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.” There is 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 sick child or another dependent family member such as a parent.
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.
The ad-hoc, day-to-day decisions Management has been making is understandable given the emergency nature of the health crisis we are in. However, in the interest of protecting collective bargaining rights, CSUEU has filed a statewide grievance so that employee protections may be addressed, and/or remedied in the near future.
The CSUEU Bargaining Team delivered a complete package of economic proposals to the CSU during the first bargaining session this week (March 10-11) at CSU Northridge. A key element in our proposals is that the University integrate steps back into the salary scale for Support Staff. We are seeking:
• New 5% salary steps in each classification.
• Contract language for annual movement based on service and merit.
• Adjustment of salaries for long-serving employees to reflect where they should be based on past service.
On the first day of bargaining, we shared with the CSU negotiating team the history of steps at the University and the impacts on staff salaries over the past 24 years as steps were removed. Our position is supported by facts that have been triple-checked by no less an authority than the Office of the State Auditor: CSU has the funds to provide salary steps and correct salary inversion.
As the number of novel coronavirus infections in California steadily increases, CSUEU continues to monitor the CSU’s campus and system-wide emergency plans to ensure the priority remains protecting the health and safety of students and employees.
An important note: It is entirely good news that the CSU reports no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 across its campuses thus far.
Read the latest COVID-19 updates here: www.csueu.org/corona-updates
Campus Updates (as of 03.12.2020)
The following campuses have suspended in-person instruction and/or are transitioning to alternative instruction via remote or online learning, with some changes taking place after Spring Break:
Sonoma State University
San Francisco State
San Jose State
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Long Beach
CSU San Marcos
Current contract expires June 30, 2020.
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