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.
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.
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.”