Describing the CSU’s salary system as broken, State Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) has introduced legislation to restore 5% salary steps for 20,000 California State University support staff. SB 566, called the S.T.E.P.S Act (Steps to Economic Parity in Salaries), “would rectify a long history of salary inequities,” according to the fact sheet accompanying the bill, which is sponsored by our Union. Read the letter Sen. Leyva wrote to the CSU: “It is my hope—and urging—that, under your leadership, a new commitment will take place to negotiate an outcome that ensures all CSU support staff are shown the dignity and respect they deserve. I am hopeful that a fair and equitable resolution can be agreed to between the CSU administration and these affected workers.” If nothing else, this past year has shown that frontline CSU support staff are the backbone of the institution, allowing it to continue providing quality education to students throughout a deadly pandemic. It’s time to recognize and reward our contributions and sacrifice by making university salaries equitable for support staff, many of whom are among the lowest-paid in the University system such as custodians and groundskeepers. 'The time is now, the CSU must act to repair an unequitable system,' said CSUEU President Catherine Hutchinson. 'We have seen overwhelming bipartisan support from the state Legislature to fix the broken salary system. We hope the new chancellor will show leadership and do what is needed to lift up the frontline support staff of the CSU.' Background The CSU has a salary structure damaged since the 1990s. Employees’ pay is frozen after hire in the lower ranks of their pay scales with no career movement. Employees can work for decades without even reaching the middle of the pay scale because of the absence of service steps. This creates a system where newly-hired employees earn more than their long-term colleagues, while working side-by-side doing the same job at the same CSU campus. Here's the Fact Sheet on SB 566 and our press release .