FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 7, 2022 Contact: Khanh Weinberg (408) 921-0098 SACRAMENTO - A recent, independent salary study of the California State University, presented to the state Legislature and the Department of Finance in May, shows that the CSU’s 30,000 non-faculty employees are, on average, underpaid between 12%-20% compared to the market. Now further analysis from the California State University Employees Union, SEIU 2579, reveals that the pay gap is even wider when gender and race are factored. The new research , with methodology verified by the UC Berkeley Labor Center, shows that on average: Non-white men earn 2.7% less than their counterparts who are white men White women earn 5.2% less than white men Non-white women earn 6.5% less than white men “The California State University in May publicly warned state legislators that its mission to serve students is in jeopardy if it can no longer hire and keep qualified staff due to stagnant wages,” said Catherine Hutchinson, CSUEU President. “With this additional research showing that women and workers of color face greater pay inequities within the University system, it is imperative that Gov. Gavin Newsom fully fund the recommendations from the salary study to help the CSU to address systemic inequities that harm support staff who provide essential services for student success.” Gov. Gavin Newsom has 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. Annette Bernhardt, Director of Technology and Work Program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, reviewed the racial and gender research and verified its methodology. 'This report leverages a unique and powerful data source and applies well-established statistical methods to project that shifting to the ‘Steps’ system will reduce race and gender inequality in salaries,' said Bernhardt. The full salary study is posted here . Background 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. The CSUEU research finds that adopting a salary structure with predicable “steps” would dramatically reduce the gender and wage inequality for CSU non-faculty employees. Additional information is posted here: www.csueu.org/advocacy ### The California State University Employees Union represents the largest segment of non-faculty employees at the California State University. CSUEU's 16,000 members support and oversee academics and operations, working at 23 campuses as well as at the Office of the Chancellor, in information technology, healthcare, clerical, administrative and academic support, campus operations, grounds and custodial.