We Have Not Reached a Tentative Agreement with the State
After three months of negotiations and over 100 separate bargaining unit meetings, the SEIU Local 1000 bargaining team was unable to reach a tentative agreement on a new contract with the State.
While we have done our best to negotiate fairly and openly, the State has repeatedly failed to respond to our proposals in a timely fashion. Even more importantly, the 6% general salary increase the State offered us over three years falls far short of our members’ demands and does little to alleviate the hardships brought on by low wages and high workplace vacancy rates — issues members spoke about at numerous Zoom meetings, town halls, and surveys.
While our current contract with the State expires at the end of Friday, June 30, 2023, that contract will remain in effect until a new agreement is struck. That means all SEIU Local 1000 workers will continue to be paid their respective salaries. However, the $260 monthly stipend that we negotiated in 2019 for Local 1000 members enrolled in CalPERS health insurance plans will expire as of June 30, 2023.
In the interim, we will continue to explore every option available to win a new contract with the State. In the past, this has taken the form of a statewide membership vote on any and all concerted actions, up to and including a strike.
We know Local 1000 members are ready to stand up and fight for a great contract. In order for us to win, we will all need to make good on that promise.
We are in a moment that will test our courage and commitment to one another—as co-workers and union siblings. By standing up for what’s right, we can show our strength, our power, and our solidarity. Stay tuned for further actions and updates as we create a path forward together.