being placed into Unit 9?
  • Unit 9 better reflects the changes in our job duties as LAs. The work performed by classifications in Unit 9 typically requires specialized training and involves paraprofessional, professional and/or a higher level of technical work.
  • Since the specific work done by LAs requires higher levels of technical skills to do the work, our new classification does fit better in Unit 9.
  • LSS incumbents in skill levels 2, 3 and 4 perform complex technical tasks in specific functional areas.
  • LSSs will continue to be represented by CSUEU.
31. When we move to BU 9, will I still be eligible for overtime compensation?

Yes. The LSS classification standards do not mention FLSA exempt status, nor does the CSU's initial bargaining proposal.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Bargaining 101

Teven Laxer, Senior Labor Relations Representative at headquarters in Sacramento, has written a 2-page overview of bargaining, which was distributed at the CSUEU Board of Directors meeting this morning. We have a scanned image of the document, which we link to below. We expect to have a text version available on Monday.

Bargaining 101 [Image PDF]

Classification Bargaining 101

Bargaining of any type can be puzzling. Teven Laxer, Senior Labor Relations Representative at headquarters in Sacramento, has written an excellent explanation of how classifications are created and changed, and how the bargaining works:
Classification Bargaining 101

This document was distributed today at the CSUEU Board of Directors meeting.

Board of Directors Saturday Update

Some tidbits from today's CSUEU Board of Directors meeting in Sacramento:

  • Jorge Salinas, Senior Labor Relations Representative at headquarters, is leaving us effective April 4. He will become Chico's Director of Labor Relations on April 7.
  • If your home and mailing addresses are different, please note that fact on your expense claims. If your mailing address is in City A, and your mileage to an event is from City B, that's confusing if there's no explanation.
  • Russell Kilday-Hicks, President of Chapter 305 (San Francisco), reminded attendees of several CSU group's lobby days coming up: April 21 for the students, April 28 for the CSU administration, and April 29-30 for California Faculty Association (CFA). Russell has been invited to join his campus's CSU delegation to Sacramento on April 28 and recommends that other chapters contact their campus administration to see about similar opportunities.
  • The Finance Committee recommends CSUEU consider forming our own political action fund. CSUEU members contribute $80,000 a year to the CSEA Member Action Committee (C-MAC).

Friday, March 14, 2008

March 13 Campus Budget Meetings

Six CSU campuses held their campus budget meetings/rallies yesterday: Sacramento, East Bay, Monterey Bay, Fresno, Northridge, and San Bernardino. News coverage and campus press releases are linked below.

San Bernardino:

Fresno:
Sacramento:
Northridge:
East Bay:
The amount of media coverage seems to have varied wildly. If you've seen local coverage we don't list here, or if you have a chapter report, please send it to us and we'll be happy to add it.

Trustees Meeting Recap

At the CSU Board of Trustees meeting earlier this week, Richard West, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, gave a presentation about the 2008-09 CSU Budget. The list of effects of the proposed CSU budget cuts include "Likely reductions in workforce through non-rehiring of part time employees of all types." Note that under the terms of our contract, not rehiring temporary employees is not a layoff.

Some tidbits from the resolutions passed by the Trustees:

  • the 2007/2008 non-state funded capital outlay program is amended to include:
    1) $15,486,000 for preliminary plans, working drawings, and construction for theCalifornia State University, Fresno, University High School project and;
    2) $1,280,000 for preliminary plans, working drawings, and construction for theCalifornia State University, Sacramento, Electronic Message Board project.
  • The schematic plans for the California State University, Fresno, University High School are approved at a project cost of $15,486,000 at CCCI 4890.
  • The schematic plans for the Humboldt State University, Housing Replacement and Addition, Phase 1, are approved at a project cost of $44,766,000 at CCCI 4890.
  • The schematic plans for the California State University, Long Beach, Student Recreation and Wellness Center are approved at a project cost of $66,243,000 at CCCI 4890.
  • The schematic plans for the San Diego State University, Storm/Nasatir Halls Renovation are approved at a project cost of $58,197,000 at CCCI 4890.
  • the Policy and Procedure for the Appointment of Vice Chancellors and the General Counsel is adopted as presented in Agenda Item 1 of the March 11- 12, 2008 meeting of the Committee on University and Faculty Personnel.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

