Member union dues are a union’s only funding stream. Our union power grows when we all chip in to finance crucial union operations like contract negotiations and enforcement, legislative engagement at the Capitol, legal representation, grievances, and much more. The CSUEU Board of Directors voted to support a major “Path to Power” initiative anchored by five pillars. All five components work together to support the organization, our members, and the growth of organized labor at the CSU. As shown in the bargaining survey, our members’ mandate is clear: Win back Step increases. The CSUEU Bargaining Team is now at the table negotiating Steps; to win will take additional resources. Currently, CSUEU members contribute 1 percent of our salary in union dues. This is the lowest rate of contribution of any Local union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which has some 2 million members. The CSUEU Board of Directors is proposing to adjust the dues rate to 1.2 percent, an increase of .2 percent (one-fifth of one percent of salary). Example: If your (gross) earning is $50,000 a year, your dues deduction is currently $41.67 per month. At 1.2 percent, it would be $50 per month. All members will be eligible to vote on the dues increase and the majority of voters must vote YES for the proposal to pass. Use the union dues calculator . Non members can activate their union membership today and be eligible to vote in May. Dues: Frequently Asked Questions The Board is committed to financial transparency and does not take a dues vote lightly. Our Path to Power requires two resources: money and member activism. The additional dues revenue will be used to increase staffing members will share their Labor Representative with only two campuses per assignment (versus the current three). Labor Representatives work with Chapters to develop member activists and stewards who make sure workers’ rights are protected. Boosting staff capacity will ensure we are strike-ready. Additionally, we would like to hire a Political Director who can advocate on members’ behalf in Sacramento where crucial funding decisions are made. Legislators need to hear from us, the CSU employees, as their constituents. Why Vote Yes? Our “Path to Power” strategy to win in 2023 has multiple elements, from growing and engaging our membership to holding the CSU accountable to its mission to serve as an engine of opportunity for working class families. The path to winning also requires amassing the resources needed to win: Building our union funds to hire more labor representatives so that we have more boots on the ground. We must show the CSU we are ready and willing to do whatever it takes to win an equitable salary structure, one where employees can grow – not stagnate – with years of dedicated service. We must show the state that workers are ready to put our money behind the fight for equity. We must show ourselves that we are worthy of an additional investment in ourselves and our future The Board of Directors recommends a YES vote!