Monday, May 19, 2008

Membership and Member Benefits Updates

A few updates (and good news, hooray!) about membership and member benefits, from another informative email sent out by CSUEU Vice President for Organizing Ronnie Grant:

New Employee Orientation

Phillip has asked me to pass along that your assigned LRR may inquire about your current New Employee Orientation participation.

I'd like to thank everyone who responded to my quick survey of NEO and membership packets. I am working with Phillip to codify and streamline the process for requesting additional packets.

Membership e-mails

We have made arrangements with CSEA Membership Services to send an e-mail to Chapter Presidents on the 15th and 30th of each month listing all membership cards for your Chapter were received at CSEA in the last 15 days. The list will show which cards were successfully processed and which cards could not be processed to the SCO and will be held for a future attempt.

Common reasons cards can not be successfully processed: missing, incorrect or incomplete SSN; member is a new CSU employee and has not been on the job for at least one whole payroll period; new member is not employed in units 2, 5, 7 or 9.

On the same day a membership application is processed, CSEA will also send an e-mail to the new member welcoming them to CSUEU and confirming their application was processed (provided the new member included their e-mail address on the application).

Member Benefits booklet

The 2009 membership benefits booklets were mailed to all members home addresses. If you have a member who advises they did not receive a booklet, please check your CSEA Chapter Register and verify their address is correct.

Please note there is a critical typo in the booklet: on the CSUEU membership application, it states that only the last 4 digits of the SSN is required. That is incorrect; we require all 9 digits.
Editor's note: CSUEU is an affiliate of CSEA (California State Employees Association). CSEA central support processes our membership applications. SEIU Local 1000, another CSEA affiliate, explicitly asks for just the last 4 digits of the SSN on their membership application [PDF file]. It's puzzling that a full Social Security Number (SSN) would be required for processing CSUEU membership applications but not for Local 1000 forms. We have asked about this, and will publish an explanation if we can get one.


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