State Bill Requires CSU to Implement Steps System
CSUEU and Teamsters 2010
continue to fight for pay equity
Supported by clear
data showing that thousands of CSU frontline support staff languish
under a stagnant pay system, state Sen. Connie Leyva
(D-Chino) authored new legislation that would implement a steps
system at the CSU, as recommended by a salary study conducted this year.
SB 410 would add a section to the state Education Code
requiring the CSU to implement a nine-step merit salary
system for all non-faculty staff employees, many of whom are
the lowest-paid employees at the university system such as
custodians and groundskeepers.
All parties agree
-- from Gov. Gavin Newsom to state legislators to the
Chancellor's Office - that the salary system is broken
when workers are living paycheck-to-paycheck while employed at
the nation's flagship public university system.
The new steps
system would include annual merit salary increases of 5% for
the first five years, three separate 5% merit increases every two
years, and a final step three years later for a total of nine
steps over 15 years. If passed by the Legislature and signed
by the governor, the measure would be automatically incorporated
into the next collective bargaining agreement negotiated
"The Board of
Trustees are the ultimate authority with the power to lift up the
workforce that is the backbone of the University system,"
said CSUEU President Catherine Hutchinson. "We call on
the CSU leadership to implement the recommendations proposed in
the salary study and work with labor partners to create an equitable
salary structure that builds a better CSU community for
Read CSUEU letter in support of SB410 - And contribute to our Political Activities Committee!