The CSU Board of Trustees meets six times a year, affording stakeholders the important opportunity to participate and provide feedback on critical issues affecting the entire University community. CSU Employees Union leaders are always present to address issues arising from our collective bargaining agreement as well as broader socio-economic topics. At the July 23-24 meeting, our union representatives who spoke included: CSUEU President Neil Jacklin; Vice President for Representation Rocky Sanchez; Tessy Reese, Bargaining Unit 2 (Healthcare) Council Chair; Martin Brenner, Bargaining Unit 9 (IT) Vice Chair. Neil spoke about the union contract serving as a 'book' that tells the story of an organization serving and promoting employees. Rocky and Tessy called on the CSU to lead with more transparency and accountability, in light of a recent state audit that found the CSU has been hoarding a $1.5 billion budget surplus while keeping employee wages stagnant. Martin drew attention to the unjust and unfair CSU practice of hiring 'temporary' employees for permanent positions. To view their speeches, click here. Below is the public remarks from Neil: Good morning, Board of Trustees, Chancellor White, campus Presidents and guest. My name is Neil Jacklin, President for CSUEU. I would like to suggest we read our Collective Bargaining Agreement like a book, it tells a story of an organization that works hard to select its employees, develops and promotes them in an effort to retain a well-informed and stable workforce. Our organization does this because maintaining a highly competent staff resource based on knowledge and experience will continue to deliver and serve the needs of our students. And if you follow this story line further it leads you to a place where staff are dedicated to the university’s mission of student success. Our problem is the implementation of this contract has been watered down to a series of transactions where we lose sight of the actual story that was written for all of us. In order for us to move forward as an organization, we need to look at the ways we manage, develop and promote our employees, for the good of our organization and students. The End!