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CSUEU: Chapter 312, Northridge

CSUEU

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Listed below are some of the most common questions that we get regarding CSUEU, Membership and Representation. Do you have a question that is not answered by the information below? Feel free to ask us. We will try to place a response on the website within a week or email you directly if you provide contact information.

  1. Why does CSUEU take fees out of my paycheck?
  2. What is a Fee Payer?
  3. What is a Dues Paying Member?
  4. Why should I be a Dues-Paying Member?
  5. How much more will be taken out of my check when I become a member?
  6. When are the Chapter Meetings?
  7. What is a Steward?
  8. What is Stewards Council?
  9. Is CSUEU only found at the CSU, Northridge campus?
  10. How many employees are represented by CSUEU?
  11. I'm not a Dues-Paying Member. Can CSUEU represent me in any disciplinary actions (reprimands, suspensions and terminations)?
  12. I'm having issues at work and would like to talk to someone. Whom can I contact?
  13. What are Weingarten Rights? When should I use them?
  14. Can I attend the Executive Board meetings?
  15. Can I attend the Steward Council meetings?
  16. What is General Council? When does it occur?
  17. How can I become a Steward?
  18. How can I find out what the Classification Standards are for my position?
  19. I don't have a contract. How can I look something up?
  20. What is the basic Performance Evaluation Timeline?
  21. I don't agree with my Performance Evaluation. Do I have to sign it?
  22. I do not agree with my Performance Evalaution. Can I file a grievance?
  23. I looked at my Union deductions and I noticed that more than 1% is deducted. Is this a mistake?
  24. I'm on probation. Is there a Step-by-Step probation guide I can follow?
  25. I'm concerned that there are too many people given the size of our office . Are there any CSU Guidelines (i.e. office space requirements) that address this issue?
  26. For what reasons may a permanent or probationary employee be dismissed, demoted or suspended?

1. Why does CSUEU take fees out of my paycheck?

Fees are taken out from employees of Bargaining Units 2, 5, 7, & 9 for two main reason -- Fair Share and Duty of Fair Representation.

Fair Share. When the legislature enacted the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA), it -- unlike  the Education  Employer-Employee Relations Act (EERA) or the State Employer-Employee Relations Act (SEERA) -- did not include fair share fee language. The other labor legislation for state employees and the employees in K-12 contained this fee payer language. What this fair share fee means is that if you are represented by a union, you will be charged for the cost of the services you benefit from. Because that was lacking in HEERA (between 1983-2000), this meant that although employee's in the CSU were represented by unions, only employees who became members paid dues to the union. Non-members who also benefited from the work of the union did not pay anything.

Duty of Fair Representation. HEERA (between 1983-2000) also contained language that said that the exclusive representative (which is the union) has a duty to represent all the employees in the unit it represents. This meant that the CSU Division of CSEA -- as we were then called -- had a duty to represent every employee in Units 2, 5, 7, and 9, whether they were a member or not. This resulted in an organization that was funded by members who were forced to pay for the staff and resources that were necessary to provide the representation that was required for non-members.

CSUEU Deductions. In 2000, the legislature amended HEERA to allow for fair share fees from represented employees. HEERA now required that all employees 1) who benefit from the actions of the union and 2) whom the union has to expend resources on, pay the fair share of those costs. It would be nice to take the credit for that legislative action, but although we and CSEA supported the amendment, CFA was the moving force behind the legislation at that time. (provided by Dennis Dillon, Chief Steward)

2. What is a Fee Payer?

A Fee Payer is a CSUEU-represented employee who is paying "Fair Share Fees". These individuals have fees in the amount of 0.992% of their monthly salary deducted from their paycheck. This deduction is listed as "CSEACSUF" in the deductions section of their paystub. These individuals are NOT represented by CSUEU in disciplinary actions (reprimands, suspensions and terminations) and DO NOT RECEIVE the Benefits of Membership.

3. What is a Dues Paying Member?

A Dues-Paying Member is a CSUEU-represented employee who has submitted an application to join CSUEU. These individuals have money in the amount of 1% of their monthly salary deducted from their paycheck. This deduction is listed as "CSEACSUD" in the deductions section of the paystub. These individuals are represented by CSUEU in disciplinary actions (reprimands, suspensions and terminations).