San Marcos Budget Meeting: CFA Report

The California Faculty Association (CFA) has this report about yesterday's Budget meeting at San Marcos:

A standing-room-only crowd greeted San Marcos campus President Karen Haynes, CFA chapter President Janet Powell, and other campus union and student leaders at CSUSM's Campus-Wide Budget Meeting on Monday.

The more than 300 people who filled the Arts Theater and overflowed into the lobby partook in a serious discussion of the governor's proposed budget cuts. Urging students, staff and faculty to take action for the CSU and to become a part of the Alliance for the CSU, Presidents Haynes and Powell described the gravity of the statewide budget crisis.

Haynes said San Marcos alone stands to lose $6 million if the governor's proposed budget is adopted. She said thousands of potential students – both high school freshmen and community college transfers -- could be turned away and the economic impact would radiate out to the communities in north San Diego County.

She called on CSU supporters to reach out to "our community friends and our supporters in business and commerce" to tell the legislature about the need to fund the CSU.

Powell drew cheers from the crowd when she said "We can't just sit by and let this happen to us without putting up a fight."

As they left the crowd grabbed up supplies of signs, buttons, sign up cards, and flyers.

Local news media including CBS Channel 8, Univision 17 and the San Diego Union-Tribune covered the event. See some of the clips at http://www.calfac.org/inthenews.html
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Organizing Committee Survey

CSUEU Vice President for Organizing Ronnie Grant informs us of a fine new survey:

(To: CSUEU Staff, Executive Officer Committee, BU Chairs and Vice
Chairs, CSUEU Organizing Committee)

Good afternoon,

At the last CSUEU Board of Directors meeting the Statewide Organizing
Committee presented a survey to the Board which the Committee would
like to use to help us plan the 2009 contract campaign.

The survey is now in production at:
https://www.csun.edu/csueu/voice/

Each Chapter President has been or will be contacted individually to
ask them to distribute the link to their Chapter's members and fee-payers.

Ronnie.
The survey is comfortably short, just 5 questions.

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Long Beach Budget Fight-Back Meeting: March 26

Chapter 315 (Long Beach) reports their campus has scheduled a Budget Fight-Back meeting for March 26. From Leanne Hayes, Unit 7 Representative:

CSU Long Beach has a Budget Fight Back Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 26th, 12-2pm, in front of the Speaker’s Platform. President F. King Alexander and reps from employee unions and student orgs will be speaking.
This meeting does not even appear yet on the event schedule at the Alliance for the CSU site -- ooh, you are so in the know!

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Monday, March 10, 2008

CSU Trustee Appointment: Margaret Fortune

Governor Schwarzenegger has appointed Margaret Fortune to the CSU Board of Trustees. From the press release:

Margaret Fortune, 36, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees. In March 2008, she was named chief executive officer of Project Pipeline, a Sacramento-based non-profit with a 20-year track record of credentialing public school teachers. Prior to that, Fortune was a senior advisor in the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2006 to 2008. From 2005 to 2006, she served as an education advisor and director of public affairs for the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Prior to that, Fortune was superintendent of St. HOPE Public Schools, a Sacramento-based K-12 charter school district serving 1,800 students, where she started Sacramento Charter High School. Her experience also includes two years as assistant secretary in the Office of the Secretary for Education, chair of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and service on the California Children and Families Commission. Fortune earned a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Fortune is a Democrat.
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San Marcos Budget Fight-Back Meeting

CSU San Marcos held their Budget Fight-Back meeting today. Interim Chapter 321 President Michael Geck's report went out to the CSUEU Board of Directors this evening:

We conducted our "Budget Advocacy Hour" today and got coverage from two of our local stations, News 8 and Univision. You can find the coverage from News 8 here: http://www.cbs8.com/stories/story.120590.html
I haven’t seen anything from Univision yet. The San Diego Union/Tribune will be running an article tomorrow.

