Friday, September 18, 2009

Board of Trustees Meets September 22-23

The CSU Board of Trustees meets Tuesday and Wednesday, September 22-23, 2009.

The Trustees begin in closed session to cover presidential evaluations and litigation. The litigation is the Donselman vs. CSU Board of Trustees case, in which students are suing the CSU for increasing fees, and billing students again, after students had already registered and paid for classes.

The Committee on Collective Bargaining meets in closed session for a status report, then kicks off the open committee meetings at (approximately) 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

2009-2010 Budget

From the 2009-2010 Budget report in the agenda:

[A]ctions by the Legislature and Governor resulted in a revised revenue shortfall of $564 million. In addition, the CSU faces mandatory costs for 2009-10 of approximately $40 million, resulting in a total budget gap of $604 million. The actions taken by the Board and Chancellor in July address this gap as follows:

  • Furloughs $273 million (45 percent of gap)
  • Additional increase in State University Fee $157 million ( 26 percent)
  • Increase in nonresident tuition $11 million (2 percent)
  • Campus-directed cuts $163 million (27 percent)

Notwithstanding the revision of the 2009-10 budget act, the condition of the State General Fund remains precarious. The reserve built into the State budget is extraordinarily small and could be wiped out by any number of events, including State expenditures to fight fires. The budget’s balance is also at risk on the basis of various assumptions that may prove to be unrealistic. Most importantly, State revenues could fall short of projections by billions of dollars due to the extreme sensitivity of the State’s tax structure to the course of the State’s economy.

