2018 in Legislative
Governor Brown’s veto of AB 1231 was a travesty.
As the author of the CSU Employees Union sponsored legislation, I can tell you there was no sound reason why AB 1231 shouldn’t become law. It is simple fairness to give CSU support staff well-earned, and long overdue, salary steps enjoyed by management and faculty as well as the vast majority of other state employees. I am so angry by this injustice, but getting mad isn’t enough. I want you to know that I have recommitted to this cause.
You are the employees who run the University. CSU students, faculty and administrators rely on you to get things done and your work should be respected and appreciated.
We may have suffered a temporary setback with this veto, but I must say that the CSU can’t ignore support staff anymore.
CSUEU was phenomenal in its work on AB 1231. Not only in its lobbying, but also the thousands of personal letters and emails that were sent to the Legislature. Your stories were honest and heartfelt, and both Democrats and Republicans were educated about this injustice and supported you in your struggle.
The CSU administration was also weakened in this fight.
Your actions made the CSU show its vulnerability and its culpability. The University was unable to refute CSUEU research that uncovered billions of dollars being held by the CSU in outside accounts, CSU profits made from employee lay-offs and furloughs, how long-term employees are being paid less than new hires, and a history of awarding yearly salary steps to management but not staff.
Hope is not lost. This battle is not over. This battle will be won.
Let us recommit ourselves, while reminding ourselves what history teaches us: that acts of injustice take multiple battles to overcome. If you’ve been standing on the sidelines, you can no longer be complacent. Let us recommit ourselves to supporting one another in this struggle, because together we are stronger. And finally, let us continue to care for one another, with the understanding that a harm done to you is also a harm done to me.
Later this fall, my staff and I will be working closely with your leadership to plan our strategy and next steps.
I hold the utmost respect for the work you do, and I want to thank you for standing with me in this struggle.
Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber
Dr. Weber, who serves on the Assembly Higher Education and Budget Committees, represents Assembly District 79 in San Diego. Along with authoring CSUEU-sponsored AB 1231, Dr. Weber carried CSUEU’s state audit that investigated the growth in CSU management and the CSU’s lack of budget accountability.
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