The CSUEU bargaining team and CSU management met Monday through Wednesday, June 23-25, at the Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach.
Nearly two weeks ago, Gov. Brown and legislators sealed a 2014-15 state budget that failed to augment CSU funding by the $95 million that trustees had declared they needed for a compensation pool, among other pressing needs.
Early this week, hundreds of CSUEU-represented employees participated in a grassroots campaign to e-mail members of the CSU bargaining team with personal accounts of the difficulties that their families have endured as a result of stagnant wages over many years.
To his credit, CSU Chancellor White has now proposed that approximately $21 million be used for compensation out of existing funds. The CSU has proposed to use these funds for a salary increase, including dedicated funds for those in the lower half of their salary range, along with the beginning of a systemic fix to our broken compensation system. The proposed numbers are complex and will require study and verification on the part of the bargaining team.
The two sides reached tentative agreement on Articles 5 (Union Rights), 12 (Corrective Action), 19 (Overtime), 25 (Non-Discrimination), and 26 (Cruise Employees), with improvements on language. Such agreements remain subject to change until the entire contract is approved.
The CSUEU team passed proposals on Articles 7 (Grievance Procedure), 10 (Employee Performance), 15 (Leaves of Absence with Pay), and 18 (Hours of Work), as well as a side letter on the prevention of workplace bullying.
The CSUEU and CSU tentatively agreed to maintain the status quo (making no changes) on Articles 1, 4, 6, 11, 13, 16, 22, 23, 24, 27, and 28.
Since the current contract expires on June 30 and negotiations will continue into July, both parties have agreed to a contract extension up to the end of July. All terms of the current agreement will remain in effect until then.
Negotiations will resume on July 17-18, 23-25, and 30-August 1 at locations to be determined.
“We are disappointed that the governor chose to give no funding augmentation to the CSU,” said CSUEU VP for Representation Alisandra Brewer. “However, Chancellor White appears to have heard your voices. He knows that ‘no raises’ is unacceptable.”
She added, “Management also appears to have heard our concerns about the broken compensation system. We are evaluating the remediation ideas they presented this week and will respond in July. Thank you to all of you who raised your voices and helped ‘Take a Stand!’ We’re not done yet!”
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