Select Agenda Items

  • Ratification of a collective bargaining agreement for Unit 6 with the State Employees’ Trades Council-United (SETC). SETC recently ratified this contract and voted to reject furloughs in favor of layoffs.
  • Review of vice presidential compensation (See page 5 of the Committee on University and Faculty Personnel agenda for a table)
  • Report on relocation expenses for Benjamin Quillian, appointed Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer in September 2008: $41,176.11 for relocation of household ($39,758 authorized) and $52,660.00 for home sale fees and expenses ($67,500 authorized).
  • The legislative report lists 7 pages of bills. Here are some of the bills of interest to the CSU:
    • AB 1222: Removes the 2011 sunset date on the CSU and UC's ability to release (rent) alumni personal information, without consent, for affinity marketing campaigns
    • AB 24: Requires CSU to conduct a feasibility study on a CSU campus in Chula Vista (San Diego County)
    • AB 220: Would put a bond for a unspecified amount on the ballot, for Kindergarten-University public education. The CSU supports this bill.
    • AB 656 (Oil and Gas Severance Tax): The CSU has no official position on this bill, but says Of ultimate concern is the impact this measure could have on the state’s commitment to higher education including very weak language regarding supplementing versus supplanting our General Fund budget support.
    • AB 690: Would allow an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees to send a designee to attend Trustee meetings in his/her absence. The CSU opposes this bill.
    • SB 218: Makes campus foundation/auxiliary entities subject to the public records act. This bill has passed both houses and is on its way to the governor. The CSU opposes this bill.
  • Issuance of bonds of up to $60,985,000 for:
    • Arecreation center at CSU East Bay, $27,385,000
    • Purchase and renovation of apartments for CSULA, $6,850,000
    • Purchase of an apartment complex for a CSU San Diego auxiliary organization, $24,500,000
  • Approval of the CSU Identity Theft Prevention Implementation Plan, required by the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA). Potential Covered Accounts listed in the appendix include payroll, campus billing and accounts receivable, university corporate credit card, employee and staff health insurance planse, faculty rental and for sale housing (no mention of staff housing), and employee and staff loans. (See Agenda Item 1 for the Committee of the Whole, beginning on page 9 of the PDF)
  • Litigation report from CSU General Council Christine Helwick. Some excerpts:
    • Block v. CSU, et al.
      Joel Block, a systemwide HR manager in the Chancellor's Office, was nonretained in January 2008 for performance reasons. He alleges that a pattern of adverse treatment, including a demotion, salary freeze and suspension, culminating in his non-retention, constituted discrimination and retaliation based upon his age, disability, efforts to redress grievances, and protests over the award of a no-bid contract to consultants. The case is in the pleading stage. CSU's motion to dismiss certain claims and defendants from the lawsuit is pending.
    • Verellen v. CSU, et al.
      Paul Verellen, a systemwide HR manager in the Chancellor's Office, was nonretained in March 2008 for performance reasons. In September 2007, immediately after learning informally of his supervisor's dissatisfaction with his performance, Verellen filed a whistleblower complaint that a labor relations consultant was improperly retained by the CSU. After he was formally advised a few days later that he would not receive a merit salary increase because of his performance, he filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint and a complaint of age discrimination. He filed a second retaliation complaint after he was nonretained. His retaliation and age discrimination complaints were investigated and rejected. Verellen then filed a petition for writ of mandate claiming the retaliation investigative outcomes are wrong and requesting reinstatement. The court denied Verellen's petition for writ of mandate, thereby precluding him from filing a lawsuit for damages under the California Whistleblower Protection Act. Verellen also filed a complaint for damages for whistleblower retaliation (under other statutes) and age discrimination. He is 58 years old. This separate damages action is stayed but will likely proceed now that the ruling in the writ proceeding has been entered.
    • Donselman v. CSU
      This is a purported class action filed by two students from San Francisco State University and CSU San Bernardino, challenging the July 2009 student university fee increase and the May 2009 Graduate Business Professional fee, both of which are to be imposed in the Fall 2009 term. Plaintiffs' application for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction were denied. The case is in the pleading stage.
    • Mattiuzzi v. CSUS, et al.
      Cici Mattiuzzi is a career counselor in College of Engineering and Computer Science at CSU Sacramento. She alleges that she was unlawfully retaliated against for complaining about the activities of a faculty member who she says treated students and employees in a threatening and discriminatory manner. She also claims that this same faculty member assaulted her. The case is in the pleading stage.
    • Bale v. CSU
      Courtney Bale, a strength and conditioning coach at SDSU, complains that an unfavorable performance evaluation, being denied the opportunity to work with the football and basketball teams, and being given a computer with pornography are sex discrimination and retaliation for reporting that she was treated differently from a male strength and conditioning coach. The case is in the discovery stage. On August 24, 2009, CSU filed a motion for summary judgment. Trial is set for November 13, 2009.
    • Additional cases alleging sexual harassment, gender and age discrimination, and/or retaliation for whisteblowing. See Agenda Item 2 for the Committee of the Whole, beginning on page 28 of the PDF.
  • Proposed changes to Title 5 regarding residency reclassification of students dependent on out-of-state parents (information item): CSU students have often been able to achieve California residency after their first year of enrollment in CSU, notwithstanding their financial dependence on nonresident parents or others. It is time to tighten up what has become this loophole.

About Trustees Meetings

For the most part, the discussion happens in the Committee meetings, and then the full Board meets in plenary session and approves whatever is before it. The Board seldom says no to the CSU.

The open sessions are open to anyone at all, and there is no sign-in or identification requirement. You can just sit in the audience and watch if you're interested.

The (as yet unapproved) minutes of the previous meetings are in the agendas for the current meetings.

Anyone can address the Board of Trustees, or write to them. To write, use the mailing address on the second page of the current meeting schedule.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Organizing Committee Agenda for September 19 Meeting

The CSUSU statewide Organizing Committee meets by teleconference this Saturday. Here's the agenda sent out by the Committee Chair, Vice President for Organizing Ronnie Grant:

CSUEU Statewide Organizing Committee

Saturday, September 19, 2009
1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

SPECIAL MEETING — via conference call

  1. Call to Order     Ronnie L. Grant
  2. Development of organizing around furloughs (continued)     Ronnie L. Grant

The meeting has two parts – a conference call, and an online meeting for a virtual whiteboard. All attendees must join the conference call; for staff, CSUEU Board members and Organizing Committee members, it is highly recommended to also join the online meeting to see the whiteboard.

