By Jessica Westbay CSUEU Vice President for Representation As we near the end of another school year, Bargaining is ramping up, not slowing down. Bargaining continues weekly with the CSU as we continue to lay the foundation for Good Jobs 2022. Here’s where we stand with bargaining… Salary Reform – Organizing continues around the Salary Study findings, including postcards and Voter Voice, where we are bringing our message to the legislature, reminding them how important funding this study is for each and every one of us. We spent May 23rd with Lobby Day at the Capitol. CSUEU chapter leaders and activists from our Central and Northern California campuses personally advocated the legislature for funding. In addition to the Salary Study, we are also bargaining for a General Salary Increase (GSI) in our contract bargaining to account for the time we took the extension of our contract without a raise. (More on this later in the update!) Path for Advancement – The Bargaining Team and the CSU have had robust discussions about Professional Development. We were able to see data around how many employees are using the Fee Waiver and discussed improving ways employees are able to access professional development opportunities. Job Security – A top priority of this contract is to address the long-term use of temporary employees in jobs that aren’t temporary in nature. As you can imagine, this priority has been met with some resistance from the CSU. Data exists that shows some campuses use, ahem, “misuse” the hiring of employees in a temporary status. We will continue to address this misuse to reach our goal of shortening the temporary employee timeframe. On a final note: one particular challenge we face in bargaining for GSIs is the timing of bargaining and the ratification process. The State budget is signed in mid-June, and even then, changes can happen within the budget well into July. This means we won’t have a reliable estimate of how much money is available for GSIs until June. In addition, our contract must be ratified by the Board of Trustees on the CSU side, and by our Members on the CSUEU side. The Board of Trustees meets July 11-13 and then not again until September 13-14. To address this, both the Bargaining Team and the CSU have committed to adding 3 additional bargaining sessions to the June timeframe so we can negotiate GSIs and work our hardest to get them before the Board of Trustees at the July session. Once ratified, the State Controllers office needs time to process which can take on average of 8 to 10 weeks. I recognize that we are all hurting from 2 years without raises, coupled with the current state of the world, and this timeframe is not ideal, but we are all working as quickly and diligently as we can to get the money our members deserve!