CSUEU E-NEWS: February 9, 2017

Bargaining for the next CSUEU/CSU contract has begun, learn more about your bargaining team members, and more...

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CSU Seeks Changes in Benefits and Layoffs

Full contract bargaining has kicked off with an exchange of outlines of the union’s and CSU’s respective bargaining proposals. This exchange of initial proposals, known as the sunshine process, is required before the parties meet face-to-face at the bargaining table.

The CSU administration’s sunshine proposal seeks to make yet-to-be-disclosed changes to the benefits and layoff sections of the contract, among other proposed adjustments.

CSUEU’s proposals, on the other hand, include increases in the opportunity for employees to progress through their salary ranges while promoting advancement, retention, and equity in the workforce. The union intends to propose other improvements throughout the contract.

CSUEU will stand strong against any attempt to cut to our benefits or changes that would negatively impact our members.

“We’re ready to fight if we need to,” says Vice President for Representation Rocky Sanchez. “We know our members demand a fair contract.”

It’s vital to stay informed as bargaining progresses! You can receive bargaining updates via text message or directly to your e-mail inbox. Text the word CSUEU to 787753 from your phone or sign up online to get breaking negotiation updates.

The contract between CSUEU and CSU expires on June 30, 2017, and formal negotiations will start on February 14 at the Office of the Chancellor. 

Support your bargaining team, stay tuned, and stay active!

Meet Your CSUEU Bargaining Team Members

As you’ve been reading about our bargaining team’s preparations for the upcoming round of negotiations for a new CSUEU/CSU contract, you may have been wondering: who is on the team exactly? In order to introduce you to the group, following are biographical snapshots of each member. Please extend a big thank-you to them for their invaluable contributions to CSUEU’s success!

Bargaining Unit 7 Chair Carolyn Duckett began her CSU career in 1995 in Human Resources at the Office of the Chancellor. In 2003, she progressed to an Administrative Support Coordinator II position in the Common Management System department. Wanting to support the union, she became the Chapter 313 Unit 7 Representative and was soon elected as chief steward. She then took on statewide duties, first as a member-at-large for Bargaining Unit 7 and subsequently as the BU7 vice chair. In January, statewide BU7 Chair Rocky Sanchez became the statewide VP for Representation, moving Carolyn into her position. “I am pleased to be a part of a great leadership team, including our officers, chapter presidents, BU Council members, and CSUEU staff, all of whom work so hard to deliver outstanding service to our members,” she says.

Bargaining Unit 7 Vice-Chair Rosa Jones grew up in San Luis Obispo County and holds a BA in history from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She has worked at Cal Poly SLO in various capacities since the early 1990s, for the past nine years serving as an administrative support coordinator in the College of Science and Math. “Throughout my 27 years as staff at CSU Cal Poly SLO,” she says, “I have had the privilege of supporting fellow staff and students alike. I became active in CSUEU seven years ago and have served as a chapter steward and organizing chair, as a statewide Organizing Committee member, and as an at-large Bargaining Unit 7 representative.” Appointed to her current post in early 2017, she vows to continue to advocate for CSU employees' rights and to be their voice at the bargaining table.

Read about the entire team.

Attacks on Public Sector Unions: Some Good with the Bad

Well-financed conservative groups are increasingly putting the pressure on public sector unions, doing everything they can to shut them down. The latest salvo came with the recent introduction of right-to-work legislation that would prohibit workers nationwide from being required to support a union.

Reps. Joe Wilson of South Carolina and Steve King of Iowa are sponsoring the bill, which would amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to prohibit what are known as “security clauses.” These are provisions that require employees to join a union or pay a regular fee as a condition of employment in exchange for collective bargaining and related union representation.

Several lawsuits are in the pipeline with the same union-busting goal. But there are some hopeful notes on the horizon as well.

As this February 3 Orange County Register article outlines, a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows union influence in the entire California workplace grew slightly last year, a stark contrast to declining union rolls nationwide.

And approximately six in ten American adults today have a favorable view of labor unions (60 percent), according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Views have grown more positive since March 2015, when less than half of adults (48 percent) expressed a favorable view. The public’s opinions of unions were largely positive throughout the early 2000s but turned more negative during the Great Recession. Today, favorable opinions are at their highest levels in nearly a decade.

“We will fight any efforts to weaken public sector unions,” says CSUEU President Pat Gantt. “We will also do everything in our power to expand membership and reinforce the increasingly positive view that Americans hold of unions. This is truly a time for vigilance, unity, and staying the course.”

Contest: Identify the Campus

In selected editions of CSUEU E-News, we show photographs of different CSU campuses and invite readers to identify the campus.

The prize: bragging rights and the thrill of having your name and chapter mentioned in E-News!

To the right is this edition's mystery photo. Click on this thumbnail to see a high-resolution version.

Just to keep it from being too easy, you won't be eligible if you work at the campus depicted in the photo.

Send your entry with "Contest" in the subject line, along with your full name and chapter, to, and good luck!

This Day in History

February 11, 2011: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announces he will call out the National Guard, if necessary, to deal with any “unrest” among state employees in the wake of his decision to unilaterally end nearly all collective bargaining rights.
February 11, 1913 - Mary Harris “Mother” Jones is arrested while leading a protest of conditions in West Virginia mines. She was 83 years old at the time. Goes to show we are never too old to be an activist!

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