To join the conference call:
  1. Dial 1-800-704-9804 and enter your conference code.
  2. For audience members, your conference code is 83431442. Committee members, staff and CSUEU Board members have a different code to identify them on the call; they should have received this private code by email.
  3. Record your name when prompted.
While on the phone call
  • Audience members may be muted and may need to press *1 to be recognized by the chair.
  • Committee members, staff and CSUEU Board members are not muted by default and can press *6 to mute and unmute themselves. To be recognized by the chair, committee members will need to ensure they are not muted, and then speak up for recognition.
To join the online meeting:

To join the online meeting, go to:

Additional Information

  • This meeting is open to all CSUEU members.
  • As a reminder, 800 numbers such as the one used for this call can capture and display the phone number you are calling from, regardless of your Caller ID settings. Blocking your Caller ID information will not protect your phone number on this call.
  • Sadly, there is no indication they will be observing the holiday during the meeting.


Friday, September 11, 2009

SCIF Furloughs End, Legislators Request Civil Service Furlough Reduction

SCIF Furloughs End

The State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) has ended furloughs after a judge's written order echoed a previous finding that the furloughs were illegal. Both SCIF and SEIU Local 1000, which represents 6,260 SCIF employees, believe the finding entitles employees to back pay. The governor's office plans to appeal the ruling, and says back pay isn't addressed in the judge's decision.

Legislature Asks for Reduction in Civil Service Furloughs

Legislative leaders have asked Governor Schwarzenegger to cut civil service employees' furlough days from 3 per month to 2 per month, citing financial damage to the state resulting from the furloughs.

A Senate review found potential long-term costs resulting from the furloughs, Steinberg said. One example is in the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where workers have had their pay cut but are banking furlough hours for future use. Prison workers already have accumulated 1.6 million hours that they will have to take off someday, the review found.


Turning Furlough Lemons Into Lemonade (or something stronger)

Not everyone minds furloughs. The headline at the Chico student paper?

Furloughs mean extra party day

Quote from the article:

I love having a five day weekend as much as anyone else, Gordon said. But for some reason, when I think of a long Labor Day weekend and a long Halloween weekend, I think the possibility of a couch being lit on fire in the middle of the street goes up substantially.

Campus police are prepared.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bill Would Ban CSU Exec Raises During Budget Cuts

A bill to prohibit CSU and UC executive pay increases during bad budget years has been revived. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

If signed into law, SB86 by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, would prevent CSU from raising executive pay and increasing perks such as housing or car allowances in years when the university gets less money from the state than the year before.

The executive officers covered include the chancellor, vice chancellors, executive vice chancellors, the general counsel, the Trustees' secretary, and campus presidents.


SB 218 Heads to Governor's Desk

From the California Faculty Association (CFA) via CFA Headlines:


CFA-sponsored legislation that would make the controversial spending and financial practices of California State University subsidiary organizations and foundations more transparent will arrive on the governor’s desk in the coming days.

Senate Bill (SB) 218 — which is authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) — received overwhelming support in the Assembly, passing by a margin of 76-0.

The bill received final approval from the legislature Monday after the Senate concurred with the amended version of the bill 33-1.

Supporters of SB 218, including the CFA and the California Newspaper Publishers Association, are counting on the Governor — who recently launched a web site dedicated to reporting transparency in government — to stand by his words by signing this transparency bill into law.

In light of the Governor's public commitment to transparency, we hope he will back up his words with action by signing SB 218 into law, said CFA President Lillian Taiz.

Taiz continued, The lack of transparency and accountability around these auxiliaries and foundations has led to scandals and waste of taxpayer dollars that were intended to improve the quality of education in the classroom for California's students.

