Sunday, November 9, 2008

BUC 9 Report for November 8, 2008 Meeting

Here's the report for the November 8, 2008 Bargaining Unit Council (BUC) 9 meeting, which took place in Sacramento. This report will be presented to the CSUEU Board of Directors today. We'll post some additional information and supplemental links separately.

Layoff Update

  • We have received official notice of layoff at CSU Bakersfield, citing lack of work. We're talking to the affected employee and beginning the information request and negotiation process. A meet and confer date has already been set for December. If you're curious about the process, Article 24 is a good place to start.
  • Everyone should know: If you hear talk of a layoff from a manager, inform Rich McGee, BUC 9 Chair, and Teven Laxer, Senior Labor Relations Representative for Unit 9, immediately so we can stay on top of the situation.
  • There are indications that the CSU is targeting long-term employees who are activists. If you see anything like this on your campus, including reassignment to dead-end positions, placing them on administrative leave, and/or offering inducements to retire earlier than planned, please notify the Chair.

Information Technology

  • Draft systemwide policies from the Chancellor's Office on IT Security and Acceptable Use have been sent to campuses for comment. Comments are due back to the Chancellor's Office on December 10. If you haven't seen a copy of these, please request them from your campus IT manager or the Chair.
  • Reminder: Do not use campus email systems for anything confidential, including discussion of cases and bargaining.

Library Services Specialist (LSS) Series Update

  • Negotiations for the Library Services Specialist (LSS) transition are continuing, with the CSU claiming there's no money to pay for the additional duties of the LSS classification. This affects over 470 people in a process that began more than 10 years ago.

In-Range Progression (IRP) Update

  • IRP data was distributed, including a chart showing IRP counts by campus.
  • So far for fiscal year 2008-2009, 162 Unit 9 IRP requests have granted statewide. Of those, 95 were for Chancellor's Office employees.
  • In Unit 9, for fiscal year 2007-2008, there were:
    • 535 IRPs granted which were funded by the campuses
    • 316 IRPs granted which were funded with the systemwide IRP funds
    • 851 IRPs granted in total

Exempt, Workload, and On-Call Issues

  • We need to file Level 1 grievances on 18.6 (informal adjustments in work hours for exempt employees who have worked extra hours). Have the employee request the adjustment, and file a grievance if the manager denies the request. File these at Level 1, not as informals, so that they are committed to paper and are on record, no matter how the grievance may be resolved.
  • Chair Rich McGee met with staff and senior officers at headquarters and discussed a list of issues affecting exempt employees for which we need a single, consistent, set of answers. At this point we are awaiting an analysis from CSEA legal staff.


  • Headquarters received official notice that the CSU has contracted with 6 temp agencies for short-term IT work. We have submitted an information request on this and are awaiting the response.

Staff Report

  • A new Know Your Rights flier about exempt issues was distributed. The flier consists of a list of contract articles related to exempt employees.
  • We received a list of Unit 9 classification issues before the Classification Committee, identifying where each one is in the queue.


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