Dear Members:

This Summer, the Union’s Bargaining Team is considering whether to begin negotiations over salaries and benefits, [1]  or to instead focus our energy and organizing resources on helping pass Governor Brown’s tax initiative, Prop 30 (http://protectschoolsandpublicsafety.org/). We need your feedback on this important question no later than this Thursday, July 19, 2012.

If the initiative passes, CSU will dodge $250 million in “trigger cuts”.  Also, as a result of advocacy by Union members and student organizations, CSU will refund this year’s tuition increase after the November election IF Governor Brown’s tax initiative passes (this refund will be discussed at the July Board of Trustees meeting tomorrow, July 17, 2012).[2]

In order to make this critical decision, the Bargaining Team wants YOUR FEEDBACK.

In order to make this critical decision, the Bargaining Team wants YOUR FEEDBACK.

CLICK HERE if you think the Union should focus on passing Governor Brown’s tax initiative (Prop 30) to help re-fund the CSU, and wait to begin full contract negotiations until Spring 2013.

CLICK HERE if you think the Union should begin negotiating now, before the November election.

For more information on how to get involved, including how to keep CSU leaders focused on affordability and not giving CSU executive’s raises, visit http://www.uaw4123.org/get-involved/

If you have any questions, feel free to respond to this email or call our statewide office at (916) 498-9452.

For more links and information about upcoming actions, please go to our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/UAWLocal4123 and like us!


[1] This type of contract negotiations are referred to as “re-openers”.  Under our agreement, we have the right to “re-open” the contract over salaries and benefits this summer.  Full contract negotiations – which include talks over salaries, benefits and all the other rights and protections under our contract, are scheduled to begin in Spring 2013.

[2] You can read more about the deal struck regarding tuition refunds in this LA Times article published on June 28, 2012: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0628-uc-tuition-20120628,0,1350860.story