Bargaining Updates (2018)
Week # 5 (September 25th & 30th)
We are very pleased to announce that UAW 4123 has reached an agreement with the CSU for a new contract for ASEs. We have been working hard to advocate for the best contract possible, and pushing the CSU to improve working conditions and pay for all ISAs, TAs and GAs. While not all of our demands were met we are happy to announce the following 2 year contract:
We won 3% across the board wage increases for TAs and GAs EACH YEAR over the next two academic years (i.e., 3% in 2018 and 3% in 2019).
ISAs will see the floor for the pay range increase by $.50 cents/hour each year for the next two years, while ISAs currently paid more than the minimum range will see a $.25 cents/hour raise each year for the next two years.
Pay raises will be retroactive to July 1, 2018. We will keep you updated as soon as we know when those will be issued.
Our non-economic wins include:
Ensuring that pedagogical training for ASEs required as a condition of their employment is paid work time and that all course fees are waived.
CSU has agreed to meet with the union at least 3-times a year to address issues affecting immigrant (both documented and undocumented) and international students (F-1 and J-1 Visa holders). This will give the union an opportunity to address any changes to the law that may negatively affect our immigrant community.
Workload conditions have been changed to ensure that ASEs will be paid for the hours they actually work. The responsibility lies on the supervisor to inform the ASE of the workload and where and how to report hours that you have worked in excess of your allotted hours.
In addition to the wins, we would like to reiterate that we did not make concessions on any of the hard-fought wins from the past 15 years. CSU wanted to take away our parking rights, but we fought hard to keep that right, among other rights previously won. We are enthusiastic about the gains that we have made for all Academic Student Employees at the CSU. We will be ratifying the contract in the coming weeks, and will be coming to your campus, where you will have an opportunity to vote to ratify the contract. Additionally we will be sending an online link, where you can cast your ballot as well.
Thank you for your help and support. If you have any questions or comments or concerns do not hesitate to contact us at: email@example.com
UAW Local 4123
Week # 4 (September 20th & 21st)
Last week we bargained at SDSU. CSU offered us their proposals on wages, and they were insulting. Even after we demonstrated that the Academic Student Employees at CSU are struggling, CSU bargaining team sat there stone-faced. We are going to fight until CSU offers us a substantial wage increase, that affects all members of the bargaining unit.
CSU also offered us their proposals on grievances, and proposed language that will make it harder for a grievant and the union to bring a grievance in front of a third-party arbitrator. Again,we rejected this proposals, and will not let CSU weaken our right to grieve any and all transgressions by the management.
We will be bargaining in Long Beach this week, we will keep you updated. In the meantime, if you haven’t liked our Facebook page, please consider liking the page, so that we may keep you updated in real time. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/UAWLocal4123/
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UAW Local 4123
Week # 3 (September 12th & 13th)
We are writing to update you on the third bargaining session that was held in Fresno, this week. This week started with the CSU proposing to take our parking privileges away. CSU proposed to revoke the ability of a large majority of Academic Student Employees to purchase faculty/staff parking passes. It goes without saying that we will not let CSU take away a hard-fought right such as parking privileges.
We proposed to CSU our economic measures. We have proposed wage increases, tuition waivers, and language that will make it easier for employees to obtain health care. CSUs response at the table was nothing short of condescending. As we spoke of tuition waiver, one member of CSU’s bargaining team proceeded to “show us” the fee structure of the university, and asking us whether we are aware how much the tuition and fees are. Yes, we are aware, since we pay for it, and go into exorbitant amounts of debt. As we spoke of pay raises, another member of CSU’s bargaining team started mentioning how little he used to get paid when he was in graduate school. The attitude of CSU ran from cold indifference to narrow legalism, to avoid getting into the nitty-gritty of our economic proposals.
In addition, we proposed language change in the non-discrimination article of our contract and proposed a stricter timeline for resolution of harassment cases. We strongly believe that justice delayed is justice denied. We also proposed an MOU that puts on paper CSUs promise to make it’s campuses a safe space for documented and undocumented immigrants, as well as for POC. CSU must live up to its promises of “inclusion and diversity.”
