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Friday, 29 August 2014 19:46

CSU Stanislaus Staff Wants a Raise

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Members of the CSUEU hold signs up displaying their displeasure with pay. Members of the CSUEU hold signs up displaying their displeasure with pay. Jonathan McCorkell/TurlockCityNews.com
While California State University, Stanislaus has often been highly ranked for its affordability and quality of education for the student body, support staff members say there is one rank University administration should not be proud of.

According to the Cal State University Employees Union (CSUEU), CSU Stanislaus is ranked 23 out of the 24 CSU campuses for the average staff salary, which includes personnel ranging from janitorial staff to analyst, secretaries, lab technicians, information technology personnel, none of whom are student workers.

During CSU Stanislaus President Joseph F. Sheley’s annual address, a group of University staff gathered outside holding picket signs.
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Biology Technician Neil Jacklin said the average CSU Stanislaus staff salary is $43,000 per year, the lowest of all Central Valley CSU campuses.

“And yet of all the schools in the Valley we have the highest cost of living,” said Jacklin. “We have people who make as little as $23,000 per year and there are employees who are on public assistance. It would be good for the University to address this.”

With more than 300 members, the CSUEU represents the largest group of employees on campus.

“We received a 1.34 percent raise last year, and that was the first raise we’ve had since 2007,” said Jacklin.
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During his address, Sheley did not specifically address any labor negotiations, however he cautioned that funding for the CSU system is “still resting upon Proposition 30 funding.”

“There is not nearly enough funding available to permit us to address many of our challenges, let alone pursue our aspirations,” Sheley said during Wednesday’s address. “Nor can we bet on the future with any real confidence- Proposition 30 expires just two years from now. We must, out of necessity if not by inclination approach budget very conservatively. Two years from now and then we’ll be back into the discussion about how to fund higher education.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Carl

It's time to start applying Govt raises the same way we are told to apply income taxes but in reverse. Any time a Government worker demands a Cost of Living wage increase we need to say ok, but it will be applied on a sliding scale. Starting...

It's time to start applying Govt raises the same way we are told to apply income taxes but in reverse. Any time a Government worker demands a Cost of Living wage increase we need to say ok, but it will be applied on a sliding scale. Starting with the lowest wage getting the highest increase, the highest wage gets the lowest increase. Government workers only compare their wages to other Government workers. When the wages are actually to low they will leave Government and go to work in the Private Sector.

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  1. Don't deserve nuffin

People who are paid by tax dollars, which are funds stolen from actual working people, should not get raises because their raise means more stolen from someone else. Go out into the world and create actual value..

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  1. Ben Dover

@ Guest - Don't deserve nuffin

About a quarter of State School's revenue is from state tax payers. About another quarter comes from the Student's tuition payments, and the other half or so are from grants and some federal money etc etc. Most of...

@ Guest - Don't deserve nuffin

About a quarter of State School's revenue is from state tax payers. About another quarter comes from the Student's tuition payments, and the other half or so are from grants and some federal money etc etc. Most of these people do work hard and deserve more for what they do. Now some of them, ya just like any industry suck and should be booted.

But don't think for a second that all or even most of the money to pay for state schools are from tax payers.

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