Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Board of Trustees Meeting May 2016

The CSU Board of Trustees meets today and tomorrow in open sessions, estimated to begin at 10 a.m. today. You can watch the Trustees meetings online.

The meeting began yesterday in closed session for executive personnel matters, and today's closed sessions include more time for executive personnel matters, as well as litigation and collective bargaining.

Among the agenda items for the open sessions are:

  • Ratification of the faculty contract
  • Adoption of an initial bargaining proposal for Unit 11 (Academic Student Employees, represented by United Auto Workers)
  • Increase the chancellor's authority to approve capital outlay projects, including:
    • Capital outlay budget and scope of projects with a value of $5 million or less
    • Schematic design of new buildings or additions with a value of $5 million or less
    • Schematic design of all remodel and utilitarian projects, regardless of cost, unless the design is architecturally significant or includes significant unavoidable environmental impacts
  • Construction of a financial trading center in an existing building at Fullerton ($1,044,000)
  • A deal for Channel Islands to sell 386 apartments and some retail space for $81,000,000, with a lease-back provision for some apartments
  • CSU 2016-2017 budget

Unit 9 Council Chair Rich McGee, and Vice Chair Ricardo Uc, are both scheduled to address the Committee on Collective Bargaining today and the Plenary session tomorrow.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Last Day to Register (or Update Your Registration) for California Presidential Primary

Today is the last day to register (or re-register) to vote in California's June 7 presidential primary. You can do this online.

Requirements for Voting in a Party Primary:

  • To vote in the Democratic primary, you must be registered either as a Democrat or "no party preference" (NPP), formerly known as "decline-to-state".
  • To vote in the Republican primary, you must be registered as a Republican.
  • You can update your political party preference using the online voter registration form.

A Few More Things to Know:

  • Some Californians registered for a political party with "Independant" in the name, when they meant to register as "no party preference". If that's you, you can change your party preference using the online voter registration form.
  • Online voter registration is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
  • Students can register using their home or school address.
  • If you prefer a paper voter registration application, check your local library, county elections office, DMV, or post office. Paper applications must be postmarked today, or hand-delivered to your county elections office, in order to meet the deadline for voting in the June 7 primary.
  • Three parties (the Democratic Party, the Libertarian Party, and the American Independent Party) allow NPP voters to vote in their California presidential primaries. NPP voters must specifically request a ballot for one of these parties; by default, they receive a non-partisan ballot without presidential candidates.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Bargaining Unit Council 9 (BUC 9) Report: March 2016 Meeting

Bargaining Unit Council 9 (BUC 9) met on Friday, March 11, in Long Beach, as part of the Board of Directors meeting. Here is the Chair's report:

CSUEU Bargaining Unit Council (BUC) 9
March 2016 Meeting
Long Beach, California

Unit 9 Council Members in Attendance:

  • Rich McGee (San Bernardino)
  • Ricardo Uc (San Luis Obispo)
  • Steve Sloan (San Jose)
  • Matthew Kay (Sacramento)
  • Ken Jones (Fresno)
  • Gloria Allen (Sonoma)
  • Saul Sanchez (San Diego)

Lori Williams, Susan Smith, Joseph Jelincic (staff)

New Classification Proposal

Lori Williams, from the Classification Committee, secured the BUC's approval to begin the process of proposing a new employee classification for Instructional Designers. Currently instructional designers are classified as Information Technology Consultants (ITC's).

Exempt Employees and Fixed Schedules

Exempt employees are increasingly being told by their managers that the manager can set "core hours" of 8 am to 5 pm. This is false, and such attempts should be challenged as contract violations under Article 18.7:

18.7     For exempt classifications, there are no fixed, minimum or maximum hours in a workday or workweek.
Data Access

An employee asked a question about staff participation in management data access requests. The manager instructed a Unit 9 Information Technology employee to download and review a deceased campus employee's work e-mail messages, in order to pull out specific messages related to university business. Such a task is within the scope of Unit 9 work, even if it may be uncomfortable, and is an appropriate work assignment.

Managers Performing Bargaining Unit Work

Managers may perform bargaining unit work in "de minimis" (insignificant) amounts, generally considered to be 6-8 minutes per week. Managers performing bargaining unit work continues to be a problem within Unit 9. When it happens, it should be challenged with a grievance citing Article 17.5:

17.5     Appropriate administrators may occasionally perform Bargaining Unit work on a minimal basis for reasons which include, but are not limited to: instructing employees, emergencies, developing new methods and procedures, and safety.

Managers can manage projects without infringing on bargaining unit work.

Contract Bargaining Preparation

Susan Smith, Vice President for Representation, reminded us all that full contract bargaining starts in only 9 months. She is asking each bargaining unit to develop at least 5 survey questions about bargaining goals, not including Article 20 (Salary). If you have ideas for bargaining survey questions, or contract sections which need clarification or improvement, please send your suggestions via e-mail to the Unit 9 chair at csueu.unit9@gmail.com.

A separate BUC meeting will be held later to discuss bargaining in depth.

Steward Training

Susan Smith has asked us to investigate options for putting part of the training for new stewards online. If implemented, the goal is to have such an approach tested and ready to use at the start of the next contract (2017), or approximately 18 months from now.

Three more steward trainings are being planned for the current contract. Locations and dates are not yet determined.

Information for New BUC Members

Since there are several new members on the Unit 9 Council, we reviewed the meet and confer process, as well as the different leave time types and associated campus and union procedures.

Gender Equity Study

Gloria Allen provided an update into the Unit 9 gender equity study, which is in the preliminary stages.

Classification and Qualification Standards (CQS) Readily Available Again

Many thanks to headquarters staff, who have placed a copy of the CQS documents in the "Library" folder on CSUEU's web site, www.csueu.org. The Chancellor's Office recently put CQS documents and tech letters, which had been publicly available, behind a login. It should be assumed that they are monitoring who views those documents.

Respectfully submitted,

Rich McGee
Chair, CSUEU Bargaining Unit 9

Some Notes On This Report
  • The CQS documents do not currently appear in the top level listing of the Library on the CSUEU web site. To find them, use the menu on the left side of the Library listing and select (click on) the "On the Job - Know Your Rights" section. Then select "CQS" and finally "BU 9". Ta-da! You have CQS documents.
  • The document Library on the CSUEU web site can be reached from a link under the "Resources" section of the site's navigation menu at the top of every page. We mention this in case you mysteriously do not have this report and its embedded link in front of you when you're researching classificatons.
  • In the format conversion of this report to the document submitted, some minor typos were introduced, which are corrected for readability here. No language was changed; only punctuation, minor formatting, a typo in the middle of a word, and some capitalization.