President, California State University Employees Union
Pat Gantt has served as president of the 14,500-member California State University Employees Union since 2003. Under his stewardship, the union continues to lead its members to activism on behalf of strong CSU budgets and related urgent issues. During his tenure, Gantt has negotiated a re-affiliation agreement with the Services Employees International Union that returned over $2 million in funds and rebated fees, and he has allied other unions and the CSU Office of the Chancellor to fight CSU budget cuts in recent state budgets.
Gantt, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in agricultural science from CSU Chico, has served since 1992 as an instructional support assistant for the psychology and biology departments at CSU Chico; he is currently on leave to pursue his union duties full-time. From 1980 to 1992, he held posts as livestock technician and manager of the dairy unit at the CSU Chico College of Agriculture University Farm.
Gantt has been involved in CSUEU activities for the last 20-plus years, serving as a steward and trainer, as a Representation Committee and bargaining team member, and as chair of Bargaining Unit 9 and the Communications Committee. In 1991, he was the main plaintiff in a class action lawsuit with over 200 employees that changed overtime rules in the CSU system, and since 1998 he has served as chair of the CSU Labor Council, comprised of all CSU unions.
Born and reared in Los Angeles, Gantt currently resides in Chico. He and his wife of 36 years, Ileana, a Spanish instructor at Butte College in Oroville, have two children, Erin and David, and one grandchild, Madison Marie.