CSUEU Announces Implementation of New Reprographics Specialist Series
August 26, 2010
CSUEU is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the meet and confer process with the Chancellor’s Office, resulting in the creation and implementation of a Reprographics Specialist classification for employees working in campus print shops. The specifications for the reprographics series have now been updated into the 21st century.
Initiated by rank and file print shop workers, the development of this series has spanned nearly 11 years as both sides have sought to understand the complexities of the rapidly changing technologies in use in the print shops and the effect that these new technological advances have had on the job duties of members who work in the printing industry. The result of this extensive work is the introduction of four new job classifications in the Reprographics Specialist Series, each with an associated salary range and its own set of job duties.
These job classifications will go into effect on October 1, when employees working in CSU print shops will be slotted into the appropriate new classifications in accordance with the job duties they currently perform. Employees who work in job classifications other than those normally associated with the print shop but who work principally in the print shop will be offered a chance to move into the appropriate new Reprographics Specialist classification or may choose to be “grandfathered” and remain in their current classification if they prefer to do so.
After the initial transition into the new Reprographics Series, employees will be given the opportunity to submit individual reclassification requests if they feel that their particular job duties should have resulted in movement into a different classification. The agreement calls for all such reclassification requests to be expedited, with a response promised within 120 days.
Highlights of the new series are:
- The salary ranges have been brought more closely into alignment with current market values
- There will be better opportunities for reclassifications
- References to obsolete equipment no longer used in our print shops have been removed
- There are now four classifications instead of the dozen or more formerly used, many of which no longer apply to actual job duties performed by our members
- Agreement has been reached that initial reclassification requests will be expedited over 120 instead of 180 days.
The CSUEU committee that was brought together starting last fall for the most recent series of meet and confers recognizes that there has been little to no movement through the salary ranges for most CSU employees for many years. We will continue to address that problem in a series of ongoing meetings, attempting to restore movement through the salary range in a planned, appropriate manner. In the meantime, there will now be accurate specifications and recognition for the years of work by the print shop workers.
CSUEU continues to work on revising job descriptions for many other classifications, remaking them into true reflections of the many changes which have altered the actual job duties being performed by our members in their many different positions. We are hoping to eliminate the “catch-all” classifications within which many of our members currently find themselves and replace them with more accurate classifications which better describe their job duties. We additionally hope to afford an opportunity to rebuild appropriate pay ranges for the work which our members perform. The new Reprographics Series is a solid step in that direction.
CSUEU wishes to thank the many people who have contributed generously to the success of this reclassification attempt over the many years during which negotiations have been conducted.
Read the side letter (PDF).
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