It’s time to launch this year’s campaign to restore salary steps by writing your letters to the State Assembly! You’ll recall a salary step is an incremental merit increase in salary that employees receive based on satisfactory evaluations. Assembly Bill 369, legislation sponsored by CSUEU and authored by Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) to restore salary steps for CSU support staff, gets it first of many hearings in March. SEIU State Council and the Teamsters are co-sponsors of this bill. With more than a dozen new legislators elected in November, we now begin our grassroots effort to reach out and educate every Assemblymember over the next two weeks. The first hearing will be held by the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. Assemblymembers need to know the unfairness that drives AB 369, facts such as the CSU is the only California state agency that eliminated salary steps for its employees and remains the only state agency that does not provide salary steps. Every letter counts so make sure to get yours in! The CSU administration will be fighting hard this year to oppose our bill! Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting started: 1. Type or hand-write your AB 369 support letter. 2. Use CSUEU talking points but do not simply cut and paste the sample letter, found here . 3. It is critical to “stay on message” but also to personalize your letter such as incorporating your personal story of not progressing through your salary range. Go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ to find your state Assemblymember. 4. Turn in your letter to your Chapter Leadership by March 20. Find your chapter leaders here: www.csueu.org/about/get-connected/chapter-presidents CSUEU members moved mountains and successfully got the state Legislature to pass a similar bill last year; it was vetoed by then-Gov. Brown. Make sure to sign up to receive important updates via email or text messaging. With a new governor, can we do it again? Of course we can! You can lift up our #StrongerTogether efforts by joining or renewing your union membership with CSUEU today! If you haven’t already, sign up to be a PAC member and help our union succeed in important political advocacy campaigns.