Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chancellor's Dislike for Unions is Growing

The following letter was sent to CSU Chancellor Charles Reed after the CSU Chancellor crossed a picket line and conducted a closed-door meeting at a hotel in Long Beach which is listed by multiple labor unions on their "Do not patronize" list.


Dear Chancellor Reed:

As you know, the Closed Session on Executive Personnel Matters of the California State University Board of Trustees on Monday, March 21 is scheduled to take place at the Long Beach Hyatt Hotel. This is a hotel that is known to be listed on a union “Do Not Patronize” list.

As you also may be aware, we do not schedule events at hotels that have been placed on “Do Not Patronize” lists as an acknowledgement of our concern that these establishments may be engaging in harmful practices toward working Californians.

As statewide public officials who serve as ex officio members of the CSU Board of Trustees, we believe that the entire Board of Trustees should maintain an ongoing relationship of mutual respect between the University and its many union employees. Therefore, we are asking that the University not hold events at locations that are on “Do Not Patronize” lists.

Additionally, in these tough economic times, it would seem to make more sense for the University to utilize the meeting space at its headquarters, as it does in most other instances, rather than contract with any private entity for outside meeting space.

We appreciate your attention to this situation.

(Signed)
John Perez, Speaker of the Assembly,
Tom Torlakson, Superentendent of Public Instruction
Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor

The signed copy of the letter may be viewed here.

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