The California Chronicle article lists several foundation/auxiliary scandals, ending with:

The latest example, as reported in the online community publication The Sacramento Press and verified by CSU Sacramento documents, indicates that University Enterprises, Inc., an auxiliary at Sacramento State, purchased a commercial building in 2007 just as the economy began to head towards a recession. The building has only one tenant, which prompted Sacramento State University and the CSU Chancellor's office to give $6.3 million from their general fund to offset the lost revenues from a lack of tenants. These funding commitments were made at the same time the CSU has been forced to cap student enrollment, raise student fees, and impose harmful furloughs on faculty and staff. Additionally, while arguing in opposition to SB 218, the CSU has made repeated claims that campus auxiliary organizations are self-supporting and do not rely on general fund dollars for support.

CSUEU does not appear to have taken a position on this legislation; at least, there is nothing about it on the CSUEU Legislative Committee's web site or Twitter feed, and a search on the CSUEU web site turned up no references to SB 218.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Furlough Workshop at General Council

CSUEU held a Furlough Workshop during during last weekend's CSEA General Council. Attendees learned:

  • Pat Gantt, Lois Kugelmass, and Phillip Coonley met with Bill Candella from the Chancellor's Office by phone on August 11.
  • CSU requested an extension on the statewide grievance. CSUEU denied the extension request, stating, Because the violations are ongoing and preventing our members from choosing their days in compliance with the furlough implementation agreement, we are denying your request for an extension.
  • CSUEU has decided to elevate the statewide grievance to arbitration. This is in abeyance until September 11, to give the CSU time to respond before arbitration.

See a Violation? File!

Remember, if you see or experience a violation of the furlough agreement: File. Don't wait for someone else to fix it, or assume it will be dealt with in the statewide grievance. File each and every time you see a violation of the Furlough Agreement.


GC Roundup

General Council (GC) finished a day early this year, surprising delegates and planners. CSUEU delegates gathered Monday morning for a photo session, then dispersed to get a welcome jump on the long journey home in holiday traffic.

Delegate Decisions

Here are some of the actions GC delegates took in your name this year:

  • Re-elected the serving CSEA officers:
    • Dave Hart, President
    • Donna Snodgrass, Vice President
    • David Okumura, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Voted to remove certain member protections in CSEA bylaws:
    • Eliminate the requirement for secret ballots in division/affiliate officer elections, as well as a reasonable means of nominating persons for election, and reasonable opportunities for nominees to communicate with members and solicit votes, and a reasonable opportunity for all members to choose among the nominees. (B&P 5/09)
      [Editor's note: Motions to pass B&P 3, 4 and 5 were pushed through so quickly that votes were taken before delegates could get to the microphone to speak in support or opposition, or to ask questions.]
    • Eliminate the ability of members to grieve actions of affiliates to CSEA. (B&P 3/09)
    • Eliminate the requirement that chapters and DLCs have a procedure for the discipline and/or removal of its elected chapter/DLC representatives subject to appeal to the appropriate division/affiliate. (B&P 6/09)
      [Editor's note: A DLC is a District Labor Council — Local 1000's version of chapters.]
  • Voted to change CSEA bylaws to:
    • Remove restrictions on CSEA's ability to go into debt over and above the funds that are currently in its treasury without a 2/3 vote of General Council. (B&P 14/09)
    • Remove the requirement that payments on CSEA's real estate debts be limited to 5% of CSEA's income for the preceding 12 months. (B&P 14/09)
    • Remove the provision that Acts of the Executive Committee in conflict with the provisions of these Bylaws are void. (B&P 4/09)
    • Eliminate the provision that Membership in a chapter/DLC or in an affiliate confers membership in the Association. (B&P 6/09)
    • Eliminate the provision that A chapter's/DLC bylaws may not conflict with these Bylaws or the enactments of the General Council and to the extent that any such provision is in conflict, it is void. (B&P 6/09)
    • Removed restrictions on the ability of chapters/DLCs to take positions implying the endorsement of CSEA on civil service and CSU, retirement, pay schedules, conditions of employment of state employees or of employees of other governmental agencies, or relating to ballot propositions. (B&P 16/09)
    • Removed the requirement that Other than for an approved Association activity or a purely social activity, no member or chapter/DLC shall solicit contributions in the name of the Association or of any chapter/DLC or in such a manner as to imply endorsement bythe Association or chapter/DLC unless first approved by the Board of Directors. (B&P 16/09)
    • Eliminate Regions. Regions were geographical areas around the state which served as a local connection between the affiliates. (B&P 7/09)
  • Rejected a proposal to reduce the number of GC delegates from each chapter or DLC. CSEA delegates had previously approved holding General Council every 3 years, instead of every 2 years, which will cut costs by 1/3.
  • Rejected a proposal to investigate an affiliation with AFSCME [American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees] along with SEIU to form a stronger union.

