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We won Steps!
After a long and hard decade of fighting to win back Salary Steps for Staff, CSUEU members can finally declare victory!
Our CSUEU Bargaining Team, boosted by strong membership activism across campuses, secured a Tentative Agreement with full steps implementation in October 2025.
Our path to winning salary reform was paved through legislative activism as well. Our CSUEU Legislative Committee prioritized developing relationships with legislators who championed pay equity for Staff. With the support of former Assemblymember Shirley Webber and former state Sen. Connie Leyva, we brought several bills before the state Legislature passed to require the CSU re-establish a Steps salary structure, which Management unilaterally removed in 1996. Gov. Gavin Newsom decided salary reform was best addressed at the bargaining table and instructed the CSU to work with Staff unions to reach pay equity.
We will continue to expand our political activities in Sacramento where CSU funding decisions are made. Contribute to our Political Activities Committee today to ensure we elect pro-worker leaders who support higher-education and the workforce that keeps the University running.
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.
KEY DATES 2022
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
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
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