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Legislation Supporting CSU Employees Passes Higher Education Committee

For immediate release:

(Sacramento, CA)Following the passage of AB 2516 (Santiago) out of the Assembly Higher Education Committee on Tuesday, Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement:

Assemblymember Santiago

“AB 2516 is a critical step towards ensuring our higher education employees directly involved in the day-to-day operations and success of the California State University (CSUs) are heard at the highest levels of decision-making,” said Assembly Member Santiago.

“Unfortunately, many CSU employees lack representation on the Board of Trustees. There is currently no CSU Trustee specifically representing these employees. The inclusion of a bargaining unit representative will provide essential insights and perspectives on the working conditions, challenges, and needs of the faculty and staff who are the backbone of our institutions.”

AB 2516 will strengthen the voices of CSU employees by requiring the Governor to appoint a bargaining unit representative to the CSU Board of Trustees to serve a two-year term.

AB 2516 will be referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Assembly Member Miguel Santiago is the Assistant Assembly Majority Leader. He serves on the Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Tourism Committee, the Health Committee, and the Utilities & Energy Committee. He represents the 54th District composed of the cities of Los Angeles, Commerce, Montebello, and Vernon.