Next GC in 2012

The next GC will meet in 2012. Current GC delegates remain delegates until new delegates are elected in 2012.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

CSUEU Endorses Jelincic and Shimada for CalPERS

CSUEU has endorsed JJ Jelincic and Kurato Shimada for seats on the CalPERS Board of Administration.

From CSUEU E-News:

CSUEU Announces CalPERS Board Endorsements

CSUEU has endorsed candidates for two at-large seats on the CalPERS Board of Administration: J.J. Jelincic for Seat A and Kurato Shimada for Seat B. CSUEU’s Board of Directors believes Jelincic and Shimada are the best qualified candidates to advocate on behalf of CSUEU-represented employees in CalPERS affairs.

Ballots will be mailed tomorrow and are due to CalPERS by October 2.

Jelincic, a CalPERS investment officer, has over 20 years of experience with the organization. Although he hasn’t held a CalPERS Board seat in the past, he’s known to CSUEU members as the two-term former president of the California State Employees Association.

Shimada, who is running for re-election, has served on the CalPERS board for 19 years. He has served as president of the California School Employees Association, which represents classified staff in public school districts, and was employed until retirement as Supervisor of Operations at the Oak Grove School District in San Jose. He chairs the CalPERS Benefits and Program Administration Committee, which makes recommendations to the CalPERS Board concerning retirement benefits and legislation.

The Board of Administration is comprised of 13 members. This year, the two at-large representatives’ seats are up for election. The successful candidates will hold their seats for four years and will join their colleagues in overseeing all business affairs of the world’s largest retirement system.


Monday, September 7, 2009

California Union Membership Up

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that

California unions gained 131,206 new members from July 2008 to June 2009, and the proportion of California workers belonging to unions has also jumped, according to a study being released today by UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

Some extracts from the report (emphasis ours):

  • [T]he more education workers had, the higher their unionization rate tended to be. Whereas decades ago the archetypal union member was a blue collar worker with limited education, today mid-level professionals are much more likely to be unionized than anyone else, especially in sectors like educational services and public administration. …[W]orkers in the educational services industry group alone made up over one-fourth of all unionized workers in the L.A. metropolitan area, the state of California, and the nation; similarly, public administration accounted for over one-eighth of union members in all three jurisdictions. Both these industry groups included relatively large numbers of college-educated workers, and … they had the highest unionization rates of all industry groups.
  • Union members … got paid about 20 percent more than nonunion workers in 2008-2009. In addition, union members also were far more likely to have access to benefits like retirement plans, medical insurance coverage, and paid sick leave than their nonunion counterparts.
  • [C]ontrary to the still conventional wisdom, men's unionization rate was not higher than that of women in either Los Angeles or in California. In California, the unionization rate for women was actually slightly higher than the unionization rate for men.
  • Unionization rates were highest for workers over 55 years old. … They were extremely low among the youngest workers, those aged 16-24, a pattern that was consistent across the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the state of California, and the nation. This age variation reflects the fact that unionized jobs, on the average, provide workers with substantially higher wages than do nonunion jobs. … Higher wages are typically associated with lower employee turnover, which generates an older workforce over time. In addition, unionized jobs generally offer more job security than nonunion jobs, which further reduces turnover and similarly contributes to an increase in the average age of unionized workers.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Compensation LMC Report

