Without systemwide guidance from the CSU, individual campus administrations have been implementing different policies regarding the health and safety of employees as campuses initiate plans to return workers to campuses.
In a June 29 letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, CSUEU President Neil Jacklin criticizes the CSU for lacking systemwide COVID-19 guidelines resulting in inconsistent – or non-existing – employee safety measures. Read the letter here.
“The [CSU] Chancellor’s Office has been reluctant to create systemwide policies to protect the health of employees and students,” wrote Jacklin. “We are seeking your active intervention and assistance, and the engagement of legislative leaders responsible for providing oversight of CSU’s operations.”
The CSUEU Board of Directors will be meeting every other Thursday through the end of August via video conferencing, in compliance with the state’s social-distancing guidelines. The two-hour meetings, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., feature both open and closed sessions. All employees represented by the Union can join and observe Open Sessions, which start at 7 p.m.
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The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 2. Among the agenda items to be discussed in Open Session will be a Union resolution to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
As the state Legislature prepares to vote on a final 2020-21 budget agreement with Gov. Newsom, one line in the state budget stands out and is quite stunning:
“It is the intent of the Legislature that the California State University use its unrestricted reserves to mitigate the impacts of fiscal year-over-fiscal year ongoing General Fund reductions to this item.”
The Legislature has – for the first time – directed the CSU to use its unrestricted surplus of approximately $1.5 billion to alleviate budget cuts. Equally important, the Legislature has now formally acknowledged that the CSU surplus funds can be used for “ongoing” expenditures – something the CSU Chancellor’s Office and campus presidents have fervently denied.
Statement from CSUEU President Neil Jacklin:
The U.S. Supreme Court decision this week to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) intact, for now, brings much-needed hope to 650,000 recipients known as “Dreamers” whom the federal government has threatened to remove from the only home they know – America.
DACA, implemented by President Barack Obama eight years ago, protects undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Thousands of “Dreamers” are currently enrolled at the CSU, leading with intelligence, ingenuity, and perseverance, contributing to the diverse DNA of the institution.
As Support Staff, CSUEU members interact with DACA students on campuses every day. Indeed, some of our union members are DACA “Dreamers.” Our Union fully supports the program which allows qualified enrollees to work, study and remain in the United States on a renewable permit. And we applaud the 5-4 court decision which helps affirm our country’s continuing efforts to bring inclusion and opportunity for all.
UNION MEETINGS OPEN TO MEMBERSHIP
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Board of Directors: Thursday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Every two weeks
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