Budget Update Students Protest Proposed Budget Cuts To Higher Education Democrats And Most Californians Dislike Lottery Plan Does Prop. 13 Need Revamping? The answer is “yes” for a growing number of advocates for change  Prop. 13’s provisions have created a difficult environment for CSUEU negotiators ASAs and ASCs: Submit Your Survey By June 30 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Spring Picnic Alliance Night At The Chico ‘Outlaws’ June 21 CSEA Benefits Fair Upcoming Events Budget Update Although both houses of the state legislature have approved the Governor’s May Revise level of funding for the CSU, restoring some $97.6 million to the ~$386 million in cuts that had been proposed last January, there’s still cause for concern. Sources of funding for the entire budget are tenuous, putting these restored funds at risk of getting cut once again. An even more pressing problem: language in the Senate version of the budget bill essentially penalizes the CSU for having recently served more students than was originally funded; it institutionalizes permanent future cuts based on the fact that CSU was able to serve more students on less money. Download a backgrounder prepared by the CSU about the Senate language. Get a helpful primer on the CSU budget. Feel free to contact your legislators to request their help both in overturning this Senate language and in supporting full funding of the CSU budget. Students Protest Proposed Budget Cuts To Higher Education Four thousand college students rallied at the state Capitol on April 22 to protest $1 billion in budget cuts that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing for California's three college systems in the coming fiscal year. Among the speakers was CSUEU President Pat Gantt, who noted that all CSU unions were well represented, as were students from every CSU campus. Students from many UC, state university and community college campuses marched about a mile from Raley Field to the Capitol, where they heard from Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and other speakers opposed to the governor's cuts to education. Similar protests were held at a half-dozen other locations up and down the state at the same time, from Los Angeles and San Diego in the south to Arcata in the north. 'Kick us out, we will vote you out,' the crowd in Sacramento chanted as they walked along a bridge crossing Highway 99, through downtown and onto the Capital steps. The line of students, which included hundreds from the Bay Area, stretched six blocks, and dozens of motorists honked in support as they drove by. See the online version of this article for photos of the event. Check the CSUEU home page for bulletins about the latest developments in the state budget process.  Click here for more event photos. Democrats And Most Californians Dislike Lottery Plan As of yesterday, the state Assembly’s Democratic leadership has gone on record rejecting Gov. Schwarzenegger’s proposal to tap the state lottery for new funds, alternatively proposing $11.5 billion in new taxes to balance the deficit-ridden state budget. Schwarzenegger wants to borrow against future lottery profits and use $5.1 billion of that loan for the 2008-09 budget, plus nearly $600 million in loans from various special funds, and fill the rest of the estimated $15.2 billion hole in the budget with spending cuts. Assembly Democrats have adopted a version of the lottery plan and have called for $6.4 billion in new revenues via new taxes, as of yet unspecified. Their actions echo the sentiments of most Californians, who dislike the governor’s budget plan and oppose his proposal to borrow from the state lottery. They are willing to accept a temporary increase in the sales tax if the governor’s lottery proposal fails, according to a statewide survey by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). A detailed press release distributed on May 21 reveals that solid majorities of residents (58%) and likely voters (62%) oppose the governor’s plan to raise revenue by borrowing from future lottery earnings, but majorities of residents (54%) and likely voters (57%) favor a temporary increase in the state sales tax if the lottery plan fails. When they are read a brief summary of the governor’s revised plan, just 35 percent of residents and likely voters say they are satisfied with it, the lowest level of satisfaction since Schwarzenegger took office in 2003. Majorities of residents (56%) and likely voters (57%) are dissatisfied. Does Prop. 13 Need Revamping? Does Prop. 13, the 1978 taxpayer revolt proposition that limited local government's ability to raise property taxes, need to be revamped? Yes, according to an opinion piece in the May 29 issue of the Los Angeles Times . Columnist Bill Swann, former press secretary to then-governor Jerry Brown, argues that, over the last 30 years, Prop. 13 has shifted power from local government to California state government while simultaneously shifting key sources of funding from property taxes to sales taxes. Coupled with many subsequent propositions that further muddied the state’s financial waters, Prop. 13 has wreaked havoc on legislators’ ability to hammer out a state budget each year, according to Swann. “This is a topic of high relevance to CSUEU members,” says CSUEU President Pat Gantt. “There’s a domino effect in play: local governments have increasing difficulty providing basic services, state government takes on the task of funding those services just as sources of state funding become increasingly erratic, legislators therefore decide that state budget cuts must be made in such areas as higher education, and the CSU isn’t provided the basic levels of funding needed to serve its mission. This is the environment within which CSUEU negotiators today bargain for better contracts—an environment that clearly would be very different had Prop. 13 not become law.” Additional resources: San Jose Mercury News blog about revising Prop. 13 Amazon.com description of Paradise Lost , a book about Prop. 13 written by veteran Sacramento journalist Peter Schrag Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association web site favoring Prop. 13  An easy-to-understand web video explanation of Prop. 13 from the homeowner’s point of view by Hemet, Calif.