Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CFA and CSU Reach Agreement

The California Faculty Association (CFA), which represents CSU Bargaining Unit 3, described as instructional faculty, coaches, librarians, and counselors in the CSU, has announced a contract agreement with the CSU.

If ratified by both CFA members and the CSU Board of Trustees, the contract will be in effect through June 30, 2014.


Live Streaming Now: San Bernardino Budget Meeting

CSU San Bernardino is about to start its live WebCast of its University Budget Advisory Council:

Outgoing CSUSB President Albert K. Karnig is expected to head this last budget discussion before retiring and being replaced by someone the CSU Board of Trustees evidently decided was 10% more valuable.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Trustees Meeting News Coverage Roundup

Yesterday's decision by the CSU Board of Trustees to raise campus presidents' pay — while simultaneously contemplating tuition increases, enrollment cuts, staff and faculty pay cuts, and layoffs — garnered plenty of media attention. Here's a roundup of some of the coverage we found.

A Few Excerpts

(Read these if you've time for nothing else.)

From KQED:

Pushing against the limits they set a few months ago, California State University trustees have given the maximum allowable salaries to two new campus presidents, and nearly the maximum for one more.

Big salaries offered to presidents have drawn criticism at a time when the university system has cut back on course offerings and hiked tuition. So in May, the trustees approved a policy limiting the salaries of new presidents to 10 percent more than their predecessors' salaries. The extra 10 percent has to come from private foundations.

On Tuesday, the trustees immediately zoomed to that maximum.

From LA Weekly:

…And that's just base pay. To get a better idea of their total salary package, all benefits included, consider this: IRS records showed that the CSU Los Angeles president, who had a university-reported salary of $325,000 last year, actually made $515,612.

From the Associated Press via the Monterey County Herald:

[Assistant Vice Chancellor Robert] Turnage outlined a series of options to close the deficits, including tuition increases, layoffs, enrollment cuts and employee pay reductions.

The President of CSUEU's Fresno Chapter captured a key problem with the Trustees' actions for KGPE, CBS 47 Fresno:

Nancy Kobata, president of the staff union at Fresno State said, "Staff have been cut, we've had layoffs, we've had two rounds of layoffs here in Fresno and we're down to the bone."

Kobata says the raises send mixed messages to voters who will vote in November on a proposed tax hike critical to Governor Brown's plan for state funding. "It really sends the wrong message to the public in general that we have all this extra money lying around that we can pay these people these kinds of salaries," said Kobata.

From the San Jose Mercury News, quoting one of yesterday's most devastating student speakers:

"I held onto that dream that college would get me out of poverty," said Cal State Northridge student Raiza Arias, who said she picks grapes to afford school. "It's a false dream you're giving us. I'm essentially homeless, living out of a sleeping bag."

From the Los Angeles Times:

…Nakia Brazier, who will be a graduate student in sociology at Cal State Los Angeles in the fall, wasn't swayed and called on the presidents to reject the extra compensation.

"If you believe in the promise of public higher education, do not take the pay raises," she said, as several campus presidents and trustees looked on.

Links mentioned above:

Even more links:

Accounting Classifications Bargaining Today and Tomorrow

Today and tomorrow, CSUEU is at the Chancellor's Office to continue bargaining over much-needed updates to the accounting classifications. Accounting classifications occur in both Units 7 and 9: the Accountant series is in Unit 9, and the Accounting Technician series and Accounting Clerk classifications are in Unit 7.

Yesterday John Orr, Chair of Bargaining Unit 7, addressed the Board of Trustees regarding the impact of the outdated Accounting Clerk classification. As he described it:

It's a classification that exists from the time we used cash registers, and that financial transactions were done on paper. Today that's not the way things are done.

He pointed out there are only 14 Accounting Clerks in the entire CSU system, clustered at just 6 campuses plus the Chancellor's Office. As he put it:

The reason they only exist on those campuses is not because the other campuses don't have that work. It's that at the other campuses, that work's being done by Account Tech I, which is a higher classification.