As we move into the final stages of our regularly scheduled bargaining dates, we need the support of EVERY member. Please contact us if you would like to get involved and help us win a great successor contract by replying to this email, or by emailing us at email@example.com
UAW Local 4123
Week # 2 (August 27th - 31st)
We are writing to update you on the second session of bargaining that we did with CSU this week. This week we proposed changes to the contract to ensure that every member of the bargaining unit is getting paid for every hour that they work. We want to ensure that every employee gets paid for any training or work-related pedagogy classes that they take. We also proposed to CSU a systematic means to report hours worked over-time to the administration, to ensure fair and swift pay disbursement for extra time worked. So far, the university has yet to offer counter proposals to our demands.
We will keep on fighting to ensure that we make CSU a safe, and fair place to work for all Academic Student Employees. But we need to support of all the members. If you would like to volunteer in helping the union with your fellow Academic Student Employees, who may not be members yet, please respond to this email, or reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UAW Local 4123
Week # 1 (August 6th - 10th)
As you are aware, we started bargaining for our successor contract this week. Our current contract ends on September 30, 2018. We are striving for a better contract that gives us pay raises, improves our benefits and gives us stronger protection against workplace bullying and harassment.
As a first-step towards creating fairer working conditions, this week we proposed changes to Article 2 of our contract that will guarantee minimum hours for TAs, GAs, and ISAs. We have also proposed language to provide year-long appointments (as opposed to semester to semester) for all Academic Student Employees. CSU seemed to have been listening. Perhaps they will understand that the already underpaid Academic Student Employees at CSU, who live paycheck to paycheck, should not have to suffer from the added stress a “fluctuating paycheck.”
We, Academic Student Employees at CSU, are an integral part of of the university. CSU depends on our labor, and we provide value not only to CSU but also to our peers and our fellow students and educators. But we cannot be complacent and expect that CSU will have a change of heart this year and will meet our demands. We must organize, and have our collective voices heard at each bargaining session, and have a strong showing of members at the bargaining table.
We need the support of the membership to be able to make significant gains at the bargaining table. We need your support and your involvement. If you would like to get more involved, please fill out the attached form, and someone will be in touch with you shortly. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to reach us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bargaining volunteer form: https://goo.gl/forms/SViluILhsrJqp52C3
UAW Local 4123
Bargaining Updates (2016)
Week # 5 (September 27th and 28th)
The UAW Local 4123 bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement with California State University on a 2-year successor contract. Highlights of the agreement include:
Improved annual wage increases for all members of the bargaining unit, retroactive to July 1, 2016
Improved workload protections to ensure pay for all hours worked
Paid hours and no fees for pedagogy classes
Improved gender equity issues relating to all gender bathrooms and lactation stations
Improved union access
The ability to give us, Academic Student Employees, tuition-waiver lies with the president of the campus. We will continue fighting on individual campuses for tuition-waivers.
This and more will be explained in the membership meetings on your campus. It is important that you attend membership meetings for further explanation of the contract and for the last step to finalizing the contract – a ratification vote. We will also discuss the methods to winning tuition-waivers on campuses during our membership meeting. Stay tuned for more information by liking our Facebook page facebook.com/uawlocal4123.
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UAW Local 4123 Bargaining Team
Week # 4 (September 6th and 7th)
We are writing to update you on our fourth bargaining session with CSU.
Despite our impassioned arguments for a 30% pay increase, and expansion of tuition waivers and benefits, which is crucial to fighting widespread student poverty and homelessness, the CSU offered us a measly 4% raise, spread over two years (2%, 2%). For ISAs they offered only a $0.50 increase spread over two years ($0.25, $0.25). CSU doesn’t want to commit to a pay raise for the third year for TAs, GAs, and ISAs. They have refused additional tuition waivers, as well.
The CSU bargaining team, does not seem to have any intention to address the crisis of student poverty and homelessness. The CSU system wants to continue the status quo and is hoping to get away with exploitation for the next three years. While administrators get pay raises, we are to live in our cars and go without food, while struggling to keep up with our jobs and classes. We are toiling to provide better learning conditions for our peers and our students, while trying to graduate on time. Yet the CSU insults us, all 11,000 of us, by offering us this meager wage increases.
Friends, the only way we can win a better contract, is by standing together. We need to demonstrate to CSU that we indeed are willing to fight for our benefits. That is why we have decided to make our case in front of the CSU Board-of-Trustees and the public.