-based realtor John Occhi. Although this was taped before the current housing market crisis, its Prop. 13 information remains relevant. Note:  this video is almost 7 minutes long. ASAs and ASCs: Submit Your Survey By June 30 If you’re an Administrative Support Assistant (ASA) or Administrative Support Coordinator (ASC), you’ve heard by now that a crucial CSUEU survey is now in progress impacting everyone in your classification. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to submit your survey by the June 30 deadline . What is this all about? Following is the background: ASA and ASC classifications were established in 1998, both written within the scope of the Administrative Support Series. Because of changes over the last decade, including evolving internal campus structures, shifting departmental needs and enhanced technologies, these classifications need review by the Chancellor’s Office to address and rectify a series of issues: overlapping of job duties  uneven overlapping of pay ranges  lack of compensation for expanded changes in work duties—duties that often result in increased complexity without compensation for the additional enhanced skills gained  increased job duties that are technology-related The Steering Committee of the CSUEU Bargaining Unit 7 has developed the first in a series of surveys to gather information for this review. This data can be used to prioritize major issues that the revision of the current ASA & ASC classification must tackle, including current classifications, salary structure, compensation structure, and gender equality. Your participation is truly important! Questions? Contact Joan Kennedy , Cal Poly SLO, Unit 7 Consultant, or any other member of the Steering Committee: Annel Martin, Unit 7 Bargaining Unit Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org   Nancy Kobata, CSU Fresno, Classification Chair, email@example.com   Kathryn Plunkett, CSU Bakersfield, firstname.lastname@example.org   Diana Balli, CSU Los Angeles, dballi@cslanet.Calstatela.edu   Jennifer Elliott, CSU Northridge, email@example.com   Donna Mendez, CSU Los Angeles, dmelend@cslanet.Calstatela.edu   Dolores Rodriguez, CSU Fresno, firstname.lastname@example.org   Rocky Sanchez, Cal Poly Pomona, email@example.com   Luana Conley, CSU Monterey Bay, firstname.lastname@example.org   Michael Brandt, Cal Poly SLO, email@example.com   Sue Montgomery, CSU East Bay, firstname.lastname@example.org Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Spring Picnic By Joan Kennedy, President, Cal Poly SLO, Chapter 316 On June 4, Cal Poly SLO, Chapter 316 celebrated its annual Spring Picnic, a festive afternoon event that traditionally marks the end of each academic year. Well over 160 employees attended, marking one of the best turnouts ever. CSUEU Chief of Staff Phil Coonley and I spoke to the group. My introductory remarks included a progress report on our campus’ In Range Progression program. Currently available only to employees represented by CSUEU, an IRP is an increase within either a salary range for a single classification or a sub-range of a classification. Only one hundred Cal Poly employees had applied for the compensation program as of the picnic, and I used the occasion to remind applicants that Human Resources would inform them on June 10 as to whether their applications had been approved or denied. Phil, whom the Chapter had invited as the event’s keynote speaker, gave an informative speech about the IRP program and about his impressions of this program. He went on to educate the crowd about the Alliance for the CSU. Chapter representatives and Phil distributed Alliance cards, and, as a result, many were signed and turned in. But the highlight of the afternoon was the employee raffle. Staff were allowed to select the prize they wanted to win, and those snazzy prizes included a laptop carrier, a box of 16 wines glasses, an orchid plant, a lantern (non-propane; the lights go out a lot around SLO), a wine carrier, a glorious flower arrangement (arranged by moi). However, not surprisingly, hands-down the most popular prize was a $50 gas card! We gained several new members at the picnic. Welcome aboard to all of you! By every measure, the event was a huge success and served as a wonderful testament to fun, togetherness and great food for all participants. Click here for more event photos. Alliance Night At The Chico ‘Outlaws’ June 21 The Alliance for the CSU will be featured at the Chico Outlaws baseball game on Saturday evening June 21 with sign-up tables, special prizes and contests, banners, and the mascot Rascal wearing the biggest Alliance T-shirt ever made. Game time is 7 p.m.; gates open at 6 p.m. at Nettleton Stadium on Warner St. on the Chico State campus. Free tickets are available to CSU students, alumni and members of a variety of CSU and area unions, including the CSUEU. To reserve your free ticket by this week’s June 13 deadline, send a request to the CFA Chico chapter office at email@example.com , including your name, home phone and address, affiliation (CSUEU), email address, and the number of tickets you’re requesting. Alternatively, you can download a ticket request form with flyer at http://www.allianceforthecsu.org/Resources/outlaws.pdf CSEA Benefits Fair Attracts 1,000 About 1,000 people attended the 2nd Annual CSEA Member Benefits Fair on the lawn of the state Capitol on May 13. Information about the many benefits available to CSEA members and retirees was available, along with handouts from various businesses serving state workers and retirees. CSUEU sponsored a popular booth about benefits available to CSUEU members. SeaWorld and Capitol Weekly sponsored the event with CSEA. Retiree Lou Sartori addressed state workers who are preparing to retire, stressing the importance of joining CSEA Retirees, Inc. Bob Wright and Athena Summers, CSEA employment benefits representatives, answered questions about the many discounts only available to CSEA members. Click here for more event photos. For more information about CSEA member benefits, call (800) 952-5283 or visit the CSEA web site. Upcoming Events June 14-15:  Alliance for the CSU activities at commencement ceremonies at East Bay, Pomona, San Bernardino and San Luis Obispo, for more information contact the campus CFA chapter. June 15: Statutory deadline for a budget agreement in the legislature (this is rarely met) June 19: Executive Officers meeting in Redondo Beach June 20-22: Board of Directors meeting in Redondo Beach June 21: Alliance for the CSU night at Chico Outlaws baseball game. June 26: Sonoma State Wine Business event with the Alliance for the CSU, for more info contact the Sonoma campus CFA chapter .