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EdSource, CSU Lags Institutions Nationwide in Staff Pay, Study Finds.
Sacramento Bee: CSU university employees press CA Legislature for pay equity
Los Angeles Times: Women, Black, Latino workers underpaid by CSU, study finds
June 6, 2022 - We are on the cusp of winning salary reform at the CSU that will re-implement "steps" to the salary structure, tying employee salary increases to competency and length of service. The recent salary study shows that CSU non-faculty staff earn between 12%-20% less than the market. Further union analysis now reveals that women and workers of color at the CSU lag in pay compared to white men. A steps salary structure, removing implicit and explicit management biases, could cut the racial/gender pay inequities by half.
The state Legislature has agreed to increase support for the California University System by a total of $200 million in ongoing funding in order to lift stagnant wages for Support Staff at the CSU. We need Gov. Gavin Newsom to support the Legislative budget and commit to fully fund the recommendations of a salary study that showed University staff for far too long have earned less than the market.
The governor and legislators are in the final phase of budget negotiations. Send an email to the governor today to advocate for pay equity for Support Staff!
Budget Funding Status
We continue to press for full funding of the salary study's recommendations.
Gov. Gavin Newsom originally proposed a $211 million increase to CSU to cover compensation increases as part of his compact with the CSU. Last week, the Assembly and the Senate reached consensus to add $100 to the $211 million (to achieve 4% General Salary Increases for CSU bargaining units) and another $100 million in Budget Year + 1 to fund part of the Salary Study.
The CSU and CSUEU are jointly advocating for a $287 million state funding to be included in the state budget this year to tie employee salary increases to competency and length of service, just like all other state employees.
Upcoming campus actions: Chico, June 9; Sac State, June 10; SFSU, June 24
An independent salary study concluding that CSU Support Staff face wage stagnation and lack of growth potential.
CSU confirming the findings and raising the red flag that its "mission is in jeopardy if it is unable to recruit and retain qualified employees" to serve students.
June 2: CA Legislature Adds $200 Million for General Salary Increases and Salary Study Recommendations
May 25: CSU Board of Trustees Receives Salary Study
May 23: Good Jobs Lobby Day video
May 18: CA Assembly Subcommittee Reviews Salary Study Recommendations
April 28: CA Senate Budget Priorities Includes More Funding for CSU
Good Jobs Rally @ Pomona
Salary Study Summary Report
Full Salary Study: Staff Compensation Assessment
FAQs About the Study
FAQs About the Study - SPANISH
FAQs About the Study - CHINESE
CSU Labor Coalition Support Letter
Salary Study Implementation MOU
Salary Study Fact Sheet
July 14, 2021 | Marking a significant step forward, CSUEU’s decades-long efforts to fix CSU’s broken salary system now have legislative and executive branch backing – and funding – that may finally bring salary equity to the nation’s largest public university system.
Gov. Gavin Newsom this week signed SB129, a budget bill that allocates $2 million to the CSU state budget to hire an independent research firm to evaluate the current support staff salary structure at the CSU.
As CSUEU eNews reported last month, the comprehensive study will look at issues relating to salary inversion and provide recommended actions including but not limited to a salary steps model. The study’s findings will be reported to the Legislature by April 30, 2022, prior to the state adopting its 2022-23 state budget.
The legislative intent is that CSU would incorporate the on-going costs recommended by the study into its 2022 state budget request.
With cooperation from the CSU, our Union worked closely with our affiliate SEIU State Council and the Teamsters (plus support from UAPD and APC) to secure the study and its funding.
“For far too long, we have called attention to the egregious compensation system that penalizes CSU Support Staff for their years of service and commitment to the University," said CSUEU President Catherine Hutchinson. "We are gratified to see our legislative leaders allocate funding for an unprecedented review of the CSU salary structure – which University leaders have publicly acknowledged to be broken.”
In December, 5,000 Support Staff participated in focus groups, conducted by Mercer, which is charged with producing a comprehensive report in April 2022.
NOV 2021 - FEB 2022 | Analysis of Study
APRIL 2022 | Study Due