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State Employees Trades Council Reaches Tentative Contract Agreement with California State University

Union Members to Vote on Furlough Option as Part of Contract


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State Employees Trades Council Reaches Tentative Agreement with Cal State

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(August 21, 2009) – The State Employees Trades Council (SETC)-United has reached a tentative agreement with the California State University on a new collective bargaining agreement to run through June 30, 2011.  The agreement was reached following recommendations issued by a neutral factfinder. 

In addition, the SETC-United will hold a vote of its approximately 1,000 members next week on the CSU’s proposal to furlough employees two days per month.  Almost all of the CSU’s 47,000 employees began the furlough process in August, but SETC had previously chosen to opt for layoffs as per its contract.

The tentative agreement maintains the current salary scale with no increases, but provides for the option of reopening salary and benefit terms in 2010-2011. 

SETC-United represents skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers and carpenters who maintain CSU’s campus facilities. 

As part of an overall comprehensive plan to address a $564 million cut to the CSU’s general fund support for 2009-10, CSU has implemented two day per month furloughs for employees to cut salary expenditures by $275 million. 

A furlough is a mandated period of time off without pay.  Furloughs differ from salary reductions and pay cuts in that they are temporary and do not affect employment status, or health benefit eligibility or pay rate for retirement benefits.

Employees are required not to work on furlough days.   

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