The COVID-19 pandemic has created numerous challenges and uncertainty. 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. On Thursday, CSUEU is joining other SEIU locals nationwide to seek additional federal funding for the CSU, our communities and the state. ACTION NEEDED Call Congress: U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 1-844-USA-0234, Press 1. 1. Enter your residence ZIP CODE where you live. 2. You will automatically be connected to each of your representative’s offices, or you may hit star (*) to move to the next office. 3. You will talk with a staff member or will be asked to leave a message. TALKING POINTS • Hi, my name is (YOUR FULL NAME) and I work at (CSU CAMPUS NAME). • I am urging Congress to provide $500 billion more in funding for public higher education as well as state and local governments. We need to protect workers and ensure that public services can continue. • Public higher education is especially vulnerable right now. As national unemployment rates climb, our institutions need to be able to provide educational opportunities for unemployed workers and our youth. • My colleagues and I are making great sacrifices to battle the coronavirus pandemic. We need your help to provide public higher education, our state and our local economies the financial help they desperately need. Thank you. MORE INFORMATION Read the letter from CSUEU President Neil Jacklin addressed to Congressional leaders seeking additional federal support.