CONTRACT 2020: INVEST IN OUR FUTURE We dive into the New Year with laser-beam focus on winning a fair and dignified contract in 2020. At the CSU Board of Trustees meeting later this month, both CSUEU and the Chancellor’s Office will present initial contract proposals. In collective bargaining, this is known as the “sunshine period” when proposals are exchanged for public review and comment. Click here for CSUEU's Sunshine proposals and here for the CSU's proposals. Our 16,000 CSUEU-represented employees know what we want from the Employer: Restore steps for Support Staff and protect employee benefits. We believe we will win because we have support as never before: Both Gov. Newsom and Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis have written directly to the Chancellor urging him to negotiate with the CSUEU in good faith to restore pay equity; a proposed state budget with a 5% increase – or $199 million – for the CSU; and a 2019 state audit that showed a $1.5 billion CSU surplus with little state oversight. Support Staff are the backbone of the CSU; we are the glue. An investment in staff is an investment in the future of the CSU. “We need a real steps program established in the CSU. It is unfair to keep employees at the bottom of pay ranges when we were promised the opportunity to reach the top,” said Rocky Sanchez, CSUEU Vice President for Representation. “No matter how long or how well we work, progress to the top is impossible without career steps.” Our CSUEU Bargaining Team will also propose an end to the widespread use of temporary employees to fill jobs that are permanent. Four-year temps are chucked out for new four-year temps, creating an at-will work force. There is nothing temporary about the contributions we make to the university. Additionally, there are warning signals that the CSU will attack not just workers’ benefits, such as increasing parking fees, but also union rights in the workplace. We will fight this and beat it back. Veteran union members know that good contracts are not won at the table. The power of our Union is in our everyday work on campus, in the student services we provide and the operations we support. Our contract expires June 30, 2020. Every month between now and then we are involved in bargaining. Bargaining sessions will be held at CSU campuses where the visible support of members will tell CSU management that we mean business. Do your part! Join CSUEU or Renew your membership today. When there is a call to action by chapter leadership at your campus, please participate! Be an activist and let’s win Contract 2020! Be sure to get the most current bargaining updates by signing up here: www.csueu.org/connect You can also get news via your mobile device by texting the word CSUEU to 787-753.