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AB-2019 Public employment: California State University employees: salary adjustments.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 31, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2019


Introduced by Assembly Member Santiago

February 16, 2016


An act to add Section 19829.2 89528.5 to the Government Education Code, relating to public employment.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2019, as amended, Santiago. State Public employment: California State University employees: salary adjustments: State Bargaining Unit 3. adjustments.
Under existing law, the Department of Human Resources sets minimum and maximum salary limits for different classifications of state employees employees, and provides for intermediate steps within those limits to govern the amount of salary adjustment that an employee may receive at any one time. State Bargaining Unit 3 represents teachers, specialists, and librarians working for various state agencies, including specified members of the California Faculty Association who are employed by the California State University system. Existing law establishes the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law also authorizes the trustees to employ persons in academic, administrative, and nonacademic positions and to provide for their governance in accordance with law.
This bill would declare the policy of the state to provide for intermediate steps of salary adjustments, in an unspecified percentage, for members of the California Faculty Association within State Bargaining Unit 3 that would be based on cost-of-living adjustments tied to the California Consumer Price Index. step increases of 2.65%, or the percentage of the increase, if any, during the period between the intermediate steps, in the California Consumer Price Index For All Urban Consumers, whichever is higher, for salary adjustments for academic employees of the California State University.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) From 2004 to 2014, inclusive, while student enrollment in the California State University (CSU) system increased by 24 percent, the numbers of CSU faculty increased by only 14 percent.
(b) Systemwide, over the last decade, the number of tenure-track and tenured faculty fell by 3 percent. While faculty numbers dropped by 338 from 2004 to 2014, the number of students grew by 75,518.
(c) Unlike every other public employee organization in state government, CSU faculty currently do not have a salary schedule.
(d) This lack of a salary schedule has resulted in compression and inversion in faculty salaries.
(e) Between increasing workloads and decreasing renumeration, there are few incentives for university faculty to stay in the profession.
(f) It is a matter of parity for these employees to establish a salary schedule for them in statute.
SEC. 2.Section 19829.2 is added to the Government Code, to read:
19829.2.

In order for the state to recruit and retain skilled professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors, and coaches for the California State University system, it is the policy of the state to provide for intermediate steps of ____ percent for salary adjustments for members of the California Faculty Association within State Bargaining Unit 3, based on cost-of-living adjustments to the California Consumer Price Index.

SEC. 2.

 Section 89528.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

89528.5.
 In order for the state to recruit and retain skilled professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors, and coaches for the California State University system, it is the policy of the state to provide for intermediate step increases of 2.65 percent, or the percentage of the increase, if any, during the period between the intermediate steps, in the California Consumer Price Index For All Urban Consumers, whichever is higher, for salary adjustments for academic employees of the California State University.