CSUEU Fresno Chapter President Terry Wilson: “I shouldn’t be penalized for working at the CSU.” AB 369, legislation to restore equity to all CSU staff, had its first hearing before the Assembly Committee on Higher Education on April 2 and was passed by 8-2. Authored by Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), the bill restores 5% salary steps for CSU support staff and provides parity with all other state agencies and state employees. CSUEU member Terry Wilson provided compelling testimony advocating for AB 369, which is sponsored by CSUEU and co-sponsored by SEIU State Council and the Teamsters. “I shouldn’t be financially penalized for working at the CSU. I am asking to be fairly compensated and treated with respect,” said Terry, an Administrative Analyst and also CSUEU Chapter President at CSU Fresno. “After over 20 years of inequity, I am asking that the CSU support staff be made whole again.” The CSU unilaterally eliminated salary steps in 1996, and for more than 20 years has refused to negotiate with the Union to reinstate step pay at the bargaining table. Of the state’s 233 state agencies, the CSU is the only state agency that has eliminated salary steps, and the CSU is the only state agency that does not provide salary steps to support staff. Salary Inversion Problem Earlier in the day, Terry also spoke before the Assembly Education Budget Subcommittee to draw attention to the salary inversion problem that exists systemwide, and to request funds to rectify these salary gaps. Currently, there are over 10,300 long-term CSU support staff whose salaries are inverted. On average, new hires earn salaries that are $782 more a month than employees in the same position, on the same campus, with multiple years of employment. Next Steps AB 369 will be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee (no date has been scheduled yet).