Monday, March 17, 2008

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:

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.

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