At the CSU Trustees March 24 board meeting, CSUEU leaders shared the concerns of 15,000 Support Staff working in health care, operations, administrative and technical services at the CSU. Click any image to get started.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published new frequently asked questions (FAQs) for workers and employers about qualifying for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) related to the reopening of schools.
This guidance explains eligibility for paid leave relative to the varied formats and schedules schools have announced as they plan to reopen, including blending in-person with distance learning.
The revisions do the following:
• Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that employees may take FFCRA leave only if work would otherwise be available to them.
• Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that an employee must have employer approval to take FFCRA leave intermittently.
• Revise the definition of “health care provider” to include only employees who meet the definition of that term under the Family and Medical Leave Act regulations or who are employed to provide diagnostic services, preventative services, treatment services, or other services that are integrated with and necessary to the provision of patient care which, if not provided, would adversely impact patient care.
• Clarify that employees must provide required documentation supporting their need for FFCRA leave to their employers as soon as practicable.
• Correct an inconsistency regarding when employees may be required to provide notice of a need to take expanded family and medical leave to their employers.
California State University East Bay is proceeding with plans to return nearly a thousand employees back to campus even as COVID-19 cases rise in the region making Alameda County the eighth highest county in the state.
In a matter of days after launching its petition on June 22, the coalition of students, faculty, staff, and family members had collected aproximately 1,000 signatures, calling on campus President Leroy Morishita to stop the repopulation plan.
“The University’s plan to repopulate reads very well on paper but has not, in fact, been the reality that our front-line workers have experienced,” said Diego Campos, CSUEU President at CSU East Bay. “Furthermore, the plan drafted in June does not reflect the dramatically different facts on the ground as cases are spiking in Alameda County.”
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CSU Board of Trustees met via video this week and CSUEU's Bargaining Team took the opportunity to emphasize the critical need for the University to develop a systemwide repopulation plan before returning thousands of employees back on campuses.
We must acknowledge we still don’t know how to create safe islands of learning in a sea of sickness and infection. The CSU is not prepared to repopulate campuses without a systemwide plan.
>> Click here to read the full CSUEU statement to the Board of Trustees.
* FROM CNN *
The California State University system plans to cancel nearly all in-person classes through the fall semester to reduce spread of coronavirus.
The CSU system, which comprises 23 universities across the state, will be moving most instruction online, Chancellor Timothy White announced Tuesday at a Board of Trustees meeting.
The California State University system is the nation’s largest four-year public university system with a total enrollment of more than 480,000 students, according to the CSU.
A CSU spokesperson confirmed the plans to CNN and said additional details will be released later today.
“We will be going fully virtual with the exception of certain classes,” the spokesperson said.
In-person classes at CSU campuses have been canceled since March and have since moved to online only. The CSU has previously announced students applying for admission will not be required to take the SAT or ACT.
Faced With Urgent Community Needs, CSUEU Members Stepped Up Their Game
In an unprecedented and dramatic shift of academic focus, teams of students, faculty and support staff across the CSU have mobilized to design, laser-cut and 3-D print a commodity more prized these days than gold: Protective face shields for health care workers who are risking their lives to save others.
Collectively over the past month, the groups – working on their own projects from CSU Channel Islands, Long Beach and Bakersfield – have produced more than 1,000 face shields. They are provided to area hospitals desperately short on personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff whose work brings them face-to-face with highly contagious COVID-19 patients.
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Preliminary estimates of funding to CSU campuses are posted here [See pages 10-11].
Read the CSU technical letter, dated April 17, providing campuses with instructions regarding the administration of federal paid sick leave, per FFCRA.
Click to download the information below as PDF.
In a recent survey of CSUEU-represented employees, 7 in 10 said they are working remotely from home, also described as telecommuting or teleworking. Most employees are working together with their managers to be as productive as possible in this new COVID-19 work era.
What is problematic is there are contradictions between some campuses’ “Temporary Telecommuting Agreements” and our CSUEU contract.
CSUEU recommends a “best effort” standard for compliance with telework assignments - and the CSU agrees.
“It is not the intention of the Chancellor’s Office that employees will face discipline if all aspects of the traditional telecommuting policies cannot be met,” said Steve James, CSU's chief negotiator in an email to CSUEU.
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Temporary Paid Administrative Leave for CSU employees who are unable to work or have to provide care for a family member affected by COVID-19 illnesses is now extended to 256 hours.
“In an effort to continue to limit the gathering of students, faculty and staff, and effective immediately, the 128 hours granted to employees on March 23, has been increased to 256 hours for employees unable to work for COVID-19 related reasons,” according to a CSU notice sent April 1 to campus presidents.
