Just weeks into her new job, Lt. Governor, Eleni Kounalakis – California’s first female elected to that position – has demonstrated genuine commitment to engage with constituents and work collaboratively with stakeholders toward a better future for working families. We are thrilled that CSUEU members and leaders have already had two encouraging face-to-face meetings with Kounalakis, first at the state Capitol followed by a one-hour meeting at CSU San Marcos, the first campus visit by the Lt. Governor who plans to visit all 23 campuses. In the first meeting, CSUEU President Neil Jacklin, along with Legislative Committee members, discussed our Union’s legislative priorities – reinstating salary steps, closing the salary inversion, and calling for accountability and oversight measures for the CSU budget. Kounalakis, who sits on the CSU Board of Trustees and UC Board of Regents, invited us to provide her regular updates. At CSU San Marcos, the Lt. Governor spent nearly an hour meeting with the chapter leadership. She heard campus-specific issues such as management contracting out custodial work, not paying overtime wages, and sidelining our Union in the process of forming a campus president hiring committee. “Our chapter executive board was truly honored to have had the opportunity to meet with Lt. Governor Kounalakis,” said Vanessa Vincent, CSUEU Chapter President. “We voiced our concerns that the University has broken trust with the staff, broken trust with the Union and broken labor laws covering overtime. We told the Lt. Governor what our staff wants is accountability and responsibility from management and their leadership! We want staff to be treated with R E S P E C T and to be provided with a better work environment. The Lt. Governor was very receptive to our concerns and she was such a pleasure to talk to. We were so grateful for this amazing opportunity and to be the voice of our CSUEU members!” Joining Vincent were: Pete Rauch, VP for Organizing and Legislative Committee member; Adrienne Durso, Chapter 321 Communications Chair; Gilbert Munoz, Chapter 321 Unit 5 Representative; and Jim Dimartino, Unit 5 Laborer.