The California State University Employee Update
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

CSU Employees Exempt from Minimum Wage Order

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued a directive to cut the pay of state workers to the federal minimum wage until a budget is passed, but CSU employees will continue to receive their regular compensation.

Gov. Schwarzenegger’s order to pay about 200,000 state workers the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour until a budget is signed was upheld by the Third District Court of Appeals. However, State Controller John Chiang has said that the state’s current payroll system is not capable of complying with the order. The governor’s office on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court seeking to force the state controller to comply with the order.

"We want to let CSU employees know that we have received confirmation from the State Controller's office that our employees' compensation is not impacted by this order," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Regardless of the outcome of the court proceedings, CSU employees will receive their regular paychecks and can expect their normal compensation." If it becomes necessary, the CSU will pay its employees with alternative revenue sources other than state general funds.

Update on Female Students' Participation in Athletics on Trustees' Agenda

The CSU Board of Trustees will receive a report detailing the rates of participation, expenditures and grants-in-aid for female students in intercollegiate athletics on the CSU’s NCAA member campuses when the board meets July 13 in Long Beach.  

Using the most recent data available from the 2008-09 academic year, the report shows that the CSU continues to make system-wide progress in all three areas. Dating back to 1992-1993, the CSU has seen an increase of approximately 124 percent in the number of women athletes, including an increase of 59 women since 2007-2008. Including a $4.5 million increase in 2008-2009, total expenditures have risen to $95.3 million, an increase of 751 percent. Additionally, the total funds from grants-in-aid rose to $15.4 million from $2.5 million, an increase of 516 percent.

In 1993, the CSU and the California National Organization for Women (CA NOW) entered into a consent decree to increase participation, funding and the number of grants-in-aid for female athletes. By 2000 it was determined that the consent decree had been satisfied but the Chancellor and CSU campus presidents agreed to continue to report the findings on a voluntary basis.

Also on the agenda is a report on the CSU’s 2010-11 budget. The state legislature’s June 15 constitutional deadline to pass a budget has been missed and there is little to no indication that a compromise budget plan is in sight. Board of Trustees agenda.