FAQ CONTRACT EXTENSION | May 2020
Governor Newsom’s announcement of a $54 billion deficit for the State of California was a sobering experience for all citizens. The personal hardships and tragedies we are experiencing are now expressed in terms of missing dollars from state operations. As University employees, hearing the Governor talk about salary reductions and imposing efficiencies makes all of us concerned about our jobs, the security of our families, and the future of our communities.
Since January, we have been in negotiations with the CSU on a new contract to replace the one that expires June 2020. Absent a union contract, CSUEU would be vulnerable to pressures and demands like those in 1995-96 when the CSU trustees unilaterally took away salary steps.
We will not let that happen again. Today, our bargaining team - with leaders from Units 2, 5, 7 and 9 - has secured a two-year extension for our union contract to June 30, 2022. All of our rights and terms of conditions of employment will remain intact. This does not mean invulnerability; we will be making hard choices as the state grapples with the budget. But those cuts will be negotiated, not imposed. We, as a Union, will protect each other and share the burden.
On Thursday, CSUEU is joining other SEIU locals nationwide to seek additional federal funding for the CSU, our communities and the state.
In California, massive unemployment and emergency expenditures have cost the state billions of dollars in lost revenue and unanticipated expenses. Emergency federal legislation has provided some relief. However, efforts have proven to be significantly short of what the CSU and other state programs need to maintain services.
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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.
Current contract expires June 30, 2020.
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