California State University Employees Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 19, 2021 Contact: Khanh Weinberg (408) 921-0098 Jenna Thompson (949) 246-1620 Sen. Connie Leyva Proposes Bill to Fix “Broken” & Unequal CSU Salary Structure SACRAMENTO – The California State University (CSU) has a broken salary structure characterized by fundamental inequality and a devaluation of the support staff who work to keep the University safe, clean, and operational seven days of the week. Today, state Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) has introduced legislation to help address this inequity and to support staff at the nation’s largest public university system to earn a fair and equitable wage. SB 566 would lift up more than 20,000 CSU employees who do not advance through salary steps - salary ranges based on merit and years of service - which are provided to virtually all other state employees. Read Sen. Leyva’s letter to CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro. The CSU professional workforce helped carry the University community through a pandemic. Even as most faculty, staff and students sequestered for safety over the past year, frontline employees in the areas of healthcare, facilities, IT, and administration have been reporting on-site, risking increased exposure. Support staff contributions to the CSU are evident: During an unprecedented health crisis that saw other institutions flounder, the CSU increased student enrollment. “As we emerge from this crisis, it will be more important than ever that the CSU infrastructure is fortified to serve students, whose education will be key to turning our economy around,” said Vicky McLeod, chair of the California State University Employees Union’s (CSUEU) legislative committee and an administrative analyst at CSU Fullerton. “And infrastructure is not just buildings and plumbing; the most valuable asset to an institution's infrastructure are its personnel.' SB 566 is sponsored by the CSUEU; the Teamsters are co-sponsors. Senator Leyva’s legislation would provide CSU support staff an annual 5% salary step contingent on their job performance. The University can afford to pay for support staff salary steps - a June 2019 state audit revealed the CSU held a budget surplus of $4 billion of which $2 billion were ongoing, discretionary funds. Indeed, in hiring a new chancellor and two new campus presidents last year, the Board of Trustees approved salary increases of 30 percent and 10 percent respectively for the executives. As the state enters Pandemic Year 2, it is essential to focus on building a strong and healthy University by investing in the people who keep it working. That starts with a restoration of salary steps at the CSU. “Businesses and organizations may want to return to ‘normal,’ but what the CSU needs is a return to better,” said CSUEU President Catherine Hutchinson. “The current dysfunctional structure means new hires are paid more than their co-workers who have worked the same job, on the same campus, for more years. It is time for the CSU to truly treat its employees as the foundation of the institution, not as an expense to be minimized.” ### CSUEU represents 16,000 employees who support and oversee the academics and operations of the California State University, including information technology, healthcare, clerical, administrative and academic support, campus operations, grounds and custodial.