Addressing the presidents of those 6 campuses directly, he implored them to talk to their HR departments and reclassify the few staff still in Accounting Clerk positions so as to eliminate the classification.


Trustees Raise President Pay While Contemplating Employee Pay Cuts, Layoffs

The CSU Board of Trustees met yesterday, approving more pay raises for campus presidents while contemplating tuition increases, employee pay cuts, and eliminating more staff and faculty.

Presidential Pay Increases

Trustees approved higher pay for three campus presidents. In addition to high base salaries and various augementations, campus presidents all receive either free housing or $50,000-60,000 annual housing supplements, $12,000 annual car allowances, and "executive" health care.

In an interview with CBS 5 (San Francisco), San Francisco State University Vice President Robert Nava called the incoming campus president's $26,251 augmentation (to a $298,749 base salary) a very small amount.

Speakers addressing the Board repeatedly urged them to stop raising already-high executive salaries, stating this gives the impression the CSU must have plenty of money and undermines the governor's November ballot initiative.

CSU Finances

After praising and approving the latest round of presidential pay raises, Trustees heard a presentation about various budget scenarios and options for handling them, including tuition increases, layoffs, enrollment cuts and employee pay reductions.

CSUEU Unit 9 Chair Rich McGee addressed the Board, relating the very real harm to employees from past pay cuts during furloughs. He described getting phone calls asking Rich, what do I do when I can't afford to pay my bills this month? (This is the context of the partial quote in the San Francisco Chronicle article.)

Two CSUEU speakers addressing the Trustees were shown in ABC7's evening news video, CSU board approves pay hikes despite protest. Rich McGee appears at 2:15 in the clip, describing the hardships faced by employees under previous pay cuts, including some who lost their homes. Mike Chavez, Chair of Bargaining Unit 5, also appears at 0:43, pointing out "We're all taking a hit."

Faculty Protest

Faculty protested outside the meeting, and urged transparency and prioritization of education during the public comment period.

Endorsement of Governor's Funding Initiative

The Board voted to support Governor Brown's Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012, which will appear on the November ballot. The failure of this initiative would trigger another $250 million cut to the CSU.

Some speakers addressing the board asked what specifically the CSU would do to support the initiative and get the word out about its importance, expressing their readiness to pound the pavement and work with the CSU to get the initiative passed. Their query was not answered.

Plenary Session Outtakes

Chancellor Reed, stating This is maybe dangerous but I want to do this, called critics of extravagent executive pay totally wrong and again mentioned that presidents raise money as part of the job.

Board of Trustees Chair Linscheid took time out to share a sports report about CSU Chico. As CSUEU Vice President for Representation Alisandra Brewer put it, Rome burns but at least his team won.

Linscheid also introduced and welcomed the two new Trustees attending their first meeting. Lupe Garcia stated she was taking everything in and looked forward to serving. Hugo Morales taught in the 70's in La Raza Studies at CSU Fresno and cited his history of working with campus president Welty.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Trustees Plenary Session Starts Early at 3

The Plenary session of today's Board of Trustees meeting was set to begin at 4:00 p.m., according to the published agenda. The Board has concluded its various committee meetings and will begin the Plenary session early at 3:00 p.m.

Listen to the live audio here:


Listen to the Board of Trustees Now

As a reminder, the CSU Board of Trustees is meeting today. The meeting continues, and you can listen to live audio here:

The current emphasis is on the fiscal situation and related continency planning. This is worth listening to, and the relevant documents are worth reviewing.


Saturday, July 7, 2012

CSEA Member Benefits Meeting Agenda

The CSEA Member Benefits Committee meets today. Here is the agenda:

Second 2012 Member Benfits Committee Meeting

Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza
300 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 446-0100

July 7, 2012

[Hotel room and parking rates, and airport shuttle information deleted for this post]

  1. Call to Order at 9 a.m. by Chair Rosmaire M. Duffy.
  2. Pledge of Allegiance.
  3. Roll Call:
    • Rosmaire M. Duffy, Chair, Chapter 503
    • Caryl Cole, Chapter 12
    • Marie K. Harder, DLC 762
    • Richard McGee, Chapter 320
    • Peggy O'Neil-Rosales, Chapter 315
    • Pamela Robison, Chapter 503
    • Barbara A. Wilson, Chapter 2

