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.

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. 

Local 1000 wins million dollar settlement for correctional dental assistants

A grievance filed by Local 1000 led to a settlement that was approved last week by the governor's office.

Thanks to contract enforcement by Local 1000, nearly 550 Registered Dental Assistants (RDAs) at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will receive lump sum settlements ranging from $1,750 to $3,500.

CDCR stopped paying a $100 monthly RDA differential in November of 2007, after a side letter negotiated with CDCR provided salary increases for dental assistants--although the provision in our contract governing the differential remained unchanged.

Local 1000 wins million-dollar settlement for correctional dental assistants

Nearly 550 Registered Dental Assistants (RDAs) at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will receive lump sum settlements ranging from $1,750 to $3,500 - after a grievance filed by Local 1000 led to a settlement that was approved last week by the governor's office.

CDCR stopped paying a $100 monthly RDA differential in Nov. 2007, after a side letter negotiated with CDCR provided salary increases for dental assistants - although the provision in our contract governing the differential remained unchanged.

Local 1000's grievance argued that correctional RDAs were still entitled to the differential, and the final settlement may exceed $2 million. The settlement impacts both current and former RDAs in CDCR. The settlement will be paid as a lump sum, and our contract will be amended to exclude CDCR RDAs from the differential pay (see the summary below). 

The differential for RDAs in other state departments will continue to be paid as before. 

Local 1000 Nurses call on Legislature to stop mandatory overtime

Dangerous practice threatens safety of patients, caregivers and the public

Local 1000 is fighting to ban the unpopular practice of mandatory overtime, and is asking nurses and nursing assistants at prisons and mental hospitals throughout California to send in their stories of how mandatory overtime affects them and their patients. 

"For years we have been working to improve the safety of patients and nurses by getting rid of mandatory overtime and now the issue is before the Legislature," said Kim Cowart, chair of Bargaining Unit 17, which represents all registered nurses (RNs).  "We have nurses who are forced to work double shifts day after day, week after week and it creates a dangerous situation."

Have you filled out your Unit 20 classification survey yet?

The Unit 20 classification survey has been sent to all bargaining unit members for whom we have email addresses for - have you filled yours out yet?

The deadline for participation is Tuesday, April 29.

Each member received a personalized invitation - the link you received that connects you to the survey is unique, and can't be forwarded to your fellow members. If you did not receive an email inviting you to participate, or you know of a member who would like to have their voice heard, please click this link to fill out a form that will allow us to send you your own link to the survey.

Our contract allows Local 1000 to target up to four classifications for review each year, and your input will help us identify the most severe out-of-class situations. 

RDA settlement in Governor's hands

Local 1000 is happy to report that the terms of the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) settlement have been forwarded to the governor's office for final approval.  We do not have a specific timeframe for when we expect to hear back from the governor's office.  But, as soon as we hear something, we will let you know.  Also, please continue to get the word out to any RDA whose name does not appear on the list.  Please refer to the prior update for more information on how to ensure your name is on the list. 

Statewide Bargaining Advisory Council - February Meeting Recap

Contract implementation and fighting for working families were the focus of a recent gathering of Local 1000's Statewide Bargaining Advisory Council - held Feb. 8 and 9 in Manhattan Beach. More than two hundred elected Local 1000 members attended - our unit bargaining teams, along with other District Bargaining Unit Representatives (DBURs) and Classification Bargaining Unit Representatives (CBURs).

Each member received detailed training in four different topics: CalPERS pensions; the history of California's civil service; the state's classification systems; and the duty of fair representation. The training is part of an ongoing effort to improve Local 1000's contract implementation resources.

Unit 20 Bargaining Unit Negotiating Committee (BUNC)