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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.