The one-time allotment of up to a total of 256 hours of paid administrative leave can only be used due to COVID-19 related absences, subject to the following conditions:
• All hours must be used by close of business on December 31, 2020 at which time the remaining allotted hours will expire;
• The hours may be used at any time during this designated period including intermittently, either before or after the use of any accrued leave or other paid leave, at the request of the employee, in consultation with the supervisor, provided that such use shall not adversely affect the delivery of essential university services;
• The number of hours of paid administrative leave for employees who work less than full-time shall be prorated according to the percent of the appointment.
"Extending the paid leave policy to employees impacted by COVID-19 is smart and reasonable, given the reality that the spread in the U.S. has not yet reached its peak," said Rocky Sanchez, CSUEU Vice President for Representation. "We will continue to work with the CSU to identify proactive measures we all can take to keep campuses in operation for essential services while protecting our members’ safety and income during this challenging period.”
For more information, read the April 1 letter informing campus presidents of the paid leave extension.
For CSU employees unable to work for COVID-19 related reasons, the CSU is granting up to 128 hours of paid administrative leave, effective March 23 through Dec. 31, 2020.
Those who qualify for the paid leave include all benefits-eligible employees, academic student employees, and non-represented student assistants. According to the March 20 notice from CSU Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, the paid leave may only be used if the employee is unable to work, on campus or remotely, for the following purposes:
Click here to read more about provisions to the Temporary Paid Administrative Leave policy.
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Click here to read the CSU's technical letter providing campuses with instructions regarding administration of the leave policy.
CSU employees from three unions, including CSUEU, who are still working on campus will receive emergency pay, retroactive to March 20, when Gov. Newsom issued a “Stay at Home” order for all Californians. This emergency pay does not apply to those who are telecommuting.
Campuses with be provided additional instructions for implementing the emergency pay provision, according to Evelyn Nazario, CSU’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources in her March 25 notice. Read the notice here.
"CSUEU is tracking the telework issues as well as other emergency measures," said Rocky Sanchez, CSUEU Vice President for Representation. "We are encouraging CSU to respond to employees' immediate needs while we understand that not all decisions will be perfect."
Emergency pay will be provided to employees represented by CSUEU, IUOE and Teamsters 2010.
Below are the criteria some campuses are using to determine duties that must still be performed during times of emergency, according to the CSU:
1. The health, welfare, and safety of community members who remain on campus
2. Critical information technology services and security
3. Building or property safety, security, or integrity
4. Research animals, specimens, or equipment support
5. Operation of critical infrastructure (power, water, heat, roads, etc.);
6. Critical business, contractual, or legal obligations
Based on which criteria a campus uses, managers identify what classification of employees are required to report to work.
Based on more then 3,300 responses to our union COVID-19 survey, 39% of CSUEU members say their campus had not identified – or they did not know – who were considered ‘critical’ employees to providing necessary services.
Our Union is monitoring this issue to help the CSU improve future communications and systemwide policies.
CSUEU President Neil Jacklin expresses deep concerns about the CSU's handling of the current health emergency, "due to lack of due diligence in ensuring the health and safety of CSUEU represented employees."
Read Neil's email to the CSU HR Vice Chancellor.
As a growing number of CSU campuses ceases unessential operations to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, thousands of employees have experienced dramatic changes to their working conditions. Many have occurred without the CSU going through proper negotiations with CSUEU as called for in our contract.
If you are experiencing a change in working conditions that is adversely affecting you, you should report it to your Chapter President. Locate your president here. The Union will be collecting and documenting reports of potential contract violations for follow-up actions.
Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide “stay at home” order on Thursday (March 19) to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The executive order, posted here, instructs “all individuals living in the state of California to stay home or at their place of residence.”
However, there may be an exception made for those who work in “federal critical infrastructure sectors,” which includes education facilities such as institutions of higher education.
With the order taking effect immediately, several campuses have instructed employees to not come onto campus starting Friday. If, however, you have not received specific direction not to report to work, you should come to work as normal, unless you are sick or need to be off work in order to care for a child due to school closures or another dependent family member such as a parent. Unless you have an agreement to telecommute, you should report to work.
If you are at all uncertain what to do, please contact your Appropriate Administrator.
Local government orders for "Shelter in Place" are in effect in the San Francisco Bay Area, applying to seven counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Cruz. "Non-essential" businesses will be ordered to close, and residents will be allowed to leave their homes only for “essential” reasons from 12:01 a.m. from March 17 through April 7. Essential reasons include getting health care, shopping for groceries and supplies, caring for family members and exercising outdoors.
Businesses allowed to operate during the lockdown include supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, health care offices, child care facilities, banks, hardware stores and laundromats. Restaurants will be allowed to operate, but only for delivery and takeout service.
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Beginning March 17, campus shifting to virtual operations. Non-essential employees, including student staff, are to work remotely (telecommute) once they have received direction from their supervisor.
Students who can return to a home off-campus are encouraged to do so.