Here's the report from headquarters on the Compensation Labor Management Committee (LMC), which met for the first time on August 18:

In May, 2009, when CSUEU and CSU agreed to extend the 2007-2009 contract until June, 2011, the two parties agreed to establish a Labor Management Committee (LMC) on Long Term Compensation Strategy. This LMC held its first meeting on August 18, 2009, at the Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach. Representing CSUEU were the following LMC delegates:

  • Pat Gantt, President
  • Russell Kilday-Hicks, Vice President for Representation
  • Lori Williams, BU 2, San Luis Obispo
  • Mike Chavez, BU 5, Stanislaus
  • April Webster, BU 7, San Diego
  • Rocky Waters, BU 9, Humboldt
  • Teven Laxer, CSUEU staff assigned

Representing CSU were:

  • Sharyn Abernatha, Senior Manager, Employee and Labor Relations, Chancellor's Office
  • Pam Chapin, Director, Compensation and Benefits, Chancellor's Office
  • Karen Logue, Assistant Director, Human Resources, San Bernardino
  • Sandra Bufalini, Manager, Employment and Compensation, Pomona
  • Cathy Wilson, Manager, Classification and Three-Year Cycle, Fullerton
  • Lynn Marks, Manager, Classifcation and Compensation, Northridge

Also in attendance were CSUEU alternates Nancy Kobata, Ronnie Grant, Lynn Barba, Rocky Sanchez, and Joseph Dobzynski, as well as CSUEU Senior Labor Relations Representative Lois Kugelmass. Alternate Kenneth Oden was unable to attend.

LMC members identified several issues that they wished to discuss, not yet prioritized and set to be discussed in future meetings:

  • The overall structure of classification and compensation at the CSU
  • CSU's compensation philosophy
  • The movement of CSU employees through open salary ranges
  • Tools used to compensate CSU employees
  • Salary inversion
  • Training for CSU classifiers
  • The impact of PeopleSoft on CSU's support staff
  • The reclassification process

Two co-chairs were selected: CSUEU's April Webster and CSU's Karen Logue.

The LMC scheduled the following dates for future meetings, all tentatively set to take place at the Office of the Chancellor, except the November meeting, which will probably be held at Cal Poly Pomona:

  • September 30–October 1, 2009
  • November 2–3, 2009
  • January 12-13, 2010
  • March 9-10, 2010
  • May 3-4, 2010


Friday, September 4, 2009

Report on Meeting About CSU Systemwide IT Policy

CSU is working on a systemwide Information Technology (IT) policy, and CSUEU has met twice with the CSU to discuss it.

Here's the report from headquarters of the August 25 meeting:

On August 25, 2009, CSUEU met with CSU for the second time regarding the CSU's proposed IT security policy.

The CSU claimed that they received more than 1,000 comments on a draft policy that was issued in October, 2008. CSUEU met with the CSU about that draft in February, 2009. Many of CSUEU's suggestions were incorporated into a July, 2009, version that we reviewed during the August 25 meeting.

Representing CSUEU were Rich McGee (BU 9, San Bernardino), Alisandra Brewer (BU 9, Sonoma), Joseph Dobzynski (BU 9, Channel Islands), Matthew Black (BU 9, Long Beach), and Teven Laxer (CSUEU Senior Labor Relations Representative). Cheryl Washington (Interim Senior Director, Systemwide Information Security Management, Chancellor's Office), Sharyn Abernatha (Senior Manager, Employee and Labor Relations, Chancellor's Office) and Teresa Macklin (Information Security Officer, San Marcos) represented the CSU.