CSUSM President Karen Haynes, CFA Chapter President Janet Powell, ASI President Caitlin Gelrud and yours truly took turns speaking at an hour long event that had at least 300 people in attendance, a pretty good turn-out for little CSUSM. I’ll keep you all posted as info becomes available.

Peace,

Mike Geck
Interim President - Chapter 321
The Alliance for the CSU site now lists 4 Campus Budget meetings scheduled for this Thursday, March 13: East Bay, San Bernardino, Monterey Bay, and Northridge. Please do attend your campus budget meeting.

March 11 Update: The San Diego Union-Tribune's article is available this morning, and has been added to the links list.

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Bargaining Dates Set: May 6-8, 2008

CSU and CSUEU have agreed to bargain in Long Beach on these dates:

May 6-7, 2008Library Services Specialist (LSS) series implementation
May 8, 2008Fiscal year 2008-2009 reopener

See the most recent LSS Bulletin for a quick history of the LSS series and the CSU's initial proposal.

BUC 9 and BUC 7 plan a joint meeting on the LSS series for this Saturday evening, after the scheduled BUC 9 meeting.

Previous Unit 9 News LSS posts:
Also helpful:
  • Library Assistants - Joan Kennedy's collection of information about the Library Assistants classification and the Library Services Specialist (LSS) classification being created

CSEA Board of Directors: January Motions, April Meeting

Through the magic of technology, we now have the text from the Board of Directors documents sent out this morning by CSUEU Vice President for Organizing Ronnie Grant.

Motions from January CSEA Board of Directors Meeting

See the complete January 2008 agenda for the language of the motions, and the summary for the actions taken. Highlights include:
  • $6,000 to investigate the release of VISA statements [Editor's note: This apparently refers to the publication on the SOS1000 site of information about Local 1000 officers' business credit card usage. As far as we know there is no indication of a compromise of CSUEU members' credit card information.]
  • Restatement of CSEA Retirement Plan
  • 2008 Regional budgets
  • Positions and spending on Propositions 92 and 93

April CSEA Board of Directors Meeting

See the meeting announcement for the full schedule and details.
  • Closed Retreat and Executive Session on April 11-12
  • Agenda Committee and Board of Directors meeting on April 12-13
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Updates: Chapter Officers, CSEA, CSUEU, CSU Meetings

Ronnie Grant, CSUEU Vice President for Organizing, has sent an update including:

  • Procedures to follow to keep officer information up-to-date
  • The scheduled closed Board of Directors meeting on Friday evening may become an open meeting
  • The April CSEA Board of Directors meeting
The message:

Good morning,

A few updates:

-- CSUEU Directory: Chapter Presidents, are you up to date? --

I've attached a CSUEU Directory which is current. Please review it and advise both Phil Coonley and Malia Plummer of any corrections.

Phil Coonley and I are working with CSUEU and CSEA staff to strengthen the processes for handling changes in elected/appointed positions. I believe very strongly in being as close to 100% accurate as possible, since these lists are used for internal communication.

When you appoint a member to a vacant position on your Chapter's E-Board, please be sure to send an email to Pat Gantt, Phil Coonley and Malia Plummer. Emailing all three will enable HQ to ensure that your appointment is properly recorded in UnionWare, the CSUEU Directory, and CSEA's Exchange global address book.

Likewise, when a member of your Chapter's E-Board resigns, please forward a copy of their resignation e-mail or written letter to Pat Gantt, Phil Coonley and Malia Plummer so we can properly show the position as vacant and awaiting your replacement appointment.

If an E-Board member is leaving CSU employment, please ask them to write a resignation from their Union position; without a written resignation, we may not be able to verify that they left CSU employment (and subsequently lost eligibility for their appointed or elected Union position) for one or two pay periods.

Without a written resignation, we must wait for the State Controller's Office to report the employment separation or service retirement to CSEA Membership Services.

