Our Union. Our Contract. Our Future.

Overview

Our Union. Our Contract. Our Future.
Bargaining Central

 “Our Union. Our Contract.  Our Future.”  is about the strength and the power of our members to win something amazing.

Our bargaining team has been meeting since July 2015 preparing their coworkers and the members they represent to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with them to win a great contract.

We know that we can have the best bargaining proposals and the best bargaining team, but in order for us to win a great contract, we need to demonstrate our collective power in our worksites.

That collective power comes from all of us as members standing up and fighting for the things that matter most to our lives, our families and our communities.

Notification

Gov. Brown signs our contract
A Message from President Yvonne R. Walker:

Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 28 (Pan), the bill authorizing the Memorandum of Understanding between the state and SEIU Local 1000, our union representing 96,000 employees, about 40% of the state’s workforce.

The deal was reached between the state and Local 1000 on Dec. 3, 2016, after eight months at the bargaining table and just two days before an impending strike.

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Tentative agreement moves to governor’s desk

Our tentative agreement (Senate Bill 28) was approved by a 61-14 vote on the Assembly floor on March 9 and now moves to the final phase of the legislative process: The governor’s desk for his signature!

President Yvonne R. Walker testified in support of our tentative agreement on March 2 when it was being considered by the Assembly Budget committee, which then moved it to the Assembly floor for a vote.

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Tentative Agreement Moves to Assembly

In a big step forward, our Tentative Agreement (Senate Bill 28) cleared the Senate on Feb. 17 with a 26-7 vote. 

Our TA cleared two previous hurdles earlier in February by being approved by two Senate committees. 

The bill now moves to the Assembly. SB 28 will first be heard in the Assembly Budget committee on March 2 upon adjournment of the Assembly floor hearing that day. The bill will be voted on by the Assembly floor at a future date, then on to the governor’s desk for his signature. 

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Tentative Agreement making way through Legislature

Our Tentative Agreement cleared two hurdles this week as it makes its way through the Legislature and closer to the Governor’s desk.

Vice President for Bargaining Margarita Maldonado testified before two Senate committees in support of our agreement, and both committees voted to move the TA forward.

Speaking on Feb. 6, Maldonado told the Senate Public Employees and Retirement Committee that we represent about 40% of California’s total state employees and provide a broad range of valuable services to California and our communities.

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Members Ratify Tentative Agreement

Members Ratify Tentative Agreement

After eight months of negotiations, thousands of members made their voices heard on a contract we can all be proud of.

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SBAC moves tentative agreement to ratification vote
A contract we can all be proud of

On Dec. 10 our Statewide Bargaining Advisory Committee (SBAC) unanimously approved sending our tentative agreement to our membership for a ratification vote!

The SBAC is our union’s 200-member committee that identifies and sets priorities for contract negotiations and provides support for contract bargaining campaigns.

The ratification period is Jan. 4 – 17 and voting information will be available on our website next week. 

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A Contract We Can ALL Be Proud Of

On Dec. 10 our Statewide Bargaining Advisory Committee (SBAC) unanimously approved sending our tentative agreement to our membership for a ratification vote!

The SBAC is our union’s 200-member committee that identifies and sets priorities for contract negotiations and provides support for contract bargaining campaigns.

When we started our journey for a contract we can all be proud of, Local 1000 members across the state shared their stories about what a pay raise means for them and their families.

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Tentative Agreement Overview

After nearly eight months of negotiations, we have reached a tentative agreement with the state, early Saturday morning, on a contract we can all be proud of. 

Below is a basic overview of what we won on compensation. This overview does not include any information on the non-economic improvements that were agreed upon, or how we plan on addressing some of the concerns we raised about the state’s conduct during bargaining. As we work to finalize and compile all of the tentative agreement we will send you additional details.

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A message from President Yvonne R. Walker on our Tentative Agreement

 After nearly eight months of negotiations, I’m proud to announce that our bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with the state early on December 3rd on a contract we can all be proud of.

