CSU Employee Update August 24, 2009

CSU, Skilled Trades Union Reach Tentative Agreement
The CSU and the State Employees Trades Council-United (SETC) have reached a tentative agreement that maintains the current salary scale with no increases, but provides the option of reopening salary and benefit terms in the 2010-11 fiscal year. The agreement, which is in effect until June 30, 2011, was reached following recommendations by a neutral fact-finder.

In addition to the contract, SETC will poll its members this week on the CSU's proposal to furlough employees two days a month as part of the university's effort to manage a $564 million budget cut. SETC had previously chosen layoffs per its contract when the CSU began talks with all of its labor organizations on furloughs last month. Almost all of the CSU's 47,000 employees began furloughs August 1.

SETC represents approximately 1,000 employees in skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters and others who help maintain campus facilities.