-- CSEA Board --

The next CSEA Board meeting is in Sacramento on April 12-13. I have attached the notice; if there is an agenda item you would like Pat, myself, or Lori to submit to CSEA, please let is know ASAP. We have a deadline of March 17 to submit items to CSEA.

I have also included a recap of motions from the January meeting and a CSEA Organizational Chart. The chart has one error on it; replace the name Janis Mickel Szichak with Lee King to correct.

-- Board of Trustees meeting --

The CSU is holding another Board of Trustees meeting this week. Agenda
is here:
http://www.calstate.edu/BOT/Agendas/index.shtml

-- CSUEU Board update --

The scheduled closed session this Friday may be turned into an open session is we have nothing to discuss in closed session. This will likely be decided at the Executive Officer Committee on Thursday.

Ronnie.
Enclosures:
Related links:

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Editorials and Letters About Salary Data Publication

The Sacramento Bee today carries a selection of opinion pieces and letters to the editor about their decision to publish state workers' salaries and other information in a public database.

Jim Hard, president of Local 1000, writes:

The Bee's new searchable database on state employee salaries may be fun for gossipers and helpful to stalkers, but it does very little to advance the policy discussion about public employee salaries.
He refutes the Bee's claim that publishing such detailed information harms no one:

Union representatives have received at least a dozen calls or e-mails from domestic violence victims who fear a perpetrator could track them down by using the database. Their fears are well-founded.

"This woman who had been successfully hiding from her ex-husband called after he found her," said Beth Hassett, executive director of Women Escaping a Violent Environment. "She had switched jobs within the state to fly under the radar and hide from him. He logged into (The Bee's) database, found her agency and then was able to get her phone number and threaten her."

In a Public Editor piece today, the Bee gloats over the web site traffic the database has generated, scoffs at workers' privacy and safety concerns, and says "the likelihood of The Bee taking down the database is nil."

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Previously in Unit 9 News:

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Local 1000 Protests Bee's Publication of State Workers' Salaries

SEIU Local 1000, the CSEA affiliate which represents civil service employees, is organizing a protest against the Sacramento Bee's decision to publish the salaries of state workers. Earlier this week the Bee published a database of salaries for state employees. Searching the database with only a last name returns first and last names with middle name or initial, the agency or campus where the employee works, and salary. Spot checks have turned up errors and odd gaps in the data.

The Bee also published a "Response to questions about state employee pay database" stating, oddly, that they "did not set out to embarrass anyone or to invade anyone's privacy" and pooh-poohing concerns about safety and privacy.

Local 1000's announcement:

This week and next Local 1000 is taking actions against the Sacramento Bee for its appalling decision to publish a searchable database of state employee's names, salaries, job classification and worksite. We ask all state employees to join in our protest.

First, we asked members to air their opinion directly to the Bee's editors-in only five hours, more than 500 of you copied us with your complaints about the Bee's action.

Second, Local 1000 has protested directly to the Bee and has asked that they remove state employees' names from their database; our protest-and many of your letters-will be published in the Bee's Opinion section on Sunday, March 9.

Third, we are gathering state employee signatures demanding that the Bee delete employee names from their database.

Fourth, we are organizing a demonstration at the Bee's offices between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00, on March 12; following our protest, we will deliver our petition to Bee editors. Please join us at the corner of 24st & Q Streets (a light rail station is at 23rd & R and there is ample street parking next to the Bee offices).

Fifth, we are asking state employees to cancel their subscriptions to the Bee until they remove state employees' names from their database.

Finally, we are exploring both litigation and legislation to protect worker privacy.

