Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Rumors vs. Facts

The following email was sent to Sonoma State Chapter 304, where rumors have been running rampant. We suspect this is probably true at most campuses, so we share the message here:

Sisters and Brothers of CSUEU Chapter 304:

It's impossible to turn around anymore without hearing more doom and gloom about the budget. California is in an unprecedented crisis, and the education system continues to take hits. You all came together last summer and agreed to furloughs to help the CSU weather a huge financial hit.

Rumors have begun to fly regarding the 2010-2011 fiscal year. I want to clear the air and let you know what we actually know at this point.

1. The Governor's plan to cut civil service pay does not cover CSU employees. There are currently no plans by the CSU to adopt the Governor's recommendation of cutting civil service employee salaries. Our contract is closed until June 30, 2011 and so any changes would have to be agreed to by CSUEU.

2. The Chancellor's Office and CSUEU are not in any negotiations over furloughs for the next fiscal year. I've heard versions of this rumor in several forms, and, as a member of the Statewide Bargaining Team, I know that there are no discussions at this time. Yes, we continue to discuss the current furlough program of this year, and its ongoing impact and implications. The CSU has not approached your Union with any proposals for a system-wide budget mitigation plan for next year, nor would the Union instigate such discussions with the CSU. The furlough program ends on June 30th, 2010. It cannot be extended without bringing it back to the Union Bargaining Team, and we would, of course, bring any new CSU proposals to the general membership for your input again.

3. Layoffs. As of this morning, two campuses have noticed CSUEU of potential layoffs. One Unit 7 position at the Chancellor's Office and 86 Unit 5, 7 & 9 positions at CSU East Bay (and 54 non-CSUEU positions). Sonoma's management is still stating that they do not anticipate layoffs this fiscal year.

More information on these subjects (and more!) is available at:

If you have more questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact a steward. Our website continues to be

In Unity,

Alisandra Brewer
Bargaining Unit Council - Unit 9 Vice Chair
CSUEU - Chapter 304
Chief Steward

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