As a result of our meeting, the CSU agreed to make the following additional modifications to their proposed policy:

  • The policy will acknowledge that the CSUEU assisted in the development of the IT security policy (the latest draft had only acknowledged the input of faculty)
  • The policy will state that the CSU does not intend to monitor, restrict, or utilize the content of legitimate academic or organizational communications
  • The policy will acknowledge that the assignment of risk should be given to the appropriate administrator, not to any individual IT employee
  • There will be periodic review of risk assessments by appropriate administrators
  • In September, the CSU will review and modify its draft policy with additional organizations and will be issuing another draft policy shortly thereafter. CSUEU will review that draft as soon as it is released.
  • In addition to the discussion regarding the IT security policy, we reviewed and discussed a proposed Information Security Awareness Program which the CSU intends to provide to all employees who have access to sensitive information (Level I, Level II or protected data). The CSU agreed to the following modifications:
    • Salaries will not be considered protected information
    • There will be a discussion about the proper disposal of Level I data
    • The CSU agreed to remove language from one slide concerning specific applications (AIM, Yahoo Messenger) and web sites which gave the impression they would not be authorized
    • Security Awareness Training is neither a test nor a policy. It is only an assessment, and campuses are free either to use this training or to create their own

CSUEU will continue to keep you informed about these issues.

Some explanatory notes:

  • Level I data is also referred to as must-notify data — data which, if it is released/compromised, the person whose data it is must be notified. Accidental release of people's Social Security Numbers would be an example of a Level I incident.
  • Security Awareness Training refers to an annual self-paced online training about information security, which the CSU has been testing. A number of CSUEU activists statewide were instructed, as part of their jobs, to test-drive this training.
  • The Unit 9 activists working on this are all IT experts.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

GC Delegate Tips

Some tips for GC delegates arriving tomorrow or later tonight:

  • If you're driving:
    • The hotel has 2 pullouts for unloading your luggage:
      • On Flower Street (entrance to lobby level)
      • On Figueroa Street (entrance to 2nd floor)
    • Hotel parking is valet only.
      • This means handing over your keys to the valet parking people.
      • If you prefer to keep posession of your keys, park in one of the nearby parking garages. There's a list in your GC materials.
    • If you're parking at the hotel, unloading at the Flower Street entrance is a little easier than the Figueroa Street entrance.
      • Remember to unload everything, since you'll have to deal with the valet service to get so much as a book out of your car.
      • After you unload, pull forward to the underground parking garage entrance marked valet only.
  • A completely unscientific spot survey suggests the hotel rooms all have:
    • A refrigerator
    • A laptop safe in the nightstand


Air quality is decent for downtown LA. There's no smoke smell so far, though there's enough in the atmosphere to turn the sun red when it's low in the sky. The weather forecast calls for clear and smoky conditions tonight, and sunny and smoky tomorrow. The Station fire is at 147,418 acres as of the last report, and InciWeb shows an estimated containment date of September 15.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

GC Delegates: InsideCSUEU Twitter Feed Keeps You Updated

The InsideCSUEU Twitter feed will carry updates for CSUEU GC delegates throughout General Council. Already published:

The CSUEU office at GC is in the San Bernardino Room, 1st floor. The direct phone # to GC onsite CSUEU staff is 213-417-4272.

To receive these messages on your cell phone, send a text message from your phone to 40404 with the text: follow insidecsueu

Ronnie Grant, CSUEU Vice President for Organizing, publishes the InsideCSUEU Twitter feed and the InsideCSUEU blog.


Los Angeles Area Information for GC Delegates

We have a Los Angeles Area Information page up for people attending General Council (GC) this weekend. The page includes weather, transportation information, a custom map for GC delegates, and local attractions for those bringing their families. GC delegates can't expect to have time for exploring, but there's plenty for your family to do.

Smoke from Wildfires

Smoke from the Station fire north of Los Angeles has been affecting air quality in the region, though changing weather may improve the situation for downtown Los Angeles (where the GC hotel is). The fire is large (127,513 acres at last report), about 15 miles from our hotel, and will continue burning through GC.

If you're a GC delegate who would be seriously affected by the smoke, monitor the situation and be sure to bring any medications which may help.