Please go to the url below to sign the petition, to participate in any of our actions to protest the Bee's decision or to urge the Legislature to protect public employees' privacy.
Protecting Privacy of Public Employees (Local 1000)
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Friday, March 7, 2008

Statewide Organizing Committee Agenda: March 2008

Ronnie Grant, CSUEU Vice President for Organizing, has sent out the agenda for the Statewide Organizing Committee meeting which takes place at the upcoming Board of Directors meeting. Here is the text of the agenda:

CSUEU Statewide Organizing Committee
Agenda

Friday, March 14, 2008
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, 300 J St.,
Sacramento, CA 95814
  1. Call to Order Ronnie L. Grant
  2. Announcements and Introductions Committee members
  3. Development of a 2009 contract campaign plan Committee members
  4. New Business
Statewide Organizing Committee Members:
  • Ronnie L. Grant, Vice President for Organizing, Chair
  • Olga Camarillo, Organizing Committee Chair, Chapter 308
  • Adriana Petterz, Organizing Committee Chair, Chapter 315
  • Vera Vasquez, Organizing Committee Chair, Chapter 316
  • Deborah Campbell, President, Chapter 319
  • Charles Constantine, President, Chapter 323
  • Patrick N. Gantt, President, Ex-Officio
  • Brenda C. Brown, Labor Relations Representative, Staff Assigned
  • Gilbert F. Rojo, Sr., Labor Relations Representative, Staff Assigned
All CSUEU meetings are open, except as described in the Policy File.

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Lead LRR for Southern California

Phillip Coonley, CSUEU Chief of Staff, sent this message out this evening:

To Southern California Chapter Leadership and Statewide Officers:

I have appointed Brian Young to a six-month Lead LRR position. During this time, he will be assisting Becky Beal, Gil Rojo, Hubert Lloyd and Brenda Brown with their work at your Chapters. His focus will be on helping those Chapters that need it:
  • Implement new employee orientation programs
  • Increase membership levels
  • Create calendars of e-board, steward and membership meetings shared by staff and activists.
He will, of course, continue to be a resource for staff dealing with complex representation issues. Brian’s primary responsibility is still to his two Chapters, San Diego and San Marcos. Because of this, I would ask that if you have any staff concerns, to continue to contact me directly. If you have representation concerns, please continue to contact the staff assigned to your campus as a first resort. If you need additional representation assistance, please contact me.

Phillip Coonley, Chief of Staff
California State University Employees Union (CSUEU)

Lobby Day 2008 Photos

Steve Sloan has put his Lobby Day photos online. He states:

These photos are from the two day event, on March 3 and 4, 2008. This is all the photos I have taken that weekend, unedited.

NOTE: These are low res images meant for online viewing. The high resolution images will be on the DVD. Each picture has a number. This is the inventory number of that image. When referring to me about individual photos please be sure to note to me the number (or in the case of a selection of images, the range of numbers.)
Lobby Day Photos from Steve Sloan

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Salary Schedule Glitch

Félix Cortez-Littlefield, BUR 9 at San Luis Obispo, noticed that the salary schedules currently posted on the Chancellor's Office web site and the CSUEU web site do not agree. It appears that the salary schedule on the Chancellor's Office site is more up-to-date.

Headquarters has been alerted to the discrepancy. In the meantime, please use the salary schedule from the Chancellor's Office site:
Fiscal Year 2007/2008 Salary Schedule [PDF]

The salary schedule is Appendix E of the contract.

Employee Salary Data Online: CSUEU Statement

CSUEU Chief of Staff Philip Coonley sent this out yesterday afternoon:

To All CSUEU Activists and Staff:

Employee Salary Data Online

http://www.sacbee.com/1098/story/738462.html

The Sacramento Bee has obtained salary data for state employees and placed it online, searchable by the public. Data returned includes name with middle initial, classification, agency or university campus, and base pay. CSU employees are in this database.

Pay for state employees is public information. Local 2579, the CSEA affiliate which represents California State University employees, recommends that members who are concerned about this new database contact Bee editor Melanie Sill at (916) 321-1002 or msill@sacbee.com, and Public Editor Armando Acuna at (916) 321-1250 or publiceditor@sacbee.com; Ms. Sill is the top editor at the Bee and Acuna handles their reader complaints.

