Members of State Employees Trade Council Ratify Tentative Agreement for 2009-2010
Members Also Vote Not To Accept Furlough Proposal
Claudia Keith (562) 951-4800
(Sept. 4, 2009) – Members of the State Employees Trade Council (SETC) have ratified a tentative agreement for its 2009-10 labor contract with 90.5 percent of the members voting to accept the proposal. The CSU Board of Trustees will consider the ratification agreement at their meeting on Sept. 22.
In addition, SETC members voted to move forward with layoff procedures and not accept the CSU’s furlough proposal. The SETC, with approximately 1,000 members and the operating engineers at Cal Maritime with 10 members have chosen not to furlough. The CSU’s public safety personnel are exempt from the furlough program.
The CSU’s remaining labor unions, management and staff have agreed to the equivalent of a two day per month furlough program that began August 1. Approximately 85 percent of CSU’s budget goes toward salary and benefits, and the furloughs are estimated to reduce $275 million in compensation costs. Facing a $564 million budget deficit for 2009-2010, the CSU has also announced enrollment cuts, increased student fees and put in place other cost cutting measures.
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