Unit 20: Medical & Social Services Specialists

Unit 20

The purpose of Bargaining Unit 20 is to represent the LVNs, CNAs, Teaching Assistants, Dental Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians, Laboratory Technologists, Physical Therapists, Counselors, and many other medical and social service classifications working in prisons, veteran's homes, developmental centers, state hospitals, special schools, and other departments for the State of California so they operate under a fair and legal contract, and are part of a strong member led union.

By educating, organizing and mobilizing members of Bargaining Unit 20 in the workplace, the political arena and within the union itself, we strive to improve the living standard and rights of members, their families and other working people. Through these efforts we will accomplish economic and social justice for ourselves and others.

AB 2155 makes its way to Governor Brown for signature

Member action pushed bill passed hurdles in the Senate and Assembly

AB 2155—the Local 1000-sponsored bill that would put an end to the dangerous practice of mandatory overtime for public sector nurses—has passed the Senate and Assembly, and has now moved to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown for his approval.

Update on Registered Dental Assistant Settlement

On Friday, August 15, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) informed Local 1000 that they expect to begin issuing Form 204s for current employees who will be receiving settlement checks.  CDCR expects to begin issuing the Form 204s by the end of the month.  Once employees complete and sign the Form 204, CDCR will process their settlement check.

Four classifications selected for study and review

Local 1000's Unit 20 Classification Study Committee has selected four classifications for review by the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). The committee made the selection by utilizing a classification survey and results of salary studies conducted by Local 1000 researchers.

Unit 20 LVNs form work group to improve working conditions and relationships

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) in Bargaining Unit 20 have formed a work group (the LVN Workgroup) to create a more positive environment in the workplace where LVNs feel valued for their skills as well as appreciated and rewarded for the work they do.

CCHCS layoffs: what you need to know

California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) has mailed more than 600 State Restriction of Appointment (SROA) letters to Local 1000 members in seven of our nine bargaining units in anticipation of just over 200 planned layoffs scheduled to occur on December 1, 2015.

Registered Dental Assistant Settlement (As of July 24)

After the Governor's office approved the terms of the settlement with Registered Dental Assistants (RDAs) in May, a legally binding settlement agreement has been drafted and signed by the parties. Because the settlement calls for changes to our contract language, legislative approval is required. The parties are currently in the process of drafting a Side Letter agreement to submit to the Legislature for approval.

Receiver announces prison health care staffing changes

Local 1000 presses state for more information & options for affected members

On June 30, California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) gave notice to employees of potential impacts resulting from revised prison medical staffing in the 2014-15 state budget. The memo states that "some institutions will gain staff and others will experience staff reductions."

Local 1000 Nurses back bill to limit OT

Nurses organize statewide support for AB 2155

Local 1000-sponsored legislation to ban the unsafe practice of mandatory overtime, for nurses and nursing assistants, has passed the state Assembly and is now before the state Senate.

Scope of practice survey launches in one week

Nurses working at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) are raising concerns about risks to patient care and the status of their license.

Local 1000 is launching a "scope of practice" survey on June 16 that will lead to closer examination of workplace issues affecting registered and licensed vocational nurses. The results of the survey will guide future efforts by Local 1000 to advocate for quality patient care through upward mobility and enhanced clinical supervision. 

Nurses at DDS and DSH in bargaining units 17 and 20 will receive an invitation to participate in the survey in their personal email. If you do not receive an invitation, you can request one by clicking here and filling out a form to ensure we have your correct personal email address.

The deadline for filling out the survey is June 30.

CDCR begins fifth realignment wave

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has implemented the Realignment Wave 5 layoff process. The layoff date will be effective September 30, 2014. CDCR sent over 800 SROA letters out to Local 1000 members across the state. 

At this time around 100 positions are planned to be impacted statewide. Like in the previous four Waves, Local 1000 representatives will be setting up local informational meetings regarding the Voluntary Transfer Process. Additionally, the Realignment Team will be doing everything possible to mitigate impacts created by this layoff. 

Unit 20 Bargaining Unit Negotiating Committee (BUNC)