BIG NEWS! CSUEU Bargaining Team reached a Tentative Agreement on Wednesday (Oct. 11) with CSU management, which, if approved by the CSUEU membership, would be historic for delivering a transformed and more equitable salary steps structure for CSU Support Staff. The Bargaining Team unanimously recommends a YES vote on the Tentative Agreement. The agreement would extend the current contract through 2026. Units 2, 5, 7 and 9 staff will get a 5% general salary increase (GSI) effective July 1, 2023 with full retroactive pay. They will get another 5% raise effective July 1 of 2024, less than 10 months from now. We will then transition to steps on Oct.1, 2025. This win is 30 years in the making – and WE made it happen through our unwavering commitment and pressure on CSU leadership throughout the bargaining process. We spoke up in front of the Board of Trustees; we advocated with state legislators at the state Capitol; we marched and chanted at rallies ; and we made sure the media carried our message far and wide! On Wednesday, nearly 400 workers from across Southern California campuses gathered at CSU Long Beach to support the Bargaining Team on what would turn out to be the final negotiation session. Sibling unions from our Labor Coalition as well as a cadre of Student Assistants also joined in the noontime rally. Fiscal Year 23/24 with retro to July 1, 2023 for those on active payroll on Oct 31, 2023: 5% GSI Fiscal Year 24/25 effective July 1, 2024: 5% GSI Fiscal Year 25/26, effective Oct. 1 2025: Movement of all employees into their target step of the new salary structure which will have new minimums and maximums with 2% between each of the 20 steps. As typically happens in any give-and-take bargaining, there were trade-offs. In this agreement, the CSU has the right to increase parking. We limited the increase to $2 per month after Jan. 1, 2024; $1 per month in the 24/25 fiscal year; and $2 per month in the 25/26 fiscal year. This limits the parking increase to $48 over the three-year contract. This is optional for campuses to implement. Going into bargaining, members had a valid concern that management would attempt to get concessions on healthcare and other benefits in Article 21. Our Bargaining Team was able to protect major benefits and limit changes to parking only. The CSU agreed to timely, third-party assisted classification reviews to address the issues in class standard deficiencies identified in the Mercer Study. We were also able to secure a clause in which if another union receives more than 5% GSI in Fiscal Year 23/24 and Fiscal Year 24/25, we will go back to the table to negotiate additional increases for our members. What’s Next We will hold many Zoom town halls and in-person meetings as we move towards contract ratification. Specifics of the agreement will be posted at www.csueu.org/bargaining as soon as possible. Remember: It’s a called a “tentative agreement” because it needs to be approved by the membership! And only members are eligible to vote. Join and become member today – and be sure to join our Political Activities Committee so that we can continue building our Path to Power!