We all know headlines capture just part of the story. Here’s the story behind the story: More than 60 represented employees from CSUEU and the Academic Professionals of California had teamed up on April 16-17 to blitz every single state legislator to advocate for budget transparency and accountability , improved health and safety standards , and salary steps parity with all other state workers. Our April 16 letter, addressed to CSU Board of Trustees and key legislative leaders, stated in no uncertain terms: “… billions of dollars … are held by the CSU Chancellor’s Office in accounts outside of the State Treasury… as of June 30, 2017, there was an ending balance of $3.7 billion. Of this amount, $1.9 billion is discretionary money that can be used for CSU operational costs.” And thus, four days later, Chancellor White changed his mind about a proposed plan to raise student tuition by 4 percent next year. Read our letter to the CSU Trustees . According to the Bee, “Given its multibillion-dollar budget surplus, White said in an interview, California ‘should use the public's money to invest in its future.’ "It's unfair and inappropriate to ask our students and their families to pay more," White said. CSUEU members would agree! In the coming days, we expect more news that will reflect all the hard work CSUEU members have engaged in as we demand increased accountability from CSU Management. As Gov. Brown stated of the CSU when he released the May state budget: “I think they need a little more scrutiny over how they’re spending things." Now is the time to join our efforts. Sign up or renew your CSUEU membership today!