Monday’s Letters to the Editor

CSU staff overlooked

EDITOR: Again, staff weren’t mentioned in the article about the convocation at Sonoma State University (“President sees positive changes ahead for college,” Aug. 19). Faculty were mentioned, including the lack of raises, the fact they are currently working without a contract, the new faculty hired last year and more hiring planned in the next three years.

Did you know that:

Staff at CSU received only a 1.3 percent raise over the past six years and that we worked a year on furlough — a 10 percent pay reduction?

As staff leave due to attrition, jobs were combined or eliminated with some staff now doing work previously handled by multiple people? Some lost positions may never be refilled.

Staff in the California State University Employees Union are working without a contract? A tentative agreement has been reached recently.

CSU campuses are similar to small cities, with staff providing services such as housekeeping, office work, technical, food service, accounting and plumbing. Members of several unions provide these services with pride, dedication and a desire to contribute to the educational experiences of students.

Frequently, staff are taken for granted; their contributions unacknowledged.

Why do we stay? For the environment (hopefully positive and healthy), to contribute to society’s future and our perceived value of what we do.


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