4. Why should I be a Dues-Paying Member?

There are various benefits which are available only to Dues-Paying Members. For more information, please visit our Benefits of Membership page.

5. How much more will be taken out of my check when I become a member?

Fee Payers already have 0.992% of their monthly salary deducted from their paycheck. Dues-Paying Members have 1% deducted. For an additional 0.008%, you receive all the Benefits of Membership. If you have a monthly salary of $3,250, your deduction as a Fee Payer is $32.24. The Membership deduction would be $32.50. As a Dues-Payer, you would only pay an additional $0.26 per month.

6. When are the Chapter Meetings?

Chapter Meetings are held quarterly. A calendar of dates may be found here.

7. What is a Steward?

Steward: The "backbone" and "eyes and ears" of the Union. The primary representative of the Union at the workplace. (as defined at http://www.csueu.org/ContentBuilder/tabid/162/ArticleId/36/Default.aspx).

Stewards are regular CSUN employees. In addition to the duties they perform within their classification, they volunteer their time to:

  • educate bargaining unit members about their rights;
  • investigate potential grievances and other worksite problems;
  • prepare and analyze grievances;
  • organize worksite meetings; and
  • recruit CSUEU members

Stewards know the basic information in the contract and attend monthly Steward Council Meetings. They also act as the main communications link between members, the union and the bargaining team.

8. What is Stewards Council?

It is a monthly meeting attended by Stewards to discuss contract issues and grievances. These meetings are not open to Fee Payer nor to Dues-Paying Members.

9. Is CSUEU only found at the CSU, Northridge campus?

CSUEU stands for California State University Employees Union. It is a statewide organization that represents employees in Bargaining Units 2, 5, 7, and 9 at all of the 23 CSU campuses as well as at the Chancellor's Office. Chapter 312 of CSUEU represents approximately 1,000 employees at CSU, Northridge.

10. How many employees are represented by CSUEU?

There are over 16,000 employees represented by CSUEU statewide. Approximately 1,000 are represented by Chapter 312 at CSUN.

11. I'm not a Dues-Paying Member. Can CSUEU represent me in any disciplinary actions (reprimands, suspensions and terminations)?

No. Only Dues-Paying Members are represented by CSUEU Stewards in disciplinary actions. If you would like to know more about the benefits of being a member, please click here.

12. I'm having issues at work and would like to talk to someone. Whom can I contact?

You should contact a Steward to discuss your specific issue. A list of Stewards and their contact information may be found here.

13. What are Weingarten Rights? When should I use them?

Weingarten Rights are derived from a U.S. Supreme Court Decision which gives employees the right to union representation at an investigatory interview with the employer which “the employee reasonably believes may result in discipline” and does not apply to meetings where the employer will do all the talking or is handing an employee a “reprimand.”

When called in to an investigatory interview, an employee has a right to a) know what the meeting is about, and b) union representation at the meeting, if it could lead to a negative action (The employee must request representation to secure this right).

14. Can I attend the Executive Board meetings?

Yes. The monthly Executive Board Meetings are Open Session. They are open to Fee Payers and Dues-Paying Members. A calendar of dates may be found here.

15. Can I attend the Steward Council meetings?

No. These monthly meetings are Closed Session and are therefore not open to neither Fee Payers nor Dues-Paying Members. This is due to the confidential nature of the items under discussion. A calendar of dates may be found here.

16. What is General Council? When does it occur?

General Council is the forum through which members change the CSEA Bylaws and elect statewide officers. CSEA's 64th General Council will be held in San Jose on October 6-8, 2007.

17. How can I become a Steward?

In order to become a Steward, you first need to go through Stewards Training. Please email us if you are interested in being trained as a Steward.

18. How can I find out what the Classification Standards are for my position?

Classification Standards may be found off of the CSU website at http://www.calstate.edu/HRAdm/Classification/index.shtml. Specifically:

19. I don't have a contract. How can I look something up?

A copy of the 2007-2009 contract is available for download in PDF format. You may also view a copy online off of the statewide CSUEU website at http://www.csueu.org/Default.aspx?tabid=477.

