Dear CSUEU-Represented Colleagues,
The CSU trustees were presented with a variety of budget scenarios on July 17 at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting. They made no decisions, and they seem to be tracking toward action to be taken in September. Read the full CSU presentation (PDF).
Some of the scenarios call for cuts in staff positions or salary or increased payment for benefits from employees.
These cuts and related changes are neither unavoidable nor imminent. All of these items must be bargained with the CSUEU on behalf of our represented employees. Many of these items are contingent of the result of the Prop. 30 tax measure vote in the November 6 election.
The suggestion of layoffs, salary cuts or increased cost sharing should motivate everyone to work on making sure that the governor’s tax measure passes this November, as well as paying close attention to how each campus deals with their budget issues.
If Prop. 30 fails, an automatic $250 million trigger cut will occur, and, if that happens, CSU is not ruling out future tuition increases and enrollment cuts, along with impacts on employee groups.
The hint at salary reductions may be cloaked way of suggesting furloughs again, but there have been no formal suggestions or proposals on furloughs from the CSU yet.
CSUEU wants to make sure that every one of its members understands the issues and votes in the November 6 election. We must push hard to pass the governor’s tax measure to avoid a $250 million cut, thereby limiting impacts on our bargaining units. CSUEU supports this proposal, and I hope you will support it, too.