Did you know that our lowest-paid full-time employees earn less than $2,000 per month, while our highest-paid employees make over $10,000 per month? Now, I’m not bagging on those well-paid employees--in fact, I applaud them and am happy for them. They probably had to work very hard to get where they’re at and deserve every penny they earn. But what about those at the bottom? Do they deserve to make wages that put them at or below federal poverty guidelines? From left: CSUEU Executive Director Brian Lee, VP for Finance Loretta Seva'aetasi, and VP for Organizing Mike Geck We’re not talking about Wal-Mart or McDonald’s employees. We’re talking about 100 percent State of California/CSU employees who work alongside us, day in and day out. They will continue to live in poverty unless we unite to demand more for them. For the last two to three years, Fight for 15 has been campaigning across the nation for $15 per hour for fast food workers. It has since expanded to include home care, public employees, transportation, and other low-wage workers. Right now, we have about 1,500 CSUEU-represented employees who make less than $15 per hour. That’s about 10 percent of our workforce! Last year, SEIU Local 99 and the Los Angeles Unified School District (the second-largest school district in the nation) entered into an historic agreement that raised the pay floor to $15 per hour for 20,000 school workers. They did it in the LAUSD, and we can do it in the CSU! This April 15, hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers, union members, labor supporters, and community members across the nation will take to the streets to demand a better life for those who struggle the most. Be sure to contact your chapter president or me (email@example.com) for details on Fight for 15 actions planned on your campus or in your community. It’s high time CSUEU joined the fight!