While we would prefer not to have our members' pay information published in the Bee, it is public information, and if someone were to review it carefully, they would see the kind of pay disparities we have been pointing to for years.

Phillip Coonley, Chief of Staff
California State University Employees Union (CSUEU)
Readers are always welcome to forward Unit 9 News items to their colleagues, chapter mailing lists, etc. We are delighted to have the information used; that is after all why we publish.

Impact of the CSU

CSUEU President Pat Gantt sent this out recently:

Dear CSUEU Board Members, Legislative Committee and Field Staff:

The Chancellor's Office has a good resource for developing some of your comments on the value of the CSU to the state and your local campus community. These facts on the impact of the CSU system are too often taken for granted by those of us who work within it. Most of these are good points to make in reminding the general public the true value that higher education has on our state. The impacts of the individual campuses should be mentioned when making any district office visits to legislators this spring.

The Impact of the California State University



In Union,

Pat Gantt
Lobby Day may be over, but you can always lobby locally.

Dominguez Hills Budget Fight-Back Meeting

The first of the all-campus Budget Fight-Back Meetings took place at Dominguez Hills yesterday. Here is the California Faculty Association (CFA) report:

Monday's event was emceed by Dominguez Hills CFA Chapter President David Bradfield, who laid out the meaning of these threatened cuts to the campus community while those in attendance gave a 'power clap.'

Bradfield, who also serves as CFA Associate Vice President, was joined on the podium by Campus President Mildred García who spoke about the fiscal vulnerability of the campus and urged those in attendance to do everything in their power to make sure lawmakers support the CSU in the state budget process.

Referring to a past funding shortfall at the campus of $2.8 million plus the governor's proposed cuts for this year, she said the cuts mean "$6 million out of our campus budget – this we cannot stand for."

García said the shortfall already is causing the campus to stop tenure track faculty searches and freeze staff hiring.

"We've got to turn this around," she said.

Bradfield says the fight for CSU funding has brought unity to his campus. "It was great to see the campus come together in defense of the CSU budget," said Bradfield.

"Dr. Garcia has been great. The event would also not have been possible without the support of the Academic Senate, all the staff unions, and a group of wonderful and engaged students who turned out for the event including ASI President Ifeanyi Ebigbo and members of CSU Students for Quality Education."

The event was well attended by the media and coverage of the event – including newspaper articles and videos of broadcast reports – can be viewed at: http://www.calfac.org/inthenews.html
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Budget Fight Back Meetings: Updated Schedule

The California Faculty Association (CFA) has released an updated schedule for the campus Budget Fight Back Meetings. CFA says:

The CSU community, a community that has been divided on many issues in recent history, has joined together for the most important fight it has ever faced: protecting the future of California. The Governor proposes to cut $386 million from the CSU budget for the 2008/09 academic year at a time when the economy is lagging, businesses are desperate for skilled workers, the State's infrastructure needs massive improvements, and disadvantaged and middle-class students are finding it harder and harder to afford a college education.

Faculty, students, staff, and the Administration know that the CSU is the solution to our State’s economic challenges, not the problem. The CSU educates the State’s skilled workforce, graduates the majority of minority students in California, and contributes over $7 billion to the State’s economy. Cuts to the CSU would force the system to turn away students, hike student fees yet again, eliminate classes, lay off teachers and increase class sizes. In other words, cuts to the CSU will further damage the economy.
The updated schedule for these events:
March 3:CSU Dominguez Hills, Noon-12:50, Loker Student Union, Ballroom A
March 4:Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 3 pm, University Union, Room 220
March 10:CSU San Marcos, 1-2 pm, Arts 111 (Theater)
March 13:Fresno State, 11 am, Satellite Student Union
March 13:CSU San Bernardino, 10 am-Noon, Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center
March 17:San Francisco State, 12-1:30 pm, McKenna Theater
March 18:Sacramento State, 12-1 pm, University Theater CHANGE OF DATE!
March 19:Cal. Maritime Academy, 11:50 am-12:30 pm, Rizza Auditorium
March 20:Sonoma State, 12-1:30 pm, Person Theater
April 2:CSU Monterey Bay, 12-2 pm, location to be announced

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Employee Salary Data Online

The Sacramento Bee has obtained salary data for state employees and placed it online, searchable by the public. Data returned includes name with middle initial, classification, agency or university campus, and base pay. CSU employees are in this database.

