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Management Continues to Threaten Retirement Benefits

BARGAINING UPDATE #2 - February 21, 2017

The CSUEU bargaining team met with management Tuesday through Thursday, February 14, 15, and 16.

Following up on its “sunshine” proposals last month involving Articles 20 and 21, CSU management declared its intention to discuss employee contributions to pre-funding of retirement medical plans and extension of the time required for vesting in retirement medical plans. A potential long-term issue facing public employees, retirement medical plans have been a hot topic at bargaining tables with all state employee groups over the past year.

Management also voiced its intention to discuss increases in campus parking fees and mandatory employee contributions to CalPERS pension plans, the latter in the context of the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA).

However, management offered zero concrete proposals or details. The CSUEU bargaining team stood strong and asked tough questions regarding each of these topics.

CSUEU also proposed an employee rights-centered preamble to the collective bargaining agreement to highlight a mutual commitment to the importance of staff. Among the core values proposed by CSUEU in this document:

  • We believe in the right to a competitive compensation structure with predictable movement through the salary schedule.
  • We believe that employees should have an established career path that recognizes their knowledge, service and skills.
  • We believe employees should be valued and given priority consideration for promotional opportunities in our bargaining units.

The Contract Action Team (CAT) at the Office of the Chancellor Chapter 313 was engaged and ready to show the CSUEU spirit. Team members, led by Ariel McDaniels, Treasurer Peggy Walter, and other activists, tabled throughout the lunch hour on Wednesday and created heartfelt signs with a Valentine’s Day theme that they posted throughout various Office of the Chancellor facilities. The CAT team also ensured that there were plenty of bargaining session observers on Thursday, the key day of discussions with management.

Photos of bargaining activities are available on the CSUEU Facebook page. You can learn more about the members of the CSUEU bargaining team by visiting CSUEU’s recently launched contract campaign page at www.csueu.org/Bargaining2017.

Management’s team included representatives from the Office of the Chancellor, San Jose State University, and CSU San Bernardino.

The next bargaining sessions are scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, February 28 and March 1-2, at CSU East Bay.

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