Strike Authorization Vote
Important Message from Our President
We have been in negotiations with the state for six months and have reached agreement on many items. Our intention is to continue to negotiate in good faith on all remaining terms. However, we have not yet reached agreement on a livable wage that values our work and respects the services we provide to all Californians.
Local 1000 members provide valuable services to the state of California and our communities. We believe everyone who works hard for a living should be able to provide for their families.
But we’re dealing with a tale of two cities here.
On one hand, California is the 6th largest economy in the world and has a projected $11.5 billion surplus this year.
On the other hand, a staggering 39% of our members cannot afford a two-bedroom apartment in the county they live in.
And in most parts of the state, our members cannot afford childcare.
Even more alarming is the gender pay inequity we’re facing.
Our union is predominately women (66% female, 34% male). Yet we are paid 19% less than the average for all rank-and-file state employees. The state has made deals with male-dominated state worker groups that include wages 43% higher than our average pay.
Like all Californians, we should be able to provide for our families. Yet, the state is offering us only 2.96% per year with a 3.5% employee contribution to our retiree healthcare.
Thousands of members have told us in town halls and in surveys: This is not enough to provide for our families, to afford our rent, to pay for childcare, or even to buy fresh groceries for our children.
Local 1000 members and working families should not have to live paycheck to paycheck.
We still believe the state can do better. That is why last week we continued to negotiate in good faith and will continue to do so in the coming weeks.
But the recent lack of movement by the state means we have to prepare for all options, including moving forward with a strike authorization vote.
In July, our Local 1000 Board of Directors voted unanimously to authorize a statewide membership vote on any and all concerted actions, up to and including a strike, in support of bargaining our contract.
That time has now come.
Frederick Douglass said: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Thousands of members—in hundreds of worksites up and down the state— are purpling up and standing up to demonstrate our solidarity and support for the bargaining team.
We will now take the next big step together in our journey for a contract we can all be proud of, by moving forward with a strike authorization vote.
Now more than ever, it’s important that we continue to stand together to make our demand. This is our union. This is our contract. This is our future.
Continue to take action in your worksites and stay in touch with your worksite action team leader. We will send voting information next week.
Remember what we are fighting for. We started this journey together and we will finish this journey together. Together, we are Unstoppable.
Yvonne R. Walker
President, SEIU Local 1000