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.

Local 1000 fights outsourcing at CCHCS

SPB challenge and contract grievance filed to enforce employee rights

Local 1000 filed an appeal with the State Personnel Board (SPB) over the use of registry employees to do the work of members who were laid off or transferred by the California Correctional Health Care Services Department (CCHCS) in early December at eight different facilities.   Local 1000 is demanding  that SPB void these contracts.

The SPB challenge is coupled with a contract grievance requesting that employees who were harmed or laid off be "made whole" for all financial losses--such as pay and benefits--they would have earned if they had not been replaced by a registry employee.

"During the layoff process, it became obvious that the state was simply replacing civil service staff in the affected positions with at-will, registry employees who work for private vendors. In some cases, the registries were advertising for workers, and state supervisors were encouraging the employees slated for layoff to apply to work for the registries," explains Rionna Jones, chair of Bargaining Unit 20.  "This outrageous behavior has got to be fixed."

The appeal and grievance were filed on behalf of all affected employees in Bargaining Units 11, 17 and 20, including Clinical Laboratory Technologists, Laboratory Assistants, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Registered Nurses, Pharmacy Technicians and Radiological Technicians.

The challenges affect employees at the California State Prisons, Los Angeles and Sacramento Counties; the California Correctional Institution; the California Institute for Women; the Central California Women's Facility; the Pleasant Valley State Prison; Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility; and, Valley State Prison.

If you know of any outsourcing at your facility, or have any questions regarding the SPB appeal or the grievance, please contact the Local 1000 Member Resource Center at 866.471.SEIU (7348).

Information can be faxed to 916 554.1269 or emailed to uniteleven@seiu1000.org  unit17@seiu1000.org  or unit20@seiu1000.org


Soledad nurses take action over poor safety conditions

Management promises change after nurses take their issues to local city council 

Nurses and other healthcare professionals from facilities in the Salinas Valley won promises from management to address safety concerns after our members took their issues public before a local city council.

Dozens of members from the Salinas Valley State Prison, the Correctional Training Facility and the Department of State Hospitals, as well as family members and allies, held a news conference and march in Soledad on Dec. 3 before addressing the Soledad City Council about poor safety conditions at state facilities. The city council has no authority over state facilities, but the action by members gained local publicity, including an article in the Salinas newspaper. 

"When our community organizes itself for a good purpose, it is important for government to listen," said Soledad Vice Mayor Alejandro Chavez. "I am glad to hear that the state paid attention to the safety concerns brought forth to the City of Soledad."

As a result, management at Salinas Valley State Prison asked to meet with our members to hear their concerns over faulty safety lights. Call light systems are in wide hospital use and allow patients to summon a nurse should they experience any sort of medical distress. Local 1000 members pointed out that many of the lights don't function properly, which compromises patient safety. 

Management made a promise to our members to replace the faulty lights and to notify stewards when the work order was accomplished.

"Until we got organized as a group and pressured management, nothing ever got done about the safety conditions," said Nick Mannion, a licensed vocational nurse at Salinas Valley State Prison. "We need to keep moving forward so that we can address other workplace issues such as mandated overtime."

The Salinas Valley campaign included a strategic alliance with local clergy, who supported our members' goal to improve workers safety at the state medical facilities. 

"What we are doing is aligned with our Purpose Statement because we are all part of this community, and the health of the community is dependent on the health and safety of the people who live here," Mannion said. "We will continue to fight for a safer community in the Salinas Valley, both inside and outside the prison walls." 

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The fight to end mandatory overtime continues

Governor vetoes AB 2155; "the fight will continue."

On Sept. 30, Governor Jerry Brown issued a veto message for Assembly Bill 2155, a bill that would have prohibited the unsafe practice of mandatory overtime in state facilities.

CCHCS Layoff Update

Team reaches agreement with the state to reduce impact of Phase 3 Staff Reductions

On September 23, 2014, the Local 1000 negotiating team came to an agreement with CalHR and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) regarding the 2014 Phase 3 Staff Reductions. Some of the highlights of the agreement include:

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.

Unit 20 Bargaining Unit Negotiating Committee (BUNC)