On Wednesday, September 21st at 10am, at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach, we plan to tell the CSU Board-of-Trustees that it is painful to see the disregard CSU’s bargaining team has for the 11,000 Academic Student Employees who are essential to the functioning of CSU. It is imperative to have a good showing there. Your involvement could ensure better working conditions for all the ASEs at CSU, for the next three years.
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We hope to see you at the Chancellor’s Office
Week # 3 (August 23rd and 24th)
We are writing to update you on our third bargaining session. In an effort to stop student poverty, we introduced a series of progressive economic proposals, including substantial wage increases over the next three years, and a $15 minimum wage, and full or partial tuition waivers for all ASEs . We expect substantial pushback on our demands, but are committed to securing the best contract possible.
CSU proposed handling all discrimination and harassment complaints internally without access to neutral arbitrators. It is unacceptable to our members to have any article of the contract not come before a neutral third party arbitrator. We cannot rely upon CSU’s own employees to stop harassment. The CSU bargaining committee also blew off our attempt to ensure reasonable and safe access to Gender Neutral Bathrooms and Lactation Stations by claiming that they were in compliance with the law, and that they will deal with gender neutral bathroom access internally.
In addition to the university trying to weaken non-discrimination protections they are attempting to gut any workload protections we currently have and introduce new provisions that would allow them to discipline workers who work too much, and eradicate payment to ISAs for canceled tutoring appointments. Your union will stand strong and ensure that we are paid for all of our time spent helping make CSU the university it is.
We need your help to amplify the message that we need improved wages and benefits like tuition waivers to stop student poverty. Please help us by submitting testimonials that will illustrate that these improvements are important issues impacting the wellbeing and livelihoods of our membership. Also, if not already a member, please join the union! Our next bargaining session will be September 7th so please submit any testimonials to the following email by September 6th firstname.lastname@example.org.
UAW Local 4123
Week # 2 (July 27th and 28th)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are writing to update you on the second bargaining session of bargaining. We have been working hard to develop specific economic proposals to improve our contract, including advocating for tuition waivers, pay increases, and expanding health care benefits.
CSU, after nearly a month since the last bargaining session, failed to offer any counter proposals, new proposals, or even respond to our request for information critical to bargain the contract. This is unacceptable and indicates that the university isn't serious about stopping student poverty when approximately 10% of CSU students are homeless.
We can’t let this happen and as your representatives we will fight hard to ensure that our voice is heard. But we need your help.
In a few weeks, thousands of new ISAs, GAs, and TAs will be attending new employee orientations at their campuses. We need to make sure that every new employee knows the importance of what the union is doing. If you can help talk to new employees in your department, please email us at
We have a challenging fight ahead, but this is also an excellent opportunity to fight for the CSU that is fair, equitable, and accessible for all.
Week # 1 (June 28th and 29th)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are writing to share our impressions and updates for the first round of collective bargaining for our new contract and solicit your support in helping us to fight for a fair and equitable contract. Our first round of bargaining focused on workplace safety issues. Our proposals included ensuring all ASE’s have access to gender-neutral bathrooms and lactation rooms, ensuring timely investigations of harassment and discrimination grievances, expanding access to paid family leave and benefits, and improved access to (paid) pedagogical training and orientations.
Expectantly, we received substantial push-back on these proposals, particularly with regards to expanding gender-neutral bathroom access and timely investigation of harassment and discrimination grievances. CSU said that they “hear us,” after we shared testimonials from some of our members about the lack of access to all-gender bathrooms. But they did not agree to any solutions, and said that they will get back to us. It is clear to us after the first week of bargaining that CSU plans to fight us on all these demands and it’s vital for us to be organized, and have as much support from you, our members, as we can garner moving forward. We expect to receive even more pushback when advocating for improved compensation and benefits.
Recognizing this, we are campaigning to secure as many written testimonials as we can about how low compensation, lack of appropriate health-care coverage, lack of tuition waivers, lack of workplace safety, and lack of training has impacted the lives of CSU Academic Student Employees. If you are an ASE who supports these demands and has been affected personally by any of the issues please consider writing a testimonial on how it’s impacted you, your work, and your educational experience. The more evidence we have of our students struggling under our current working conditions the harder it is for them to ignore us and the better we can fight for the CSU system that we deserve.
Please share your story with us at email@example.com
Thank you for your support!
UAW 4123 Bargaining Team