Council of UC Staff Assemblies

In support of the mission of the University of California it is the purpose of the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) to maintain and enhance communication within the University Community on matters of interest to staff employees in accordance with California laws and Regent policy.

The constituency of the Council is understood to be staff employees of the University of California. The Council is involved in matters of interest and concern to those who are not exclusively represented and may address matters not within the scope of representation for those exclusively represented.

2012 UC Davis Staff Engagement Survey

In 2012, CUCSA commissioned an engagement survey that targeted non-represented UC career staff with at least one year of service. All UC locations particiipated except Hastings College of the Law, the Associated Students UCLA, and the Medical Centers.

The survey's objectives were to:
  • Understand the current state of engagement of the UC workforce systemwide and how it differs by key organizational segments and demographics

  • Determine what drives engagement at UC specifically

  • Surface strengths to build on and opportunities to address; create a shortlist of actions to address issues and improve employee engagement across the system

  • Involve and communicate with leaders and employees throughout the process

Staff Assembly's past Chair begins Chairmanship of CUCSA


Rob Kerner, CUCSA Chair

July 1 marked the start of the Department of Plant Sciences’ IT Manager, Rob Kerner’s year-long term as Chair of the Council of University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA). CUCSA’s purpose is maintaining and enhancing communication with the University community on matters of interest to staff employees. If you’re wondering how CUCSA has helped staff lately, note that their combined advocacy with the Staff Advisors to the Regents (a program advocated for by CUCSA) is producing movement on a long-term salary program for non-represented staff, in addition to some new systemwide supervisor training initiatives.

CUCSA consists of two delegates from each of the 10 UC campuses, as well as the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Office of the President. Kerner and his leadership team will have regular meetings with President Napolitano and UCOP executives as they undertake improvement projects on a systemwide level.

Over the next year, Kerner plans to work toward “solving the daily problems in our jobs,” noting that “solving challenges at the systemwide level should mean we have fewer problems to contend with on the individual campuses.”

During his tenure as CUCSA Chair, workgroups formed and guided by Kerner and CUCSA leadership will produce advisory reports presented to the Board of Regents aimed at several staff-related matters including:

  • Improving educational benefits for staff – Kerner wants to see an “expansion in assistance available for staff interested in finishing an undergraduate degree or pursuing a graduate degree or certificate program,” in addition to bringing improved staff development offerings to campuses lacking in services.

  • Improving the systemwide committee process – Kerner wants to “figure out better ways for end users to be part of the process when new applications or policies are being developed for systemwide use.”

  • Hiring and on-boarding staff - Kerner wants to better understand the hurdles that face supervisors trying to fill positions at the UC and then be able to “untangle issues related to policy, and those related to long time practices that may not be necessary.”

Further, Kerner sees increased opportunities for CUCSA to serve as a conduit of information from the Office of the President to the individual campuses. In this regard, we are fortunate to have such a well-informed individual representing our campus who is so dedicated to advocating for staff issues and affecting changes at the systemwide level. While Kerner can’t show UC Davis any particular favoritism, he notes “this is my home campus and I am pretty familiar with how our campus’ issues impact staff experiences.”

You can email Rob Kerner at