By Vicky McLeod Chair, CSUEU Legislative Committee Chapter President, CSU Fullerton This week, I had the chance to represent our Union in meeting with California’s top elected leaders as part of CSU’s joint advocacy to seek additional funding to reduce equity gaps, provide fair and competitive salaries for faculty and staff, and meet the growing infrastructure needs of our campuses. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal includes a multi-year compact with the CSU that offers predictable and more sustainable funding – but we need more. Our delegation, comprising Chancellor Joseph Castro and representatives from the California Faculty Association, Academic Senate and the Cal State Student Association, asked for $223 million to cover a 4% raise (July 2022) plus a separate amount to fund forthcoming recommendations based on a salary study underway. Via video, we met with the following leaders: - Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) , who shared his view that classified staff are important and often the first employees that many people meet on campus. He supports the CSU request for funding. - Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) , who said she felt the state has underfunded higher education for a long time. - Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) , who expressed strong support for funding salary reform at the CSU and said she sees the CSU as educating the state’s future leaders. - Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), who was very engaging and interacted with each speaker. He indicated he wants to see how the compact will affect the CSU. I should also note that Professor Steven Filling, representing CFA, was a strong advocate, repeatedly calling for increased compensation for Support Staff. We have additional meetings scheduled later this month with Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco); Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento); and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood). Members of the CSUEU Legislative Committee stay connected with state legislators who every year vote to fund the CSU and its vital services and programs. You can support our advocacy work by contributing to our Political Activities Committee .