The California State University Employees Union represents the largest block of non-faculty employees at the California State University. CSUEU's 16,000 members support academics and operations, working at 23 campuses as well as the Office of the Chancellor. As a union, we are an organized group of workers who join together to make decisions about conditions affecting our work. Labor unions strive to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation.
We are committed to winning higher pay, job security, an end to student debt and quality higher education for all. Since the ’80s, politicians have slashed funding for higher education. Desperate to keep the doors open, universities hired high-priced executive administrators who turned college into big business. We know that in order to change this broken system, we need to come together and use our collective power. By joining a union, staff and student workers can speak in one strong voice for the changes we need to improve our working conditions and help students succeed.
The main reasons to join a union are higher pay, better benefits and a voice on the job. As a union member, you have a collective voice regarding things such as: pay and wages; work hours, benefits (including but not limited to: retirement plans, health insurance, vacation and sick leave, and tuition reimbursement); workplace health and safety; and ways to balance work and family.
Unions work like a democracy. They hold elections for officers who make decisions on behalf of members, giving workers more power on the job. A local union is a locally-based group of workers with a charter from a national or international union such as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) or United Auto Workers (UAW). A local may include workers from the same company or region. It may also have workers from the same business sector, employed by different companies.
We — the staff and student workers — embody and control every aspect of our union. As members of CSUEU, we are our union and are committed to working across the CSU system to build a powerful organization that gives staff and students the voice they need.
Forming a union enables staff and student workers to negotiate collectively for better terms of employment, using democratic processes to ensure that the interests of all are represented. A union contract will establish a floor for what constitutes fair treatment and compensation, not a ceiling. At present, there is a ceiling, but no floor.
Your membership card is your commitment to yourself and your coworkers to build the union, but you do not pay dues until after you have voted to ratify (approve) a contract!
Yes. Federal law protects your right to organize for union representation. Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), you have the right to talk to your fellow coworker in the workplace about your views on unionization, organize with your coworkers to make your collective views known, attend meetings to discuss the benefits of union representation and to distribute information to your coworkers about the union. It is against the law for an employer to threaten, coerce or retaliate against you for exercising these legal rights in the workplace.
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