20. What is the basic Performance Evaluation Timeline?

Indicated below is a basic breakdown of the Performance Evaluation process. After each statement is listed the appropriate Article of the 2007-2009 CSU/CSUEU contract which should be referenced for actual phrasing.

  1. Evaluator provides the employee a draft. (10.8)
  2. Employee has up to 5 days to review. (10.9)
  3. Evaluator considers input and prepares final evaluation. (10.10)
  4. The evaluator and the employee meet to discuss the evaluation. (10.11)
  5. At any time in the process, employee may request a meeting with the evaluator (no prohibition against two meetings). After this initial meeting, MPP, evaluator, employee, and employee representative may meet. (10.12)
  6. "If an employee disagrees with the record of a performance evaluation which has been placed in his/her personnel file, the employee may submit a rebuttal statement which shall be attached to the performance evaluation." (10.13) (posted Aug 28, 2007)

21. I don't agree with my Performance Evaluation. Do I have to sign it?

Signing a Performance Evaluation (Form OHRS 30-11 (8/2002)) does not mean that you agree with its content. Rather, your signature acknowledges that it was discussed with you. ("This report has been discussed with me. I understand that my signature does not necessarily indicate agreement.")

If you do not agree with the content of your Performance Evaluation, you can submit a Rebuttal pursuant to Article 10.13 of the 2007-2009 CSU/CSUEU contract. (posted Aug 28, 2007)

22. I do not agree with my Performance Evaluation. Can I file a grievance?

No. Pursuant to Article 10.15 of the 2007-2009 CSU/CSUEU contract, you cannot grieve the content of your Performance Evaluation. However, you can grieve the process (Articles 10.8-10.14). (posted Aug 28, 2007)

23. I looked at my Union deductions and I noticed that more than 1% is deducted. Is this a mistake?

It probably is not. Use the following steps to see if you get a difference of $2.00 between what you think the deduction should be vs. what it actually is.

  1. First, calculate what the 1% deduction should be. Using our example in #5 above, this amount would be $32.50.
  2. Now, compare that amount with the actual deduction. For the purposes of this example, the deducted amount (on our fictional paystub) is $34.50.
  3. Lastly, subtract the lower amount from the higher amount ($34.50 - $32.50 = $2.00). Is the difference $2.00?

If the difference is $2.00, then the actual deducted amount is not a mistake. When you filled out your Membership Application, there was a box on it that looked like this:

Political Deduction

If you did not initial the box, you authorized the deduction of the additional $2.00 from your paycheck. (posted August 31, 2007)

24. I'm on probation. Is there a Step-by-Step probation guide I can follow?

Yes. CSUEU publishes a Step-by-Step Probation Guide which may help you pass this probationary period. It is available in PDF format from either the Forms section of the statewide CSUEU website or you can obtain it from our site by clicking here. (posted September 5, 2007)

25. I'm concerned that there are too many people given the size of our office. Are there any CSU Guidelines (i.e. office space requirements) that address this issue?

Yes. The Chancellor's Office has on their website a PDF file entitled "Capital Planning, Design and Construction:
Section VI - Standards for Campus Development Programs: Sections 9060 – 9079
." This document outlines in "9065 OFFICE STANDARDS" a formula to calculate the space needs given an employee's occupation (SUAM 9065). (posted September 5, 2007)

26. For what reasons may a permanent or probationary employee be dismissed, demoted or suspended?

Under Section 89535 of the Education Code, any permanent or probationary employee may be dismissed, demoted or suspended for the following causes (aka "9 Deadly Sins"):

  1. immoral conduct.
  2. unprofessional conduct.
  3. dishonesty.
  4. incompetence.
  5. addiction to the use of controlled substances.
  6. failure to perform the normal and reasonable duties of the position.
  7. conviction of a felony or conviction of any misdeamenor involving moral turpitude.
  8. fraud in securing appointment.
  9. drunkenness on duty.
  10. (posted February 29, 2008)

 

 

 

Last Updated: November 15, 2010
By: Claudia Garcia

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