Seems like just last year we finalized our contract with the CSU – and in fact, we did. But now it’s time to “re-open” the wages and benefits section of the collective bargaining agreement and our Bargaining Team is ready! The CSUEU and CSU Bargaining Teams met on Friday via Zoom, presenting our opening proposal. Our goal is to have a contract that implements the recommendations of the Mercer salary study, with 5% annual steps increases for employees with positive performance evaluations. The CSU indicated their opening proposal, to be presented at the first bargaining session on Feb. 17, will include steps. The CSU is very committed to a step-based compensation structure, they said, as is the CSU Board of Trustees. Here comes the “But…”; the CSU warned us that they believe the state budget funding would not be adequate to build a step structure for the 20,000 Support Staff employees who currently have no meaningful path for pay advancement other than the cost-of-living adjustments their unions negotiate every few years. Both CSUEU and the CSU have ideas for how to build an affordable step structure, which is desperately needed to stem the double-digit rates of turnover the CSU is seeing as workers seek better-paying employment opportunities. Campuses operate because we show up for work and it is past time for the CSU to recognize the essential services CSUEU members provide. More than 4,000 workers participated in the bargaining survey conducted last month, and we will share highlights in the coming weeks. Exciting to see engagement is strong and if you have not yet joined the Path to Power , now is the time to activate your CSUEU membership!