Cal Maritime Custodians Speak Up and Win Big

Submitted by CyndiO on Fri, 01/13/2017 - 9:15am

Cal Maritime custodians with Chapter 323 President Petronella "Pete" Steyn, center
Late last year, 10 of the 11 CSUEU-represented custodians at CSU Maritime got word that their shifts would be starting three hours later, at 5 a.m. instead of 2 a.m.

That type of big change would bother anyone, but these folks had a special reason for concern: per the contract, their previous shifts of 2 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. had entitled them to receive night shift differentials totaling $2.20 per hour for all eight hours of their shifts.

CSUEU Prepares For Full Contract Bargaining

Submitted by CyndiO on Fri, 01/13/2017 - 9:15am

With the current contract expiring on June 30, CSUEU and CSU are gearing up for negotiations for the next agreement.

Next week, the two parties plan to trade initial proposals, an exchange known as the sunshine process. Largely a legal requirement, “sunshining” is the first step in negotiations and is required before the parties meet face to face across the bargaining table.

Bargaining teams from both sides will arrange meeting dates and locations over the next few weeks.

Gov. Brown Proposes Only Partial CSU Funding

Submitted by CyndiO on Fri, 01/13/2017 - 9:14am

In the 2017-18 budget that he unveiled in a press conference yesterday, January 10, Gov. Brown proposed $167 million less than the $324 million in state funds that the CSU trustees have said they need in order for the system to operate at full capacity.

Brown proposed $157 million in CSU funding over the base budget, according to the just-released budget summary. Though that does represent an increase, it still falls far short of the trustees’ budget request.

Gov. Brown To Present His 2017-18 Budget by Jan. 10

Submitted by CyndiO on Fri, 01/13/2017 - 9:12am

January 4, 2017 in State Budget

Gov. Brown is scheduled to present his proposed 2017-18 state budget no later than Tuesday, January 10. Hidden in all the statistics will be the governor's proposed allocation to the CSU system. Will he fulfill the CSU Board of Trustees' request for full funding, as he did two years ago, or, if not, how big will the gap be?

Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election

Submitted by CyndiO on Thu, 11/10/2016 - 9:28am

Couldn't be prouder of their comments...see link:…
Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election

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.