Pay for state employees is public information. Local 1000, the CSEA affiliate which represents civil service employees, has this recommendation for people who object to having this information published by the Bee:

We suggest that members who are concerned about this new database contact Bee editor Melanie Sill at (916) 321-1002 or msill@sacbee.com, and Public Editor Armando Acuna at (916) 321-1250 or publiceditor@sacbee.com; Ms. Sill is the top editor at the Bee and Acuna handles their reader complaints.
On the positive side, this should help with researching those equity issues.

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CalPERS Classes Now Online

The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) now offers several courses online.

Online courses include:

  • New CalPERS Member
  • Continuing CalPERS Member
  • Planning Your Retirement
  • Completing Your Retirement Application
  • Retired CalPERS Member
The financial planning courses still appear to be only classroom-based.

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San Jose State President Search: Closed Meeting On Campus

The selection committee for the president of San Jose State University will meet in closed session on Friday, March 14, 2008, at San Jose State, "to consider candidate qualifications and determine which candidates to advance to the next level of consideration. "

Members of the Trustees' Selection Committee for President of San Jose State University:

  • William Hauck, Member, Board of Trustees - Chair, Trustees' Selection Committee for President of San Jose State University
  • Ms. Roberta Achtenberg, Chair, Board of Trustees, ex-officio
  • Dr. Kenneth Fong, Member, Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Glen O. Toney, Member, Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Charles B. Reed, Chancellor, ex-officio
Advisory Committee:
  • Dr. Ruben Armiñana, President, Sonoma State University
  • Ms. Nancy Day, CMS Project Sr. Software Analyst, SJSU
  • Mr. Les Francis, Community Member
  • Mr. Benjamin Henderson, President/CEO, Associated Students SJSU
  • Dr. Judith Lessow-Hurley, Chair, Academic Senate SJSU
  • Mr. Donald Lucas, Chair, Tower Foundation Board SJSU
  • Mr. Fredrick Najjar, Vice President, University Advancement, SJSU
  • Professor Annette Nellen, Professor of Accounting and Finance, SJSU
  • Dr. Kenneth Peter, Professor of Political Science, SJSU
  • Ms. Patricia Smith, President, SJSU Alumni Board
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Monday, March 3, 2008

CSU Appeals Fresno Discrimination Case

After persuading the judge to reduce the $19.1 million award to $6.6 million in the Johnson-Klein discrimination case, the CSU has appealed the judgment. The appeal is expected to drag out the case at least another year or two.

Fresno Bee columnist Bill McEwen criticizes CSU Chancellor Reed for prolonging the case at taxpayers' expense for his own benefit:

Chancellor Charles B. Reed's strategy is to tie up the case in appeals court until he retires -- he's 66 now-- or a frustrated Johnson-Klein caves in.

Either way, the chancellor exits a winner.

McEwen points out that an extended legal battle also shields campus president John Welty:

The name "Stacy Johnson-Klein" and the words "sexual harassment" fade away during appeal, allowing Welty to fend off critics. Pay her now and the price tag will hang around his neck forever.

But if the appeal lasts two years, Welty surely will survive until 2011 and fulfill his ambition of presiding over the university's centennial celebration.

The columnist figures Reed cares more about his own position than the interests of the University:

We, the taxpayers, are enabling Reed to focus on what's best for him, instead of what's best for Fresno and Fresno State. If he had a dime of his own at risk, the case would've disappeared years ago for less than $1 million.

Meanwhile, the Board of Trustees, described as "just happy to have titles," decline to exert their authority:

Reed's other enablers are the CSU trustees. They're supposed to be his bosses, but the reality is that he tells them what to do.

Interest on the award during these delays is estimated at $50,000 per month.

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