2018 in Legislative
Governor Brown’s decision today to not sign AB 1231 (Weber) into law is a crushing disappointment for the thousands of CSU employees who were counting on the governor to restore fairness to an unjust pay system that treats support staff as second-class citizens.
The bill, sponsored by our Union and supported by a dozen other statewide labor organizations with employees at the CSU, won strong bi-partisan support from both chambers of the state Legislature. Our argument was irrefutable: All other state employees in California receive salary steps. Why not us?
We submitted thousands of personal testimonials to support AB 1231, authored by Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego). We flooded legislators’ email boxes. We knocked on every door at the Capitol. We were relentless. But we fell just one signature short.
We can say with pride we did everything we could. And we are not done. We are not giving up; we will pursue all avenues to challenge the CSU to restore fairness to all its employees. We didn’t succeed with AB 1231, but everyone who participated in the campaign should know your activism mattered.
Read the governor's message.
We thank Assemblymember Weber for her courage and leadership in championing fairness for CSU workers. And a special salute to members of the CSUEU Legislative Committee, its Chair Kim Harrington and Legislative Director David Balla-Hawkins. They worked tirelessly to develop our strategies and lobby for the bill. We are also grateful to our affiliate, SEIU, for their assistance in this effort.
Our vigilance of holding management accountable has put the CSU on notice. As a result of CSUEU’s legislative efforts, the state is more closely examining the CSU system of budget and finance, uncapped growth in management positions and salaries, multibillion-dollar outside accounts, and campus health and safety standards.
Furthermore, when we negotiate our next contract, we will make sure that a representative from the governor’s office is present to monitor CSU management’s actions – something the CSU has consistently prevented from happening but is part of labor laws.
Because of our year-long work on AB 1231, we are more prepared for the next battle. Rest assured this is not the end. The fight will continue.
Thank you to All.
Health & Safety Campaign