As the California State University initiates several hundred layoffs of support staff this fall semester, San Francisco State University – facing 120 layoff notices – has borne the brunt of the pain. Our CSUEU Bargaining Team met with the CSU on Thursday (Oct. 8) to negotiate the impact of the layoffs, as provided by our union contract. Our first demand was for Management to correct their egregious mistake of laying off 24 employees whose salaries are not drawn from the University general funds. SFSU cites a ‘lack of funds’ to justify the layoffs; eliminating grant-funded positions has no impact on the University’s bottom line. We called for the layoffs to be rescinded and for all employees with one year of service to be awarded permanent status. In addition, we are proposing that all layoff notices be postponed for 90 days so that our Union can work with Management on alternative solutions that don’t involve taking away employees’ livelihood in the middle of a pandemic. We want to explore mitigating measures that include: • Using the Unemployment Insurance Workshare Program through the Employment Development Department. • Reviewing SFSU surplus, reserve funds, and other financial University resources. • Reviewing the layoff list and order of layoff for accuracy. • Negotiating an Early Exit Program. We are working to ensure that laid off employees’ work is not shifted to non-union employees (such as student workers and consultants), and enhance laid-off workers’ access to re-employment. “When layoffs were announced, our members and leaders mobilized in minutes and haven’t stopped. We’ve worked tirelessly, organizing protests and social media campaigns, speaking to the press, counseling affected employees. Our team proposal today will save jobs and reduce the impact of layoffs. Our chapter will continue to fight. Join us and let’s show the CSU we are unbreakable.” - Katie Murphy, CSU Steward and Academic Office Coordinator, Department of Communication Studies Since the layoffs were announced on Sept. 8, our member activism has won us some powerful allies. Read these two strong letters of support from the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty: http://bit.ly/Supervisors_Support and http://bit.ly/McCarty_SupportLetter “Meet and Confer” over Layoffs More than 50 San Francisco State employees observed the day-long “Meet and Confer” session by video. Perhaps inspired by the audience, Thomas Le, the CSU’s systemwide labor relations manager, engaged in some oratorical flourishes and portrayed Management as trying to save jobs but that the union contract was getting in the way. The fact is that Management can withdraw the layoff notices affecting the grant-funded positions at any time without requiring CSUEU agreement. SFSU has rescinded nine layoff notices, some of which were due to clerical error, following a review by our Union. We are pressing for speedy negotiations to help affected employees. Our next negotiating session is scheduled for Oct. 16; at that time, Management is expected to respond to our proposals. What You Can Do 1. We have strength in numbers. Join our Union if you are not yet a member. 2. Click here to download the 'SOLIDARITY' image as your Zoom background. Click here to download the 'NO LAYOFFS' image as your Zoom background. 3. Watch our “CSU: No More Layoffs!” video and share it widely.