Reclass efforts underway for 8,000 IT workers
Members organizing to update decades-old job specifications
Local 1000 represents nearly 8,000 IT workers at a variety of state departments in classifications such as Information Systems Technician and Associate Programmer Analyst. But because IT job classifications in California state service have not been reviewed in decades, they are out of date and out of step with comparable jobs in the private sector, and with the local and federal work force.
Local 1000 has made updating IT classifications a high priority; our members deserve compensation and career development that matches the work they are doing. As part of our comprehensive IT Reclassification campaign, we have secured the state’s commitment to work with us on modernizing these job specifications.
“This is our opportunity as a member-led union to control our own destinies and professional development.”
Staff Programmer Analyst,
Department of Child Support Services
The first step in the IT reclassification process has been to let our members set the priorities. To that end, Local 1000 sent out an e-survey to affected employees this summer. Respondents made it clear that adjusting base compensation needs to be key: eighty-five percent said they would rather receive a higher base pay than receive certification pay for high demand or specialized functional areas. Respondents also communicated clearly that they want their job specifications to align to current industry standards and future needs. Currently, just over 7,400 IT workers we represent are pooled together in just three generic job titles: “systems analyst,” “systems software specialist” and “programmer analyst.” Of those, more than 4,000 are classified as “systems analyst.”
“With the input from our members we can ensure their priorities are represented throughout this process,” says Thomas Perine, a Staff Programmer Analyst and senior job steward at Department of Child Support Services. “This is our opportunity as a member-led union to control our own destinies and professional development.”