CSUEU E-NEWS: December 15, 2016

The bargaining team thanks everyone who took the recent survey, the Sonoma chapter launches an Adopt-A-Student program, the annual "In Memoriam" feature honors members who passed away in 2016, and more...

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Employees Across the CSU Complete the CSUEU Bargaining Survey

Thousands of CSUEU-represented employees from throughout the CSU system have completed CSUEU bargaining surveys. CSUEU will start full contract negotiations with CSU management in February 2017, as the current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire on June 30, 2017. 

These surveys help guide the CSUEU bargaining team by highlighting what currently works, what doesn’t work, and what is important to our members. 

“We very much appreciate everyone’s participation,” said Vice President for Representation Susan Smith. “The feedback collected from the survey answers is invaluable to the team. We use the information to help develop our bargaining goals, priorities, and strategies.”

To keep up with bargaining, you can sign up for bargaining e-mail alerts at Stay engaged and informed!

In Memoriam
Honoring CSUEU members who passed away in 2016

  • Michael Brandt
    Sheila Barela was an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist at CSU Bakersfield
  • Michael Brandt was an administrative support coordinator at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Deb Corey was a former CSU San Marcos employee
  • Gus Lease was a long-time music professor at San Jose State
  • Pauline Robinson supported the CSU Dominguez Hills accounting department for 26 years before retiring in 2005
  • Calder Young was a groundskeeper at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Sonoma State Chapter Launches Adopt-a-Student Program
By Sonoma State Chapter 304 President Gina Voight

Dena, Gina, and Alisandra Brewer with donations
Dena and Gina with donations

A couple months ago, Sonoma State Chapter 304 agreed to inaugurate an Adopt-A-Student/Staff program for the holidays, designed to assist students or staff in need over the holidays.

I asked Unit 7 Steward Dena Peacock if she would pilot the program. She graciously stepped up to the plate and organized donations. With the assistance of the campus Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Outreach offices, she identified seven students who have no homes to go to during the holiday break, when there are no services provided on campus. As of press time, no one had come forward with a staff family in need.

Chapter members donated gift cards, groceries, socks, blankets, and a huge number of other items to make these students’ holidays just a little better. Right up until last Tuesday’s donation deadline, Dena was receiving phone calls from members asking if they could still contribute. On Tuesday, we delivered many donated baskets of goodies to the EOP office for distribution.

Way to rock, CSUEU Sonoma!

San Bernardino Chapter President Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to Rob Garcia, president of CSU San Bernardino Chapter 320! On December 2, he received a letter from campus President Tomas Morales informing him that he had been awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to volunteer service and for his contributions to the success of the campus’ Latino Organization & Advocacy Days (LEAD) Organization.

“Thanks to the work you and others are doing, CSUSB is at the center of the nation’s efforts to improve educational programs and outcomes for Latino students,” said Morales.

Rob, an information technology consultant, has served as a chapter steward and president as well as member of the statewide CSUEU Communications Committee. For the last 15-plus years, he’s been an active campus volunteer helping to build the CSUSB LEAD Organization, among many other commitments. His efforts have not gone unrecognized, as evidenced by his other campus awards over the years:

  • 2012 - Golden Apple Award - Outstanding Employee Award
  • 2011 - CSUSB President’s Outstanding Employee of the Year Award
  • 2010 - CSUSB President’s Team Achievement Award (LEAD Summit)
  • 2003 - College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Employee of the Year

Kudos, Rob!

CSUEU Staff Members Rally for the Fight for $15

On Nov. 29, several CSUEU staff members demonstrated at San Francisco Airport for the Fight for 15 and Black Lives Matter. Tens of thousands of fast-food workers, home care workers and childcare employees in 340 cities participated in the National Day of Disruption, marking the fourth anniversary of the movement to raise wages.

Seen here, from left, are CSUEU Attorney Nancy Yamada, SEIU 1000 organizer Dave Smith, CSUEU Sr. Labor Relations Representative Magali Kincaid, and retired SLRR Lois Kugelmass.

See a Facebook gallery of rally photos.

Contest: Identify the Campus

In selected editions of CSUEU E-News, we've been showing photographs of different campuses and have invited readers to identify the campus.

The photo in the December 1 edition depicted the 1.3-acre George and Sakaye Aratani Japanese Garden at Cal Poly Pomona. This peaceful oasis features a large reflection pond, a cascading waterfall, walkways, and a small amphitheater. It’s named after George Aratani, chairman emeritus of Mikasa and Kenwood Americas, and his wife, Sakaye, who donated $300,000 toward building the garden. Takeo Uesugi, professor of landscape architecture at Cal Poly Pomona, was the designer.

Cal Poly Pomona Chapter 319 member Susan Yates points out that Cal State Long Beach donated koi from its own Japanese garden to get the koi population in the Aratani Garden started. Turtles from the Cal Poly Pomona duck pond have migrated down to inhabit the Aratani Garden pond, which is 1½ football fields away. Thanks for the info, Susan!

Winners this week:

  • Derrick Koh, San Jose State Chapter 307
  • Glenn Alejandro and Lily Legarda, CSU Northridge Chapter 312
  • Arlene Castillo, San Diego State Chapter 318

Congratulations to all!

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