The CSU did the right thing last year when it implemented emergency pay for those who worked at greater risk on campus while a new pandemic was raging across the state. Unfortunately and without explanation, the University ended the program two months later, forcing our Union to file an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Mediation efforts held on Monday, April 19, between the CSU and the CSUEU have failed, and a PERB hearing is scheduled for June. As the operational backbone of the University, our work helps keep the CSU running to serve students. Some staff from custodial to healthcare to information technology remained on campuses even as campuses took emergency measures in March 2020 and sent most everyone home. CSU initiated its emergency pay program on March 25, 2020, without any negotiations with our Union as called for by our contract, and ended it on May 31, also without union consultation. The decision to end the program was illegal: Employees working on-site faced higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 and the situation warranted emergency pay even if the University has refused to designate a pandemic as an emergency. The CSU has failed to turn over nearly all of the information that the Union has requested regarding who has been required to work on campus during the pandemic. We look forward to making our case at the hearing in June. If you are not a member, join our Union today to ensure we have the resources to keep fighting for our members!