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CSU Statement on Student Assistants Vote to Join Employees Union



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California State University (CSU) students who work on-campus jobs under the student assistant classification have voted to join the California State University Employees Union (CSUEU). With nearly 20,000 student assistants employed by the CSU, the new unit will be one of the nation's largest represented groups of predominantly undergraduate student workers. 

The CSU will begin bargaining with CSUEU’s student assistant unit in the near future. Until a final agreement is reached, the student assistant classification will maintain current standards and requirements.

The following statement can be attributed to CSU Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Leora Freedman:​

“The CSU has a long history of providing on-campus jobs to students through student assistant positions, which give our students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while they pursue their degrees. The CSU respects the decision of student assistants to form a union and looks forward to bargaining in good faith with the newly formed CSUEU student assistant unit."​

About the California State University 

The California State University is the nation's largest four-year public university system, providing transformational opportunities for upward mobility to more than 450,000 students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. More than half of CSU students are people of color, and nearly one-third of them are first-generation college students. Because the CSU's 23 universities provide a high-quality education at an incredible value, they are rated among the best in the nation for promoting social mobility in national college rankings from U.S. News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal and Washington Monthly. The CSU powers California and the nation, sending nearly 127,000 career-ready graduates into the workforce each year. In fact, one in every 20 Americans holding a college degree earned it at the CSU. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU newsroom.