California State University Employees Union

Welcome to CSUEU Chapter 302!

CSUEU Statewide Election

The union election for CSUEU's statewide executive officer positions is scheduled for June 20-28. Per CSUEU Policy File (602.06), there will be statewide officer interviews June 15 via Zoom at 9 a.m.

The CSUEU Election Committee will conduct the interviews. Members are encouraged to attend to learn more about the candidates vying for: President, Vice President for Organizing, Vice President for Finance, and Vice President for Representation.

Please register for the Zoom meeting here.

Only members are eligible to vote in union elections

You can sign up today to become a member and receive your electronic ballot in June.

Statewide Officer Candidates

President

VP for Organizing

VP for Finance

VP for Representation

*These candiates are running on a slate

**These candidates are also running on a slate


State Budget Proposal Maintains Compact with CSU

Gov. Gavin Newsom's latest budget proposal known as the "May Revise" released May 10 reflects declining state revenues that are heavily dependent on stock market earnings to fund state programs.

The Governor and the Legislature had anticipated a budget shortfall and took action in April to make adjustments - netting the state $17.3 billion, which came from program cuts and funding delays.

One delay tactic included deferring payment of the CSU compact increase of $240 million for a year. The state’s compact, made in 2022, guaranteed 5 percent funding increases each year for five years for both the CSU and UC. 

Gov. Newsom has explicitly advised the state university systems to honor their compact commitments (which include staff compensation and raises) this year, which would be backed by the state general fund in 2025.

The May Revise did not show any other immediate impact on the CSU but more details are expected this week.

CSU Raises and Steps
The compact is still in place and we expect to see a 5% general increase on July 1, 2024, as negotiated in our contract(opens in new window)

CSUEU’s Bargaining Team is also focusing on working with the CSU to modernize more than 100 job classifications(opens in new window) so that the Steps system will be an improvement for all employees.

We will implement the new Steps system in 2025. Should the CSU choose to invoke the budget contingency language in our contract based on the 2025/26 budget, then employees would move to the closest (higher) salary step - usually a 2% raise - to their current salary. We would also return to bargaining with the right to strike if needed. At the same time, we will bargain for our new Student Assistants (Bargaining Unit 15) and they will present their opening “sunshine” proposal on May 21.

Campus Hiring Chills, Freezes and Early Exits
The Chancellor’s Office produces a campus allocation budget memo each year. This memo shows what the campus receives from the CSU system.
Some campuses are seeing enrollment challenges, so that could impact what they receive in the allocation memo.

When a campus makes any material decision, the CSU is obligated to notify the union so that we can bargain over the issue, known as “Meet and Confer.”
CSUEU will continue advocating for the CSU to honor its commitments to employees. Working with allies in the State Capitol as well as with CSU and campus leaders, we must come together to resolve the revenue shortfall at the state level.

The Legislature must pass a budget bill by June 15 for the governor’s signature.

CSU staff and students are the engine of California’s economy; we call on the Governor and Legislature to keep campuses operating at the highest possible level. 


Become a Union Steward!

At Chico State, we represent more than 500 employees! By becoming a steward or bargaining unit representative you are taking advantage of an opportunity to work for the greater good, to help people thrive and succeed in their careers, and to be the voice for those who have remained silent.

  1. Empowerment: By becoming a certified union steward, you gain the skills and knowledge to represent your colleagues effectively. You can be a champion for workers' rights, ensuring fairness, and justice on the job.

  2. Influence: Union stewards play a vital role in shaping our union's policies and decisions. Your input will help drive our mission forward, advocating for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.

  3. Solidarity: It's a chance to connect with fellow union members, share experiences, and work together to face challenges head-on. When we unite, we are stronger.

  4. Personal Growth: The training is an excellent opportunity for personal development, and enhancing your leadership, communication, and negotiation skills.

Our next training is July 13, 2024! Deadline to register is June 14. Please contact our Chief Steward, Jessie Mendoza, if you are interested in learning more about becoming a Union representative or would love to attend the training! Together, we are stronger!


Grow Our Membership!

From our humble beginnings in the late '80s, we've seen remarkable growth as an employee organization. What started with just 30% membership has evolved into a collective force that champions the rights and benefits of CSU employees. While our journey hasn't been without challenges—such as the struggle to regain our Salary Steps system, which we successfully achieved in 2023—our mission persists. Today, we're proud of our accomplishments but recognize there's more work to do. As we approach the upcoming bargaining cycle, 26% of our union family remain non-members. Join us in fortifying our unity at the bargaining table, ensuring a stronger, more empowered community for all.

Dear non-members, the time has come! To safeguard the strides we've made since our establishment in the late '80s and to ensure the protection of our hard-fought gains (Salary Steps), it's crucial that each of us stands in solidarity with our CSUEU community and becomes an active member of the union(opens in new window). Let's unite for a stronger, more resilient future together.


Grow Our PAC!

Your voice matters. As public sector employees, our influence in shaping policies relies on supporting pro-labor candidates and causes. To amplify our impact in Sacramento, we need a stronger Political Activities Committee (PAC). Your $15 pledge to the PAC will bolster our advocacy team, fuel crucial Lobby Days, and provide vital legislative training for members. Join the Champion Circle today, empowering us to champion your interests effectively.(opens in new window)

Grow Our Union!

Our commitment extends beyond membership—it's about amplifying the collective strength of workers through unionization. Celebrating our recent milestone in securing union elections for students is a testament to our dedication. When we organize non-union employees, our union grows stronger. Our ongoing fight continues as we set our sights on future groups to organize. The voices of thousands of overworked and under-supported student assistants across the CSU system have spurred action. They've chosen unionization to combat these challenges, and we stand by them in their quest for change, as we will with future employee groups in the CSU. 


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