Monday, November 10, 2008

Tidbits from November 2008 CSUEU Board of Directors Meeting

Here's a quick update on this past weekend's Board of Directors meeting. This is not a complete report, but just some highlights which may be of interest.

Friday Evening Closed Session

The Friday night closed session consisted of 2 things:

  1. A presentation on corporate duties and responsibilities
  2. Bargaining strategy discussion

The session was scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and finished around 10:15 p.m.

An Aside: Send In Your Own Bargaining Ideas

All represented employees are invited to send their suggestions for contract improvements. Please email your ideas/suggestion/comments from off campus, using your off-campus email account to Rich McGee, BUC 9 Chair, at bargainingideas2008@unit9news.org. (Note: this email address is temporary, but will work at least until the end of December.)

  • If some part of the contract has affected you because it didn't cover your situation, or wasn't clear, please speak up.
  • Is there a section that reads one way to you, and another way to someone else? Let us know.
  • If you think something is missing, or doesn't make sense, please say so.

The more specific you can be, the better. Examples always help. If you've figured out something is a problem, but aren't sure what solution would work, at least tell us about the problem. It's easy to suppose that the people putting together these proposals are magically aware of every issue on every campus, but the truth is some things never filter up. It's up to you to speak up, and now is the best time.

Please don't think it's someone else's job to mention a contract problem, or assume that someone else has thought of the issue you're aware of. Even if you know the idea has been brought up, please write anyway. Hearing from 20 people that Problem X has affected them is different from hearing from only 2.

BUC Vice Chairs Stay On Board of Directors

There was a proposal to amend the Policy File to reduce your unit-based representation on the Board of Directors, by removing the Bargaining Unit Council (BUC) Vice Chairs from the Board. The Board of Directors voted to keep the Vice Chairs on the Board.

Lobby Day 2009: April 27-29

Lobby Day 2009 will take place Monday, April 27, 2009 through Wednesday, April 29, 2009, and will be held at the Citizen's Hotel in Sacramento. Here's the schedule passed out at the Board of Directors meeting:

MondayTraining
TuesdayLegislative Appointments
Evening Social With Legislators
WednesdayDebriefing
District Office Training

It was announced that Lobby Day attendees will have to sign in and out, and attend the full three days, to be reimbursed for travel costs. It was also announced that there will be no funding, period, for participants to come in Sunday night for the Monday morning start time, regardless of the travel involved. This was described as a cost-saving measure. Look for additional information to be posted on the CSUEU web site.

New MPP Salary List

A new list of Management Personnel Plan (MPP) salaries was distributed, with data as of October 31, 2008. The list is organized by campus, with MPPs listed alphabetically for each campus. The MPP salary list was distributed as a printed copy in the meeting binder, and electronically on CD.

Some chapters like to post these on chapter bulletin boards, and requests for copies from campus MPPs are not unusual.

Women's Conference 2009

The 11th California State Employees Association (CSEA) Women's Conference will be held March 27-29, 2009, at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza. The theme is Reaching New Heights Together and topics include financial planning for women, technology today, and work/life balance. Sponsorships, advertising space in the conference program, and vendor tables are available at costs ranging from $25 to $500.

New Claim Forms and Postage-Paid Envelopes

CSUEU has printed up spiffy new postage-paid envelopes to use for sending travel claims, reports, etc. These show CSUEU's new address as 1108 O ST FL 5.

We also have new expense claim forms. These have a medium-dark blue cover sheet with a revision date at the bottom of 09/08.

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