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13 Aug 2020

APC supports the Stop the Repopulation of CSU East Bay

APC has been on the front line with our East Bay Unit 4 stewards and members since this disturbing push to repopulate the campus began back in early July.  The CSU has not acted in good faith while we have been engaged in the meet and confer process with the Chancellor’s office on CSU East Bay’s Repopulation Plan.  The APC Executive Board has been actively involved with Unit 4 campus members, visiting campus to participate with other unions and colleagues bearing witness to this atrocious action from the University administration.

We have stood shoulder to shoulder with CSUEU and other sister unions to defend our people in this fight for their health and safety.  We have shared their message pleading with the President to reconsider his demand to repopulate.  After exhausting all means of encouraging an amicable solution to this unfair move from the administration, on Thursday July 30, APC filed legal action against the CSU because they have chosen to ignore our pleas to STOP the repopulation.

APC will continue to fight to defend the health and safety of our Unit 4 employees their families and the communities they serve.

In Union,

APC Executive Board

APC Takes Legal Action to Protect Hi-Risk Employees

On March 15th Chancellor White unilaterally created a program (Program) which required employees who are at hi-risk of suffering adversely from Covid-19 to either telecommute or, if telecommuting is not possible, to be placed on paid administrative leave.  The Chancellor’s actions created a new Program which was made available to our members throughout the CSU system.

The Union’s position is that once the Program was created it cannot be rescinded without the University fulfilling its affirmative notice and bargaining obligation.  Unfortunately, the University decided it can unilaterally withdraw the Program.  This action was taken without regard to the potentially irrevocable harm it could cause to APC’s bargaining unit members or its duty under the law.

In fact, CSU East Bay was blatant in expressing its disregard for the law and the safety of its employees.  The University sent a message to its employees stating, “[t]he TEMPORARY PAID LEAVE previously granted by the Chancellor’s Office for individuals 65 or older and/or who have a chronic medical condition(s) ends immediately.”

In order to stop this egregious and potentially dangerous action APC has filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).  APC’s charge is comprehensive and includes a demand that anyone negatively impacted by the University’s illegal actions be made whole.

In addition, APC is asking PERB to seek injunctive relief.  This means going to court and obtaining an injunction prohibiting the University from placing more employees in danger, and immediately returning hi-risk employees home.

Every effort will be made to provide additional information as things develop.

Lee O. Norris

Labor Relations Manager

23 Jun 2020

Supreme Court DACA APC Response

For many in the APC community, waking up to today’s Supreme Court’s decision on DACA was a huge victory. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program will continue! This is a time of celebration for many of our employees who are themselves DACA recipients and others who work directly with our DACA students. We should acknowledge their hard work and dedication in providing them with access to quality higher education.

This is also a victory that has been hard fought by our members, stewards, and officers (past and present) over the years that resulted in DREAM Centers on many of our campuses, providing essential services to DACA recipients. This news does not diminish or overshadow what we are witnessing in the national BlackLivesMatter movement but reminds us there are students and staff that are both in the BLM movement, are undocumented and are vulnerable because of their DACA status.

There are an estimated 9,500 undocumented students at California State University’s 23 campuses, and perhaps half of those have DACA status. California State University Chancellor Timothy White called the decision “a truly outstanding and welcome outcome,” writing, “Some of the CSU’s brightest students and most dedicated employees are Dreamers and they are found on each of our 23 campuses.”

We continue to salute the efforts of those who made this social victory possible and commend our students and fellow Unit 4 employees who have rallied behind this historical victory!

In Union,
APC Executive Board

9 Jun 2020

Contract Extended

APC and the CSU have reached an agreement to extend the current contract for 2-years, which is good news, but the APC Bargaining Team wants you to know the truth: this is a mixed bag. The year started with a rosy economic picture in which salary increases were expected. Unfortunately, with the onset of Covid-19 those hopes were dashed. The State faces a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall and the CSU is likely to see a reduction in state funding of about $400 million. Therefore, the Parties reached this agreement in order to protect benefits for ALL Unit 4 employees during this time when the economic, health and social systems are under a great deal of stress.

So, during this historic period, a period which will be remembered for its great uncertainty and social change, it was determined that maintaining a solid economic foundation was of paramount importance. Through the hard work and
dedication of the APC Bargaining Team, Unit 4 employees will continue to receive the bonuses payments to which everyone has become accustomed. At the same time, the extension will ensure base-pay and benefit reductions are off
the table.

A significant achievement was APC obtaining the ability to reopen negotiations if:

  1. ANY other represented group receives a general salary increase (base-pay increase), or;
  2. If existing executives receive an across-the-board salary increase.

APC’s Bargaining Team’s goals of protecting health benefits, retirement and salary while ensuring Unit 4 is not left behind if the economic picture improves were ALL achieved. The extension is a testament to the dedication and caring each member brought to the Team and for that everyone should be grateful.

View signed Memorandum of Understanding

27 Apr 2020

Internal Election Results 2020-23

On behalf of the APC Election Committee, we would like to thank all of our members who participated in the recent election of our new Executive Board. We would also like to give our heartfelt thanks to the candidates who ran for office and will be working on our behalf.

These are the results:

President- Edie Brown, Sonoma State University
Vice -President – Dagoberto Argueta, San Francisco State University
Secretary/Treasurer- Christine McCarthy, CSU Fullerton
Recording Secretary- Rose Duran, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

It is your participation in our democratic elections make us stronger as an organization!

In Union,
The 2020-2023 Election Committee
Tammy Giannini, Stanislaus State University, Chair
Daryl Evans, CSU Dominguez Hills
Lori Macdonald, CSU Channel Islands
Sam Tran, CSU East Bay

21 Feb 2020

February 2020 APC Newsletter

Please read the APC February 2020 Bulletin here!

27 Nov 2019

November 2019 APC Newsletter

Please read the APC November 2019 Bulletin here!

1 Nov 2019

APC is hiring an Administratve Services Coordinator for the Statewide Office

Please read the following Position Announcement Here!

23 Sep 2019

AB 369 Moved to Inactive

Please read the update on AB 369 Salary Steps bill here!

30 Aug 2019

APC Bulletin August 2019

Please see the APC Bulletin August 2019 Here!

28 Aug 2019

The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to have a meeting on August 30, 2019.