More Campaign News
January 16, 2019
We received nearly 500 responses to a survey distributed last month to assess how campus closures affected CSUEU represented support staff who were deemed “essential” and required to work even as the Air Quality Index levels registered "very unhealthy" or "hazardous."
“Thank you to all who took the time to complete this important survey. From the responses received, there are serious questions and concerns our Union has which we need Management to address,” said Rocky Sanchez, Vice President for Representation. “Our overall goal is to improve the process for the next time, which unfortunately will come, when disaster strikes and Management has to decide what staffing levels are needed and where. We need to ensure that safety protocols are widely understood, and plans have been thought through and not made in the middle of an emergency.”
This was the second time in two years that CSU campuses have shut down or were evacuated due to a natural disaster even as a group of employees were identified as “essential” and expected to work. And yet it remains unclear what criteria and guidelines CSU administrators use – in times of crises - to identify “essential” personnel and what safety precautions are in place to ensure workers’ health and well-being are not jeopardized.
Here are some key take-aways. And remember, it's We, Union Members, who are leading the way for change!
Today’s report shows that:
The CSU does not have adequate policies and processes to protect the health and safety of those who work with or near hazardous materials – this includes our student population.
The CSU has repeatedly ignored recommendations and failed to address deficiencies cited by the university auditor.
And it’s not like the CSU did ...
The audit – requested by the CSU Employees Union (CSUEU) and authored by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – was unanimously approved last year by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee in response to disturbing trends that threaten the health of CSU campuses, and strong evidence that CSU regulations and state laws are being usurped or ignored:
At CSU Sacramento, a 10-month delay occurs before the campus community is notified of lead in the drinking ...