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March 7, 2017 in Bargaining, Union News, Updates
BARGAINING UPDATE #3 - March 7, 2017
CSU’s Message to Its Employees: No Union, No Voice!
In the second round of contract negotiations, held at CSU East Bay last week, February 28-March 2, management made one thing clear when it rejected CSUEU’s proposed employee rights-centered preamble to the collective bargaining agreement:
They do not want a union, and they do not want us to use our voice!
This was also evident in management’s first written proposals:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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.”