March 29, 2021 - Effective today, a new state law ( Senate Bill 95 ) gives Californians up to 80 hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2021. On top of that and following months-long lobbying from multiple employee union groups, the CSU now proposes to add an additional 48 hours in paid time off, for a total of 128 hours. Extending COVID-19 time off is a pressing issue for thousands of CSU working parents juggling childcare and those unable to work due to underlying conditions. Earlier this month, CSUEU members joined the California Faculty Association in a letter-writing campaign to urge Chancellor Joseph Castro to provide more support to faculty and staff who have kept the CSU open and serving students through a year-long pandemic. It is encouraging that the Chancellor and Board of Trustees, who heard directly from us last week , are taking steps to lift up struggling employees. “To further support our employees, the University would like to propose implementing SB 95 with specific enhancements,” reads the letter the CSU sent on March 26. If agreed to by the parties, the enhancements include: * additional hours (a total of 128) * a later expiration date (December 31, 2021), and * the elimination of any daily pay maximums. The CSUEU Bargaining Team will review the CSU proposal and prepare a response. SB 95, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on March 19, is just one part of massive government aid that President Joe Biden and Democratic Congressional leaders have delivered as the nation steps into the second year of the pandemic. Our Union’s legal team analyzed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and provided a presentation for members. Support our union brothers and sisters as we continue to lift up CSU employees! Join us or renew your membership today!