**Click here for the initial details on the compensation package**

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Strike is OFF!!
We created a pathway forward

After weeks of preparing for a strike, we have been in conversations with the state, and we both feel we have found a pathway forward. Therefore we have withdrawn our notice to strike and will continue bargaining today.

Our goal has never been to go on strike. It has always been to get a contract we can all be proud of.

We will provide constant updates throughout the day and into the night, if necessary. Stay tuned.

In solidarity,
Yvonne R. Walker
President

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Bargaining Update for Tuesday, November 15
Bargaining session ends after state doesn’t budge on 2.96%

Just hours after member votes were counted, authorizing a strike, our bargaining team ended today’s session after the state refused to make any movement off its initial 2.96% per year salary proposal.

Click here to read President Walker’s strike vote message.

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Strike Authorized!
A message from President Yvonne R. Walker

An overwhelming 92% majority of us voted YES to authorize any and all actions, up to and including a strike, in support of a contract we can all be proud of!

From Oct. 31 to Nov. 11 we voted at more than 200 locations across the state on strike authorization. Votes were counted today by our bargaining unit chairs and vice chairs to ensure all policies and procedures were followed correctly.

What does strike authorization mean for us?

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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.

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Bargaining News for Thursday, October 13
Seeking common ground to revamp civil service

Our bargaining team worked hard today with the state’s negotiators to achieve a common understanding of the state’s Civil Service Improvement (CSI) initiative – a broad-based strategy to reform civil service employment, including recruitment, training, and a much-needed revamp of outdated classification specifications.

Our team is working to solve some deep frustration with the state’s slow progress and the lack of involvement with our union to create a real plan with real timelines.

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Bargaining News for Tuesday, October 11
Understanding the cost of retiree health care Live stream bargaining town hall on Wednesday

Our bargaining team met with state negotiators today for a detailed discussion about the cost of retiree health care – one of the key issues remaining to be settled as we work for a contract we can all be proud of.

“We’re challenging the assumptions the state is using to calculate the costs of this benefit and the share our members will be asked to pay,” said Yvonne R. Walker, Local 1000 President.

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Bargaining News for Monday, October 10
Pressing the state for a contract we can all be proud of Live stream town hall on Wednesday

Boosted by the actions in our workplaces over the last few weeks, our bargaining team returned to the table today with state negotiators and called for a pay raise that respects the valuable services we provide to all Californians.

We reminded the state that in the months since we last bargained, we heard from thousands of members who said at town halls and in surveys that the state’s offer doesn’t recognize our hard work; that working families shouldn’t have to live paycheck to paycheck.

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Back to the Bargaining Table Oct. 10
Member action escalates in support of a contract we can all be proud of

Our bargaining team returns to the table Oct. 10 to press the state for a response to our demand for dignity and respect in the form of a pay increase that recognizes the value of our work and the vital contributions our members make to California.

Every week, up and down the state, our members are taking action in growing numbers to demonstrate our resolve to win a contract we can all be proud of.

Thousands have taken the pledge to support our bargaining team and participate in all Local 1000-authorized actions.

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Members are fighting back
Demanding respect for our work and our families

Saying the state’s contract offer is “unacceptable,” our members all over the state are taking action to press for a contract we can all be proud of.

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Standing Up for a Contract We Can All Be Proud Of
We’re taking action across California

Throughout California, Local 1000 members are purpling up and standing shoulder-to-shoulder to show the state we’re committed to fight for a contract we can all be proud of. We’re telling the state their current contract offer does not value or respect the services we provide and we won’t stop until we win a contract we can all be proud of. Thousands of members are taking the pledge to participate in all Local 1000 authorized actions. Have you taken the pledge yet?

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Our hard-earned contract rights still in force

As we continue to take actions in support of a strong contract, we are still fully protected by our existing contract. Each of our hard-earned rights, achieved in past negotiations, is still in force. 

Our stewards are still providing real representation to enforce our hard-earned rights. And as we show our strength and pledge our support to take all Local 1000 authorized actions, management will threaten and try to intimidate us in an effort to weaken our cause. We’re not falling for it. 

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