Acronyms List | Academic Professionals of California

Following are acronyms that appear in the collective bargaining agreement and/or are commonly used in its administration. Each acronym is followed by the term to which it refers and a brief explanation.


American Arbitration Association

The private non-profit organization that provides the names of arbitrators who are qualified to adjudicate grievances or other disputes. The organization also establishes and maintains a set of rules that, if agreed to by the parties, arbitrators must apply when hearing cases.


Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Insurance that covers an insured employee for accidental death or for the amputation or other loss of a body extremity.


Academic Professionals of California

Elected by members of CSU Bargaining Unit 4, the union responsible for representing all employees in the bargaining unit.


Academic Year

The term used to describe the school year at a campus (approximately 180 days of instruction), typically September through May or June.


Budget Shortfall Mitigation

The bonus program negotiated by APC as a means of ensuring that at least some modest amount of money is provided to members of the bargaining unit annually. The name derives from the fact that this program was developed during a period in which no salary increases were available due to State funding cuts to CSU.


California Public Employees Retirement System

The defined benefit retirement plan in which almost all CSU employees, by statute, participate. “


Collective Bargaining Agreement

A term used to refer to a contract, such as that between APC and CSU. A contract also is sometimes referred to as a memorandum of understanding (MOU).


Chancellor’s Office

The systemwide office of The California State University, located in Long Beach, which includes the central academic, administrative and human resources functions of CSU.


The California State University

The term used to refer collectively to the university system comprised of the twenty-three CSU campuses and the Chancellor’s Office.


Compensatory Time Off

Time off earned in lieu of cash payment for overtime worked by (hourly, not salaried) employees eligible for overtime pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act.


California Department of Personnel Administration

The State agency responsible for administering personnel policies for California’s civil service employees. This agency creates policies and negotiates contracts for those employees much like the Chancellor’s Office Human Resource staff does for CSU, and sometimes serves as a model for CSU policies and practices.


Employee Assistance Program

A program most campuses make available to employees that offer psychological or other types of counseling and personal support. These programs are also sometimes used by campuses as a means of directing employees to receive counseling when there are perceived work-related issues the campus administration believes may be improved by such intervention.


Educational Achievement Stipend

The bonus program negotiated by APC that provides a lump-sum payment to members of Unit 4 when they receive a master’s and/or a doctoral degree.


Extended Education Specialist

A position classification within Unit 4, including two levels (EES I and EES II).


Environmental Health and Safety

The title utilized by many CSU campuses for the administrative office that is charged with ensuring the health and safety of employees and their working conditions.


Executive Order

The generic term used by the Chancellor’s Office (primarily the Human Resources Office) to describe a document containing a new or revised CSU policy or to inform campuses about new requirements and/or provide implementation directions.


Employee Relations

A term often used to refer to those human resources functions and staff, at each campus and at the Chancellor’s Office, that are related to the implementation of contracts and employee rights and responsibilities.


California Fair Employment and Housing Act

The State law prohibiting discrimination in either employment or housing based on legally qualifying disabilities. In a number of areas, the FEHA provides stronger protection than the ADA.


Fair Labor Standards Act

The ground-breaking 1935 federal law that was enacted to ensure fair and consistent treatment of employees. One of the significant provisions of the law is the establishment of guidelines to determine whether an employee is hourly (as opposed to salaried) and therefore eligible for overtime compensation. Such hourly employees are commonly referred to as “non-exempt” employees, since they are not exempt from the overtime provisions of the FLSA.


Family and Medical Leave Act

The 1993 federal law that guarantees an eligible employee up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave (together with health insurance), during any 12-month period for qualifying medical reasons, without the employee’s forfeiting his/her employment.


Fiscal Year

The 12-month period utilized by most organizations for budgeting purposes. The fiscal year of both California and CSU (as well as that used in the APC/CSU contract) is July 1 through June 30.


General Salary Increase

Often referred to as an “across-the-board raise,” the GSI is a percentage amount by which the base pay of bargaining unit employees in increased.


Health Care Reimbursement Account

A voluntary CSU program through which employees may direct pre-tax money for use in paying qualifying medical bills.


California Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act

The State law, enacted in 1978, that provides for employees of the UC and CSU systems to be represented by unions and, through their unions, to engage in collective bargaining regarding terms of their employment. The law also prohibits certain conduct by the employer, and delegates enforcement of the Act to the Public Employment Relations Board.


Human Resources

The campus office responsible for hiring employees and administering the contracts that regulate the terms and conditions of employment for (union) represented employees.


Industrial Disability Leave

The program designed to ensure some income for workers injured on the job.


Lead Library Assistant

A position classification within Unit 4, including three levels (LLA II, LLA III, and LLA IV).


Labor Management Committee

A committee comprised of representatives of management and employees, which is formed to study certain defined issues and make recommendations to both parties.


Long-Term Disability

A leave of absence from work for an extended period due to an illness or injury. This term also is used to refer to the insurance provided to qualifying employees on such leaves.


Long-Term Satisfactory Service

A bonus, negotiated by APC, awarded to Unit 4 employees every five years after the completion of ten years of campus employment. To be eligible, employees must not have received a less than satisfactory evaluation in any of the five years immediately preceding the year of the qualifying employment anniversary.


Leave Without Pay

A period during which an employee is not receiving any pay or benefits from CSU, but retains the right to return to his/her CSU position.


Memorandum of Understanding

Also known as a collective bargaining agreement, the contract between APC and CSU establishing the terms and conditions of employment for members of Unit 4.


Non-Industrial Disability Insurance

An insurance program that provides some income for employees unable to work due to a non-work related injury.


Office of General Counsel

The central CSU legal office, located at the Chancellor’s Office.


California Public Employment Relations Board

The board charged with administering several State public employee collective bargaining laws, including HEERA. The Board is comprised of five members, and has the authority to conduct investigations into and hold hearings concerning alleged violations of the laws for which it is responsible.


Part-time, Seasonal, Temporary

This refers to a retirement plan, the PST Retirement Plan, administered by the Department of Personnel Administration, in which a few bargaining unit members in these categories participate (those not eligible for the CalPERS pension plan).


California State Controller’s Office

The State agency, located in Sacramento, contracted by CSU to provide payroll-related services for the University. Services include payroll deduction for union dues and fair share fees.


California State Personnel Board

This State agency has the authority to conduct hearings to determine whether disciplinary action taken against employees of CSU was proper.


Student Personnel Technician, Financial Aid

A position classification within Unit 4.


Student Services Professional

A position classification within Unit 4, including four levels (SSP I, SSP II, SSP III, and SSP IV).


Tentative Agreement

This negotiating term is used to describe one or more contract articles or provisions that have been agreed to by the parties at the bargaining table, but which still must be ratified by the respective organizations (in this case, the APC membership and the CSU Board of Trustees).


Tax-Sheltered Annuity

Any of a number of programs in which pre-tax money may be invested to earn tax-deferred income.


Unfair Labor Practice

The term used to describe an alleged violation of HEERA; such a charge may be filed by the employer, a union, or one or more employees. The Public Employment Relations Board has the authority to investigate and conduct hearings into alleged unfair labor practices.


Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

The federal law requiring that veterans of the Vietnam conflict not suffer discrimination based on their service.


Workers’ Compensation

The State system responsible for ensuring that employees who are injured on the job receive medical care for their injuries and some income during periods when the employee is unable to work as a result of the work-related injury.