HUNDREDS GATHER AT CAPITOL, DEMAND NEWS ADMINISTRATION SHOW VALUE SCIENCE FROM STATE SCIENTIFIC APPOINTMENT

CAPS has planned the Stand UP for Scientists Rally to urge the Newsom Administration to make wages competitive for government scientists who protect the public.

SACRAMENTO, CA, UNITED STATES, July 26, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Bianca Petzold, Director of Staff
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HUNDREDS GATHER IN CAPITOL, DEMAND NEWS ADMINISTRATION
SHOW SHE VALUES SCIENCE BY APPRECIATING STATE SCIENTISTS

The California Association of Professional Scientists has planned the Stand UP for Scientists Rally to urge the Newsom Administration to make wages competitive for the state’s scientists, whose vital work protects public health, the environment, water, our food supply, endangered species and more.

Hundreds of members of the California Association of Professional Scientists (CAPS) and the stakeholders who rely on their important work will gather on the West Steps of the State Capitol from noon to 2 p.m. Friday to publicly voice concerns that unequal salaries paid to state scientists are undermining vital science programs that serve the Golden State and its citizens.

CAPS President Margarita Gordus will address the crowd at approximately 12:15 p.m.; Corey Ridings, Fish Conservation Manager at the Ocean Conservancy will speak at approximately 12:20 p.m. Various members of the organizations will talk about their duties and responsibilities to the citizens of California and offer their perspectives on how the inequities of salaries of state scientists affect their Department’s ability to meet legislative mandates amid the state’s inability to recruit and retain top scientific talent.

Visuals will include scientists in field gear and lab PPE, colorful signage, cheering crowds and gatherings. State scientists and CAPS leaders will be available for interviews.

State scientists operate and oversee dozens of multimillion-dollar programs that protect California’s health, our state’s environment, its vast natural resources, and its unparalleled food supply. However, for many years, state scientists’ salaries have lagged behind those of their local, state, and federal government counterparts by 30% to 50%. CAPS’ bargaining team has been at the table with Governor Gavin Newsom’s Department of Human Resources (CalHR) for nearly three years to reach an agreement that would replace the union’s contract that expired on July 1, 2020. Under state law, the terms of of the expired contract remain in force until a new one is established.

Salaries remain under discussion. Despite two years of budget surpluses that have allowed the Newsom administration to increase spending on science programs by billions of dollars, it has yet to offer a competitive salary package for CAPS.

WHAT: Stand up for the gathering of scientists
WHERE: State Capitol West Steps, Sacramento
WHEN: July 29, from 2:00 p.m
WHO: Hundreds of CAPS members, stakeholders and others who support science and government scientists
SPEAKER(S): CAPS President Margarita Gordus is scheduled to address the crowd at 12:15 p.m.; Corey Ridings, Fish Conservation Manager at the Ocean Conservancy, will speak at approximately 12:20 p.m.
WHY: To challenge the Newsom administration to negotiate a contract that provides fair pay for government scientists who operate and oversee essential science programs

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