California State University negotiates employee salary increases
by Patrick Evans
The California State University system reached an agreement on salary increases with the California State University Employees Union and International Union of Operating Engineers.
The CSU system is made up of about 437,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff at 23 campuses. The California State University Employees Union represents 15,000 CSU employees. The International Union of Operating Engineers represents trade workers at the California Maritime Academy. A total of almost 40,000 employees will have their salaries increased, according to CSU office of the chancellor.
“After several years of trying economic times, we are finally able to provide modest increases to the many employees whose work has been critical to maintaining the operation of the university,” Gail Brooks, CSU vice chancellor of Human Resources said.
CSUEU represented employees will receive a salary increase of $40 per month. IUOE-represented employees will receive a salary increase of 1.34 percent. Increases will be retroactive to July 1, for all employees.
Record Enrollment in Fall 2013
by Patrick Evans
Incoming freshmen and transfer classes were larger than ever before this fall, according to Humboldt State enrollment records.
New students numbered 2,339 in total, 971 are transfer students and 1,368 are freshmen this semester.
First-year retention rates also increased from 73 percent to 77.5 percent. HSU spokesperson Paul Mann said the increase was unprecedented.
Latino students now make up 25.6 percent of HSU’s population and qualify the school for designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education.
Peg Blake, vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, said the designation means HSU student population is closer to reflecting California’s demographics.
“It enables us to apply for funding opportunities through the Department of Education and bolster student success,” Blake said.
The program would give HSU access to grants which finance curriculum and faculty development, academic programs, endowment funds, scientific and laboratory equipment and student support services.