CSUEU, Teamsters 2010, and the CSU are working together with the consultant group Mercer to study the CSU salary system for non-faculty staff represented by a union. The main objective of the study is to correct 'inversion,' the result of the CSU’s longstanding practice of hiring a new employee at a higher pay rate than a senior employee even though both perform the same or very similar work. CSUEU found that as many as 60% of our members are affected by this practice. Mercer is also tasked with proposing recommendations for salary reform through salary steps or better alternatives. The study will review the CSU classification system and could propose other reforms. Employees may receive an email inviting them to participate in online focus groups in early December. The focus groups will protect participants’ anonymity and we encourage employees to engage. Mercer will conduct a market study to compare CSU job/pay range to similar jobs in higher education and, if relevant, private industry. The study will focus on base wages and will not delve into the complex comparisons around benefits. We expect the study to be completed in mid-March. The Chancellor will report out to the State Department of Finance and Assembly and Senate Budget committees on April 30. The CSUEU, Teamsters, and the CSU plan to work together to seek funding in the 2022 state budget to implement the recommendations of the report.