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April 15, 2015

CA Labor Laws: Tighter Rules on Personnel Records

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August 19, 2013

Forklift and High Lift Training

Dear Safety Stewards,

One of our campuses inquired about training for forklift and high reach. I thought this might be good information for all safety stewards on the different campuses.

The company I use is Zee Medical, I supply the training on my campus at Cal State LA and this is the company I was trained by. Someone would have to volunteer, and would need management's approval to go forward with this project.

When giving this training, I also take advantage of the opportunity to give the safety harness training since they go hand-in-hand.

The contact person for the California region is Jeanie Sanchez. Her phone number is 909-438-9648.

The program you will be asking for is called "Train the Trainer." The pricing is first person $400 per module, and $200 additional for each additional trainer.

They also offer on-site training done by the company, and I believe the price for that is $395, and is unlimited on the amount of personnel that will be trained on that given day.

This is not the only resource for these trainings, but I thought this might be a good starting point to open the dialog for this kind of training. The company offers many other options on on-site trainings that might assist you, EH&S, and your director on continuing your Safety Program.

Thank You,
Bob Salerno
Statewide Safety Steward

June 21, 2013

Steward Survey

Brothers and Sisters,

In an ongoing effort to keep our union with a finger on the pulse of what's happening on our campuses, we have created the first of many surveys to come. In doing this, we will be able to address issues that you may see as being only on your campus, but with collective information we may realize it's developing into a global issue or there's a pattern developing that we would be able to address before it becomes a problem. Such as, with the Facilities Project Supervisor position on a lot of our campuses.

So in future surveys we are going to want to start looking at the classification standards and if they are being maintained according to the Standards developed by SETC and the CSU. Helping to correct and prevent working out of classification issues.

Also, we will start looking at ways that we could make what you do easier and give you the training and necessary tools to help you become more effective in representing our members. And also ways that we can show our appreciation for the thankless job that you do as a Stewards.

But all of this can't happen without positive feedback from you, so please take the time to fill out the survey by clicking on the link: Click here to take survey

Let's start bringing things back to where they should be and maintain consistency.

Thank you for all that you do for our members.

Carl Kimberlin
CSU Statewide Steward

May 15, 2013

What is an Investigatory Interview?

An investigatory interview is one in which a Supervisor questions an employee to obtain information which could be used as a basis for discipline or asks an employee to defend his/her conduct. If an employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or discharge may result from what s/he says, the employee has the right to request Union representation.

Examples of such an interview are:

  1. The interview is part of the employer's disciplinary procedure or is a component of the employer's procedure for determining whether discipline will be imposed.
  2. The purpose of the interview is to investigate an employee's performance where discipline, demotion or other adverse consequences to the employee's job status or working conditions are a possible result.
  3. The purpose of the interview is to elicit facts from the employee to support disciplinary action that is probable or that is being considered, or to obtain admissions of misconduct or other evidence to support a disciplinary decision already made.
  4. The employee is required to explain his/her conduct, or defend it during the interview, or is compelled to answer questions or give evidence.

It is imperative that our members understand this! As of late I have ran across several instances where our members have been called into meetings only to come out and then call me or contact their Stewards to complain or say what do I do now? They need to remember to pull out their Union card and READ the back of the card!!

Be Aware

Over the last few weeks we have had a number of our members go through the Progressive Disciplinary process and almost every time they aren't sure what was in their personnel file.

Not only do they need to understand what's in there and to remove any adverse documentation that is over three years old but also to have any letters or Emails of gratitude or certificate and kudos from departments for jobs well done added to their files.

I want to thank all of you for your efforts and diligent work in representing our members and upholding our contract, I know it's a thankless job at times, but I want you to know that it doesn't go un-noticed Brothers.

Carl Kimberlin
Statewide Steward/Sergeant at Arms

February 26, 2013

Congratulations on Becoming a SETC-United Steward!

The job of a steward is the most challenging, most rewarding and most important job in our union. That's because you are on the front lines of our fight to develop a strong, active union in the work place – one that can make a real difference in the lives of our members.

Your union is pleased to report the CSU Stewards' Training will be held on March 28-29, 2013 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Fullerton for the 18 new stewards appointed after October 2010, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on both days. The training will be held in the "Crown Ballroom." The address is:

Holiday Inn & Suites Fullerton
2932 E. Nutwood Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92831

Please note that release time has been submitted to your campus for approval. If you do not receive a notification from your campus authorizing your release time by March 22, 2013, please contact Linda Chang, Chief Financial Officer, at 714-329-6722.

All flight itineraries and lodging confirmations numbers have been emailed to all stewards requiring accommodations. All stewards flying into John Wayne Airport on March 27, 2013, will be picked up by either Carl Kimberlin or Herb Dickerson and taken to the hotel to check in.

If you any questions regarding the training, please contact Carl Kimberlin, CSU Statewide Steward at
(626) 825-4973.

Thank You