Straight talk about the CSU Budget for 2011/12
“It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

Welcome Back,

I hope you’ve had a rejuvenating holiday break and are looking forward to your students, classes, and research this coming term. I know I am.

It’s spring, the budget is (up) in the air, we’re in full contract bargaining, and in those famous words of Yogi Bera, “It’s like Déjà vu all over again.” So let’s roll up our sleeves and get right to it.


What is the Chancellor saying?

It’s an 18% budget cut

The Truth

The $500 million cut proposed by the governor is accompanied by adjustments to the state’s allocation so the net decline in state funding is more like 12 %. Additionally, the CSU trustees voted to increase student fees by 15 %. Taking this increase into account, the total cut to the funding available to the CSU in 2011-12 amounts to $216.3 million, a reduction of 4.5 %, not 18%.

What is the Chancellor saying?

84% of our budget is tied up into salaries and benefits

The Truth

According to the CSU’s audited financial statements, posted on the Web, salaries and benefits account for only 68%, not 85 %, of CSU operating expenses. And, according to the same statements, salaries and benefits devoted to “Instruction” account for just 35 % of total expenses. Instruction as a whole accounts for just 38 % of the CSU’s total spending in FY 2009.

What is the Chancellor saying?

We’re going to have to “downsize the CSU” and will consider reducing enrollment, eliminating classes, laying off staff, furloughing employees and increases class sizes.

The Truth

The Governor’s budget proposal contains the following language: “The Administration will work with the Office of the Chancellor and the Trustees, as well as stakeholders (including representatives of students and employees), to determine the specific mix of measures that can best accomplish these objectives.”

Why is he saying this?

The CSU Administration is taking a shock doctrine approach, again, attempting to create panic to implement top-down radical, unilateral changes on the campuses. These so called “efficiencies” they seek in the name of austerity are policies that will degrade the quality of what we try to do for our students. It is fear mongering to advance a vision of public education based on ideology. Is it connected to bargaining? You bet.

What can we do about it?

This is like “Déjà vu all over again,” but we know how to handle tough situations. We’ve been through fights like this before, and we know that united we can handle it again.

We have a:

  • political organizing plan for California and the nation
  • media outreach plan, locally and nationally
  • campus and community organizing plan
  • commitment to contract enforcement and faculty rights

But we can’t do this without you.

Join us this semester for our lobbying, media outreach, faculty rights, campus and community organizing. Together and with firm resolve we will make a difference.

Take Class Action

For our contract, for our budget, to protect quality public higher education.
April 13, 2011 (details TBA)

United, we are the voice fighting for quality education for our students and for public higher education. United, we can win at the bargaining table and in the capital protecting the quality of the education we provide for our students that is so crucial for the citizens of California.