All classes are canceled March 23-25 while faculty prepares for a complete shift to virtual instruction by March 26. For the remainder of Spring 2020, all instruction is to be virtual and the primary operational state of campus is to be virtual.
All campus facilities closed to the general public, with most campus facilities to be closed to the campus community, including all sports and recreation facilities. Any services remaining open for students - such as the library, student health center, and university center - will be operating with reduced staffing and must implement social distancing.
Based on new restrictions from the state, CSU campuses have ordered employees over the age of 65 to home isolation (telework or administrative time off if telework is not available). This change reflects Gov. Gavin Newsom's latest order calling for home isolation of everyone in the state over the age of 65, as well as people with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
Click here for the CDC list of underlying medical conditions.
SSU will not hold face-to-face classes on Thursday, March 12, Friday, March 13 and Monday, March 23, 2020.
Transitioning to all remote instruction starting March 24 through April 19. Plan to resume face-to-face instruction on April 20.
1. No loss of income if campuses are closed.
2. Paid Administrative Leave for quarantine.
3. Use of sick leave (and easier roll over into vacation) if ill.
4. Emergency work within scope unless agreed upon.
5. Liberal telecommute policies.
6. Employees may telecommute if possible or perform online continuing education work.
7. Chancellor's Office to serve as clearinghouse for all information with the Union.
8. Union stewards and local CSUEU leadership available to meet with CSU campus administration as needed.
Gov. Gavin Newsom issues policy for public school districts to maintain educational employees’ pay if there is a lack of work due to school closure:
Will begin to transition to virtual and alternate modalities of learning following spring break scheduled for March 23-29, 2020. Following Spring Break, all in-person classes will be suspended March 30 - April 3. Mandatory virtual instruction will begin April 6 and continue through May 1, at which time campus will reassess whether to continue with virtual instruction beyond this date.
CSUCI will not hold events with an anticipated guest count of 100 people or more through May 1.
Transitioning to online instruction.
No face-to-face class sessions March 16-March 19; remote instructions effective March 20 through the rest of the semester.
Starting March 16, transitioning courses to online delivery for the remainder of the spring semester. Not all types of courses can be converted to online delivery (e.g., small labs, studios, clinicals, field placements, and performing and theater arts). Instruction will be suspended from March 16 - March 19 to allow faculty to prepare for the transition.
In-person classes will be canceled March 13–24 and resume March 25, following Spring Break, which is scheduled from March 16-20.
The university will pause all face-to-face instruction, with the exception of labs, during the week of March 16-19 to expedite the move to virtual instruction. SDSU will conclude all lab course face-to-face instruction by Friday, March 20.
Temporarily suspending face-to-face instruction, going to online classes Spring Quarter. All campus events have been canceled.
Transitioning to online instruction; extending spring break from one to two weeks giving faculty Time to prepare for spring quarter.
Classes canceled March 16 - March 19. During this transition period, faculty will prepare to offer alternative methods of instruction.
Classes will resume on March 20, with faculty using means of instruction that do not involve face-to-face gathering. Alternative instruction will continue for four weeks through April 24. As we approach the end of this period, we will re-evaluate the situation.
Classes suspended; transitioning to online.
Face-to-face classes are canceled through Tuesday, March 17.
Alternative instruction for in-person classes will begin on March 18.
In-person classes to resume on campus on April 20 pending further assessment.
Some courses will continue to meet in person if alternative instruction is not appropriate, such as some laboratory, performing arts, and physical education courses. Modifications associated with social distancing will be implemented in these courses.
March 12 - March 17: Face-to-face classes are canceled.
March 18 - April 12: Alternative instruction takes place.
All events are canceled or postponed until April 13. As of March 12, all athletic competition is suspended for the remainder of the spring.
Suspending classes; tranitioning to online.
Spring Break is March 16-20, classes will be taught remotely March 23 - April 19.
In-person classes suspended from March 16 - March 19 to allow faculty to transition to virtual instruction. This includes classes offered at Visalia campus. Alternative instruction will begin March 20 and is expected to continue through April 27.
March 16 – March 18: Face-to-face classes are allowed to meet but voluntary conversion to alternate modalities is encouraged.
March 19 – March 20: Face-to-face classes will be cancelled to allow for faculty preparations. All fully online courses and face-to-face courses that have already transitioned to alternative teaching modalities will continue as usual.
Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27: Spring Break — no classes
March 30 - April 1: Face-to-face classes will be cancelled to allow for faculty preparations. All fully online courses and face-to-face courses that have already transitioned to alternative teaching modalities will continue as usual.
April 2 – May 22 (last day of finals): All courses are to be conducted using fully online or distributed modalities.
From March 16 - April 5, all instruction to be conducted remotely. On March 30, 2020, decision will be made about the two week-period from April 6 - April 19.