Celebration of Life for Gus Lease Is Set for Oct. 1 at SJSU

Submitted by CyndiO on Sun, 09/18/2016 - 1:30pm

Gus Lease and his wife of 56 years, Lois
Gus Lease, also known to many as “The Voice of the California State Employees Association,” passed away on September 4 at the age of 93.

A baritone singer who performed professionally for American troops at home and abroad for two decades, Lease also regaled CSUEU Board of Directors meetings and other CSEA affiliates for decades with a wide array of union songs, along with “America, the Beautiful” and the “The Star Spangled Banner.”

CalPERS Open Enrollment Ends October 7

Submitted by CyndiO on Sun, 09/18/2016 - 1:28pm

The CalPERS annual health open enrollment period for the 2017 calendar year began on September 12 and ends on October 7, 2016.

During the open enrollment period, members may enroll in the CalPERS Health Program, add eligible family members, or make changes to their existing health plans. The coverage becomes effective January 1, 2017.

Members are able to use their my|CalPERS accounts to access, download and print any of the CalPERS Open Enrollment publications designed to help them make informed health plan choices.

Give Staff Members a Voice on the CSU Board of Trustees!

Submitted by CyndiO on Sun, 09/18/2016 - 1:27pm

CSUEU-sponsored legislation—AB 2386 (Williams)—allowing a CSU classified staff employee to serve as a member of the CSU Board of Trustees is now on Governor Brown’s desk. He will soon sign or veto the bill.

Because he has vetoed similar legislation in the past, we’re asking all members to use VoterVoice today to send his office an e-mail urging him to sign this important bill.

CSUEU Candidate Endorsements Are Now Online

Submitted by CyndiO on Sun, 09/18/2016 - 1:27pm

In advance of the November general election, a complete list of CSUEU-endorsed candidates is now available online.

The CSUEU Board of Directors has also endorsed Prop. 55, which temporarily extends Prop. 30’s personal income tax increases on individual earnings over $250,000 per year to fund K-12 schools, community colleges, and healthcare programs. This revenue will free up other state monies to fund the CSU and social service programs.

Bargaining Survey: Voice Your Concerns

Submitted by CyndiO on Sun, 09/18/2016 - 1:24pm

In preparation for contract negotiations that begin early next year, this morning the CSUEU bargaining team unveiled an online survey designed to find out about the concerns of all CSUEU-represented employees.

The survey typically takes less than 10 minutes to complete and is designed to work well with mobile devices.

Please participate so that your union bargaining team can make sure your workplace issues are addressed in negotiations with CSU for our next contract. The current 2014-17 contract expires on June 30, and the next contract goes into effect on July 1, 2017.

California State Employees Association Member Benefits

Submitted by CyndiO on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:11am

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Get your tickets BEFORE THE END OF THE SEASON!

Subscribed at the CSEA Member Benefits web site: http://www.calcsea.org/benefits

Our mailing address is:
California State Employees Association
1108 O Street, Suite 303
Member Benefits Department
Sacramento, CA 95814

Know Your Contract: Article 20 (Salary)

Submitted by CyndiO on Fri, 07/22/2016 - 4:43pm

All employees in Bargaining Units 2, 5, 7, and 9 shall receive a General Salary Increase (GSI) in each year of the current 2014-17 contract. For fiscal year 2016-17 and effective July 1, 2016, all bargaining unit employees in active pay status or on leave received individual salary rate increases of two percent. With the implementation of the “Me-Too” clause, all bargaining unit employees received an additional one percent for a total general salary increase of three percent on July 1. Read more about the “Me-Too” clause.

Jo Ann Juarez-Salazar to Join Staff as New Executive Director

Submitted by CyndiO on Fri, 07/22/2016 - 4:38pm

Starting this August 15, Jo Ann Juarez-Salazar will join the CSUEU staff as executive director, taking over duties from Interim Executive Director Pat Gantt, who has been filling in since last fall in addition to his duties as CSUEU president.

Based at the union’s Sacramento headquarters, Juarez-Salazar’s primary responsibility will be supervising and directing the professional union staff. Other duties include serving as liaison to the Board of Directors, assisting union committees, and implementing the policies and the decisions of the board.

New Contract for Bargaining Unit 13

Submitted by CyndiO on Fri, 07/22/2016 - 4:34pm

CSUEU’s Bargaining Unit 13, comprised of English Language Program (ELP) instructors at Cal State L.A., reached a tentative agreement with CSU on July 13 for a new three-year contract. The unit’s contract expired on June 30 and had been extended for one month.

BU 13 members ratified the agreement on July 15, and the CSU Board of Trustees ratified it this past Tuesday, July 19.