President’s Report to CSUEU Board of Directors: November 9, 2019 This has been a busy three months. There have been a lot of activities and a lot of planning that went into the preparation for this Board of Directors’ meeting. Legislative Vicky McLeod, David Bella Hawkins and I attended the SEIU Above and Beyond event held on June 25th, to recognize legislators that have made an extra effort to support labor. We nominated Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber for this recognition and she was recognized at this event for authorship of the bill and continued support of AB 369. In October, an email was sent out to the membership, informing everyone that this bill is being held in the Senate as a two-year bill and the Governor is giving the CSU one last chance to bargain in good faith and restore steps back into our contract. 2020 Bargaining We had an officer and committee meeting in October to discuss the 2020 Bargaining Campaign with all committee leaders including Organizing, Representation, Finance, Communications and Legislative. The Bargaining and Organizing campaigns were presented at the Board of Directors Workshop on Thursday. Sacramento Chapter 303 - Trusteeship In early September, I sent an email to the Board of Directors regarding placement of the Sacramento 303 Chapter into trusteeship, and my appointment of Pete Rauch as trustee. Since then, Pete has been working with the chapter leadership, has had meetings with the chapter and is working to find people that are willing to serve in chapter leadership positions on the executive board. The trusteeship was discussed in closed session and Pete Rauch will continue to serve as the trustee for Sacramento, Chapter 303. Executive Director Search I sent out a summary on October 21st of the steps we have taken to search, select, hire and retain an excellent candidate for the Executive Director position. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the Executive Director Search Committee and thank them for their commitment and time invested in securing this important position in our organization. At the time of the writing of this report, we were in the final stages of the search committee. Update: On November 8th, the Board of Directors voted to concur the search committee’s recommendation to hire Jim Philliou as CSUEU Executive Director. Cal-OSHA Update Since my last report, I had a follow-up meeting with Bob Senchy, an inspector from OSHA, and Catherine and I are following up and correcting any violations outlined in the report. The violations were related to ergonomics and our Hazardous Communication Program. Other Updates • We had a wonderful Labor Day picnic at Fresno State, where around 200 people showed up and enjoyed catered food and fellowship. We encouraged everyone to send letters to their legislators in support of AB 369. • An email went out to membership in October regarding the salary adjustments for executives and presidents of the CSU that range from $40,000 to over $100,000 each. In November, we will oppose these outlandish increases since the CSU states there are no funds available to support steps. If approved, these executive increases can amount to $800,000-$1,500,000 per year. • We had a Meet and Confer at the Chancellor’s Office regarding AB 119 (new employee orientation), and we came to an agreement which was sent out by Rocky Sanchez to the CSUEU Board of Directors, which described the process for recruiting members at new employee orientations. • In September, we had a staff meeting comprising executive officers and staff members that included training for the newer labor representatives. In the meeting, Rocky Sanchez and Brian Young presented a bargaining outline for this upcoming 2020 successor contract. Looking Forward As a result of the executive director’s search and a better understanding of my role as president, it has become apparent that our organization lacks clear mission and vision statements and organizational goals. I will be working to bring a professional consultant to facilitate a workshop at the March BOD that will help us develop these key building blocks which will help coalesce our organization and form the foundation for everything we do going forward. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the work of the union and in support of our members this year.