Message from CSUEU President Neil Jacklin:
I’m certain you’re aware of the important statewide election taking place on Tuesday, November 3. If you’ve already voted, then “Thank you!”
Millions of dollars are being spent to support and oppose candidates and initiatives, but the final decision will be made by us, the voters. Some of us want to see things stay the same, and some of us would like to see some change. Either way, our voices won’t be heard if we don’t vote.
At the state legislature we have already seen the importance of electing candidates who support our issues such as pay equity, CSU budget accountability and employee working conditions. Our contract also gives our members the ability to request time off to vote, but the request needs to be made by Oct. 29.
Click here to view CSUEU's 2020 General Election endorsements.
As the California State University initiates several hundred layoffs of support staff this fall semester, San Francisco State University – facing 120 layoff notices – has borne the brunt of the pain. Our CSUEU Bargaining Team met with the CSU on Thursday (Oct. 8) to negotiate the impact of the layoffs, as provided by our union contract.
Our first demand was for Management to correct their egregious mistake of laying off 24 employees whose salaries are not drawn from the University general funds. SFSU cites a ‘lack of funds’ to justify the layoffs; eliminating grant-funded positions has no impact on the University’s bottom line.
“When layoffs were announced, our members and leaders mobilized in minutes and haven’t stopped. We’ve worked tirelessly, organizing protests and social media campaigns, speaking to the press, counseling affected employees. Our team proposal today will save jobs and reduce the impact of layoffs. Our chapter will continue to fight. Join us and let’s show the CSU we are unbreakable.” - Katie Murphy, CSU Steward and Academic Office Coordinator, Department of Communication Studies
Covered in face masks and waving picket signs, hundreds of union members took to the streets of Fullerton, San Francisco, and Sonoma on Saturday, Oct. 3 - joined by students and labor allies - to protest layoffs at the CSU.
Watch the video of our tri-city pickets and car caravan actions here.
Stationed at prominent intersections and even above a freeway overpass, the noisy protests drew media coverage and helped raise our message to the public: Why is the CSU laying off some 300 support staff in the middle of a pandemic even as it holds a $1.5 billion surplus?
Some state leaders have the same question. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), who has oversight over the state's subcommittee on education finance, wrote to Chancellor Timothy White last week expressing concern and asked for additional information regarding the CSU's finances.
CSUEU Sept. 18 eNews features:
UNION MEETINGS OPEN TO MEMBERSHIP
You must register to attend meetings via video-conference. Click on the Union Calendar to obtain Zoom links for meetings.
Board of Directors: Thursday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Every two weeks
Communications Committee: 6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. | First and Third Wednesday of Each Month
Click for the full Union Meeting Calendar