Submitted by CyndiO on Fri, 03/16/2018 - 9:30am

What is Cal/OSHA?

California is one of several and health
program according to the provisions of the
Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of
1970. The OSHA Act permits a state to manage
its own occupational safety and health
program's structure if it meets certain federal
requirements. The California program - Cal/
OSHA - is approved by Federal OSHA and is
monitored by and receives part of its funding
from that agency.

Do Your Part to Restore Steps - Assembly to Vote Next Week

Submitted by CyndiO on Fri, 03/16/2018 - 9:27am

January 18, 2018 in CSUEU E-News, Union News


CSUEU-Sponsored Bill for Salary Steps Heads for Big Vote Next Week!

Another victory for CSUEU! One key fight CSUEU members didn't win at the bargaining table in last year's contract negotiations centered on restoring step increases for all support staff employed by the California State University System.

We vowed we wouldn't stop fighting, and we didn't.

Why Janus v. AFSCME is “an attack on all workers”

Submitted by CyndiO on Fri, 03/16/2018 - 9:26am

February 26, 2018 in CSU News, Union News By Marshall Elliott (CSUEU Chico State Chapter President). Organized labor’s struggle to protect workers’ rights has been long-fought in this country and it continues today. On Feb. 26, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Janus v. AFSCME. But the real goal of the lawsuit is to weaken workers’ ability to gain strength in numbers. A living wage, medical benefits, paid sick time and vacation are all in the crosshairs of the rich and powerful. This is an attack on all workers.

Report: Expiring tax increases would leave permanent revenue gap

Submitted by CyndiO on Fri, 03/16/2018 - 9:25am

March 18, 2016 in Elections, General News, State Budget

The California Budget and Policy Center provides a rundown of a ballot measure that would "extend Proposition 30’s personal income tax (PIT) rate increases on high-income earners, which were approved by voters in 2012."

Keep your eye on this. The proposed "Invest in California's Children Act" ballot measure could be up for a vote in the 2016 election.

Paycheck Update

Submitted by CyndiO on Fri, 03/16/2018 - 9:25am

March 1, 2018 in CSU News, Union News

The Collective Bargaining Agreement was fully ratified January 31, 2018, and is now in full effect. The Chancellor's Office is working with the State Controller's Office (SCO) to issue the pay and change employee pay rates.

The SCO will process the retroactive pay, which will cover July 1, 2017, through February 28, 2018. That check will be issued toward the end of March, but all indications are that it will be before the last day of March. That will be first check.

The Extraordinary Sick-Out

Submitted by CyndiO on Fri, 03/16/2018 - 9:23am

At last month’s conference, an audience member asked: The Eagles won the Super Bowl and the city (Philadelphia) scheduled a celebratory parade. We are a hospital and we cancelled all approved leave and required all employees to be at work. We wanted to be fully-staffed given the potential for injury from the massive crowds.

The question: What do we do with the employees who called-in sick? We think they called-in sick in order to attend the parade.

Two arbitrators on the panel gave this answer:

Labor Arbitration Institute: Absenteeism Policy

Submitted by CyndiO on Thu, 03/08/2018 - 2:24pm

Conference Reporter

Does an Employee's Absenteeism Policy need a suspension step & time to improve?

At a recent conference, a panel of long-time labor arbitrators held a spirited discussion about this aspect of a company's absenteeism policy:

5 points: 1st written warning
6 points: 2nd written warning
7 points: Final written warning
8 points: Discharge

(Points roll off whenever they become more than 12 months old.)

Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31

Submitted by CyndiO on Thu, 03/08/2018 - 2:21pm

Facts of the case
In 1977, the Supreme Court, in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, upheld against a First Amendment challenge a Michigan law that allowed a public employer whose employees were represented by a union to require those of its employees who did not join the union nevertheless to pay fees to it because they benefited from the union’s collective bargaining agreement with the employer.