Name : Martin Brenner Job Title : Instructional Technology Specialist Campus : CSU Long Beach, Bob Cole Conservatory Years with CSU : 36 I have been a full-time staff member at CSU Long Beach for over 36 years as well as an adjunct faculty member. I started as an Equipment Technician Electronic in 1983 when there was only a single computer in the department. I have a degree in Economics from the University of California San Diego. My interest in being part of the bargaining process is based to gain contract language that will better protect our represented staff from the effects of arbitrary and capricious management practices and oversight. We also need to stem the loss of quality living wage positions by rejecting the CSU's pervasive practices of contracting out collective bargaining work and the over-utilization of temporary employment status positions. How has CSUEU helped employees? CSUEU helps me as well as others by ensuring that management is held accountable to reasonable employment and workplace practices. This includes fair wages, workplace safety and equity within limited scope of federal/state law and the CBA. Without the CSUEU our workers would be at the mercy of a host of managers some of whom are bad actors. We would also be a very low priority in the budget and suffer erosion of wages and benefits. How could CSU improve to be a premiere employer? The CSU could be improved by having a professional development path for employees as well as a more consistent and higher quality of oversight in its operations. Share some union wins? “Wins” happen in two distinct ways. In a conventional sense we have a “win” when we prevail over management when they do something improperly, such as sustaining a Grievance of ULP. Enforcing a contract provision and saving a position are also “wins.” Often the real wins are not victories over management: Helping employees get re-classified, In-Range-Progressions, assisting them with FMLA, workplace accommodations, etc. The latter are too numerous to mention. Also in this non-oppositional sense there are “wins”, and I see these as the greatest “wins”, where we effectively interface with management informally (or through the LMC), where the workplace improves and this benefits both the University (management and the community) as well as our represented staff. These include health and safety issues that we work collaboratively, some HR issues with employees, and other logistical issues where we work out issues with management to create a higher satisfaction for all parties. At CSU Long Beach, we have had a number of 'Meet and Confer' wins. Recent agreements covering License Plate Recognition are an example of this as well as stemming a layoff at CSU Humboldt. What does a union mean to you? What a union means to me: a group of people working as a coalition to pursue the common good of that group. Often this common good benefits others as well. For example: ensuring a safe, equitable workplace with secure living wage jobs not only benefits covered workers, it sets a standard that others also benefit from. It also benefits the community that those workers live and work in. This increases professionalism and continuity in the workplace which in turn benefits those that we provide services to, including faculty, students and the public.