ARTICLE 5

UNION RIGHTS

Use of Facilities

5.1

Upon request of the Union, the CSU shall provide at no cost adequate facilities not otherwise required for campus business for union meetings that may be attended by employees during non-work time.

5.2

The Union shall bear the cost of all Program materials and supplies incidental to any union meeting or union business conducted at a Program location.

Campus Communication

5.3

Email service shall be available to the Union at no cost for official union communications. Email cannot be used for political purposes. The Union is responsible for the costs of any postage for material sent through the mail. The Union shall package and label materials for convenient handling according to the normal specifications of the Program, which shall be communicated upon the request of the Union. The name of the Union shall appear on all materials sent through the Head Start mail service. Employee mailboxes, if any, may be utilized by the Union for purposes of union communication to bargaining unit employees.

Bulletin Boards

5.4

The Union shall have the use of an adequate number of designated bulletin boards for the posting of union material. Such bulletin boards shall be visible and accessible in areas frequented by employees, as available.

5.5

A copy of union material posted on bulletin boards and union material intended for general distribution to employees through the Program mail service shall be provided in a timely manner to the appropriate administrator. The Union shall exercise responsibility for the content of such union material.

Union Business

5.6

Union business involving employees shall be conducted during non-work time except as provided for elsewhere in this Agreement. Union business shall not interfere with Program operations.

5.7

As a courtesy, the appropriate administrator shall be notified of the presence of a Union Representative who is not a Program employee either upon arrival at the Program location or by telephone in advance of arrival.

5.8

Five Program Bargaining Unit Representatives shall be designated by the Union to officially represent the Union. The names of these Program Bargaining Unit Representatives shall be provided in writing to the Program Head.

5.9

A Union Steward will be designated for each Head Start location. Each Steward will conduct union business such that it does not disrupt Head Start operations.

Employee Lists

5.10

The Program Human Resources Office shall provide to the Program Bargaining Unit Representative a monthly list of all employees in Bargaining Unit 12. Such lists shall contain names and work locations at no cost to the Union. An employee's home address shall be released to the Union unless the employee has officially informed the CSU that he/she wishes that the home address be withheld.

5.11

Employee lists with name, classification, hire date and work location shall be provided to the Union by email in a timely manner. The cost of such employee lists and public information shall be borne by the Union except as provided elsewhere in the Agreement.

Release Time for Union Business

5.12

  1. The Program shall provide release time for up to five people employed by the Program for each scheduled meet and confer session. Normally, the Union shall provide the Office of the Chancellor with the names of the employees for whom release time is being requested at least five working days prior to the commencement of the meet and confer session. Additional release time shall be provided on an individual basis to meet special needs related to transportation and work schedules. The parties may mutually agree to provide release time for bargaining unit members to caucus upon request by the Union.
  2. One (1) employee designated by the Union shall be provided with one (1) day of release time to attend each of a maximum of two (2) annual Board of Trustees meetings. Such requests shall be submitted to the Office of the Chancellor far enough in advance to permit scheduling of Union speakers pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Trustees and to arrange the appropriate release time.

Union Leave

5.13

Upon written request of normally not less than forty five (45) days from the Union to the Program Head, the CSU shall grant a union leave without loss of compensation to any Union Representative.

  1. Such a leave may be partial or full-time and may be on an hour-for-hour basis. No leave may be more than one year in duration. An employee on such a leave shall continue to earn service credit and retirement credit. An employee on such a leave shall have the right to return to his/her former position upon expiration of the leave. Such a leave shall not constitute a break in the employee's continuous service for the purpose of salary adjustments, sick leave, vacation or seniority.
  2. The Program shall be reimbursed by the Union for all compensation paid the employee on account of such leave and for any incidental costs of 30% of the employee’s gross salary. Reimbursement by the Union shall be made no later than thirty (30) days after its receipt of the Program certification of payment of compensation to the employee.
  3. Such a union leave in accordance with this Article shall also be provided to a bargaining unit employee upon becoming a Union Statewide President.

5.14

An employee shall not suffer reprisals for participation in Union activities.

Union Security

5.15

The CSU agrees to deduct from employee’s pay warrants and transmit to the Union all authorized deductions, consistent with the State Controller’s Office (SCO) deduction rules and payroll policies and procedures from all Union members within the bargaining units (2, 5, 7, 9 and 12) who have signed and approved authorization cards for such deduction on a form provided by the Union, less necessary administrative costs incurred by the State Controller to the extent such deductions are permitted by law.

5.16

The written authorization for Union deductions shall remain in full force and effect during the life of this Agreement provided, however, that any employee may withdraw from the Union by sending a withdrawal letter to the Union within thirty (30) calendar days prior to the expiration of this Agreement.

5.17

Upon movement of an employee out of the bargaining unit, the employee may elect to withdraw from the Union. Such withdrawal shall not be permitted if the employee moves to another bargaining unit in which the Union is the exclusive representative and in which the Agreement contains a provision such as 5.16 above.

5.18

The amount of dues deducted from the Union members' pay warrants shall be sent to the Union and changed by the CSU upon written request of the Union.

5.19

Employees shall be free to join or not to join the Union.

5.20

In addition to the Union dues mentioned above, the Union membership ratification of this agreement shall constitute notice to the CSU and the SCO that the Union has the authority to request implementation of the provisions of Sections 3583.5 (a) (1) and 3584 of the Government Code providing for fair share service fee collection deductions consistent with the SCO’s deduction rules and payroll policies and procedures.

5.21

The Union agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold the CSU harmless against any claim made of any nature and against any suit instituted against the CSU arising from its payroll deduction for Union dues, fair share fees and deductions.

 

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