The educational consultants and librarians of Unit 21 includes consultants who work with educational programs from pre-kindergarten through post-secondary or higher education, and the state librarians and archivists.
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.
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.
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 met with the state for the first time in three months and ended the week frustrated by a continued lack of movement by the state on key issues.
Earlier in the week, our team presented eye-opening information illustrating the gender pay gap in state civil service. Our union is 66% women and 34% men. The seven unions the state has reached agreement with, overwhelmingly comprised of men, are paid a staggering 43% more than Local 1000 members.
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.
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.
I’m writing to you with a very important message about contract negotiations.
During our July 30 executive session, our SEIU Local 1000 Board of Directors voted unanimously to authorize a statewide membership vote on any and all concerted actions, up to and including a strike, in support of bargaining our contract.
In short, we are exploring every option available to win a contract we can all be proud of.
After three months of bargaining in good faith, our negotiations with the state have reached a crossroads. In an era of healthy state finances, our bargaining team feels that the state’s offer does not meet the priorities that you shared with us through town halls and bargaining surveys.
Beginning Friday July 8, we’ll be holding a series of town halls up and down the state where members will hear the details of the state’s offer and have an opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions.
Your actions are working and making the difference at the bargaining table!
After CalHR Director Richard Gillihan insulted us and said we were only worth a 10% increase over four years and a 3.5% contribution to retiree healthcare, you stepped up the pressure and took immediate action. We responded the next day by holding worksite actions up and down the state and flooding Gillihan’s phone with the message that we are worth MORE than 10% and we will not stop until we get a great contract.
It worked. Our collective action pushed the state.
Our Unit 21 bargaining team continued to push back against state negotiators’ efforts to modify language governing our FLSA status. Just days ago, we rejected their proposal with the support of members in the field, who stickered up at their worksites with our clear message about FLSA: “Hands off My Hours.”
We’re still fighting to make the state understand our members are professionals and should be treated as such. We encourage our members to keep up the pressure and let the boss know that we won’t give up.
In a productive day of negotiations, our Local 1000 bargaining team made significant advances Saturday, moving more of our members’ priorities into the contract and fine-tuning proposals to maximize our rights and protections.
The day after our rally—with thousands of participants—shook the Capitol and put the state on notice that we will not roll over, the Unit 21 bargaining team went to the table to protect and enhance the rights of our members.