The Senate Education Committee passed SB 566, a bill that will restore 5% salary steps for 20,000 California State University support staff. State Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino), author of the bill, addressed the Committee on March 10, noting that the CSU is “the only state agency to eliminate salary steps for support staff and is currently the only state agency that does not provide salary steps. As a result, staff have not been able to progress in an equitable manner compared to their counterparts.” Sen. Leyva shared that new hires, on average, earn about $780 per month more than their peers who do the exact same jobs. “This marginalization isn’t only unfair, it’s demoralizing for the hardworking employees that keep our CSU system functioning,” said Sen. Leyva. Many employees affected are the lowest-paid employees such as custodians and groundskeepers. The committee of seven members passed the bill with Sen. Steven Glazer voting No; Senators Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh and Brian Dahle abstained. The Teamsters are a co-sponsor of the bill. Speaking on behalf of SB 566 by telephone was Vicky McLeod, chair of CSUEU’s legislative committee who works at CSU Fullerton. View the committee meeting . “For 25-years, the CSU has been unwilling to reinstate salary steps despite the failure of the existing salary structure and the inability of employees to earn a fair and equitable wage,” said McLeod. “Our employees should not be forced to work without merit pay that other state employees are eligible to receive. Especially when the CSU is allowed to accrue billions of dollars in surplus funds.' McLeod noted that both Governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom have directed the CSU to pursue a negotiated resolution and review the compensation and economic mobility for its lowest-wage employees. “Although we will soon begin a management-labor group to review our salary structure, our requests to bargain salary steps have mostly been ignored,” McLeod said. The Senate Appropriations Committee will next consider the bill. Read the Fact Sheet on SB 566 and our press release .