    • Officer Assigned:  Donna Snodgrass

    • Staff Assigned:   Kay Thomas, Director of Member Benefits
      Lisa Fong, Program Specialist
  4. Introductions
  5. Approval of First 2012 Member Benefits Committee Meeting Minutes
  6. Remarks of Chair
  7. Remarks of Officer Assigned
  8. Remarks of Staff Assigned
  9. Annual Review of CSEA Sponsored or Endorsed Insurance Plans:
    1. Group Term Life Insurance Plan — Anthem Life Insurance Company
    2. Group Ordinary Life Insurance Plan — Anthem Life Insurance Company
    3. Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Plan — New York Life Insurance Company
    4. Disability Income Insurance Plans (Short Term and Long Term) — New York Life Insurance Company
    5. Cancer Insurance Plans — Monumental Life Insurance Company
    6. Family Life Insurance Plan — American United Life Insurance Company
    7. Legal Plan — Legal Club of America
    8. Auto and Homeowners Insurance Pland — Unitrin Direct preferred insurance
    9. Emergency Assistance Plus Plan (EA+) — OnCall International
    10. 24PetWatch Pet Insurance Plan — Pethealth Incorporated
    11. Comprehensive Accident Plan (CAP) — Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company
    12. Travel Accident Insurance Plan — New York Like Insurance Company
      [Editor's note: we suspect this is really New York Life Insurance Company, but "Like" is what our copy said.]
  10. Old Business:
    1. Affirmation of the Auto Insurance Plan — Request for Proposal (RFP)
    2. Final Expense Life Insurance Plan (Burial Insurance)
  11. New Business:
    1. Hearing Aid Benefit
  12. Information Items:
    1. Discount Programs and Travel Programs
    2. Direct Ticket Sales
    3. Purchasing Power Report
    4. Marketing and Electronic Communications Annual Report
  13. Unscheduled Items
  14. Adjournment


CSUEU members are eligible for CSEA Member Benefits, because CSUEU is an affiliate of CSEA. Member Benefits is funded by the programs offered, not member dues. Rich McGee (Chapter 320, San Bernardino) and Peggy O'Neil-Rosales (Chapter 315, Long Beach) serve as CSUEU's representatives on the CSEA Member Benefits Committee.


There is a city parking garage next to the hotel (this is what the hotel uses for "self park"). The easiest way is to pull into the hotel parking lot from 3rd Street, then turn right across a tiny bridge to the city garage (the Downtown Plaza West Garage).
Parking rates:

  • $1.25 each half hour for first two hours
  • $1.50 each additional half hour
  • $15.00 daily maximum charge


Sunday, July 1, 2012

BUC 9 Election Results

A new Bargaining Unit Council (BUC) 9 was elected this afternoon:

ChairRich McGeeSan Bernardino
Vice ChairSusan SmithFullerton
At-large memberMatthew BlackLong Beach
At-large memberKen JonesFresno
At-large memberGus LeonardMonterey Bay
At-large memberRicardo UcSan Luis Obispo
At-large memberChristina ValeroSan Francisco
At-large memberRocky WatersHumboldt

Welcome to all the new BUC 9 members!

Note: this does point to at least one error in the list of chapter Bargaining Unit Representatives (BURs) posted to Unit 9 News on June 27. That list was received from the CSUEU officer in charge of the elections, and posted as received. We will check, and post an updated list later this week.

Statewide Officer Election Results (Unofficial)

Here are the unofficial election results from this morning's elections for statewide officers:

OfficeWinning candidate
PresidentPat Gantt
Vice President for OrganizingMichael Geck
Vice President for FinanceLoretta Seva'aetasi
Vice President for RepresentationAlisandra Brewer

A one-hour protest period is in effect. If there are no protests during that time, the election results will become final.

Bargaining Unit Council (BUC) elections then begin.


The protest period has ended, and there were no protests filed.

BUC elections are now scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.