Some 100 CSUEU-represented employees at Sonoma State University are eligible to take an early retirement with six months of salary, according to a settlement the Union negotiated with the University. CSU campuses started offering the Early Exit Program (EEP) in 2020 as a budget-cutting option. It is intended to encourage eligible employees to voluntarily separate through a severance package, based on an employee’s monthly based salary. EEP is not offered systemwide and program conditions vary from campus to campus. At SSU, eligibility includes employees who: * Are eligible under CalPERs to retire; * Have permanent appointments, or if they're probationary, have permanence in some classification; * Have at least ten years’ service to the University. The application period is April 1 through April 30, with most participants expected to have departed by July 31. There also is no cap on participation. The pay-out has a floor of $30,000 and a top payout of $60,000. CSUEU members successfully advocated for the inclusion of culinary service employees who received lay-off notices effective last November and are now in temporary appointments elsewhere on campus. Visit the campus site for more information about its EEP. 'We are satisfied with the outcome of the Early Exit Program Meet and Confer,” said Gina Voight, CSUEU Chapter President. “We were successful in achieving equity for our represented employees who received lay-off notices last fall but have since been working in temporary appointments by getting them to be included in the program, as well as in having Spanish translation assistance offered to those who are interested in participating.'