Bargaining and Ratification News


Bargaining update for Friday, May 29
State Negotiators Propose Reduction in Pay through Two-Day PLP Program

On Friday, May 29, 2020, Local 1000’s bargaining team returned to the table with state negotiators and received the state’s first proposal which outlined a 9.23 percent pay cut.

The state’s proposal would use a Personal Leave Program (PLP) to achieve the payroll reduction. The PLP would take the form of a two-day or 16 hour a month reduction in this fiscal year and would end with the June 2021 pay period.


BU 17 – Registered Nurses
Update as of April 27, 2020

The health of our staff is paramount, and our Union continues to address concerns from our members, given CDPH’s critical role in this crisis. We have made it clear that the state is required to provide employees a healthy and safe workplace, and they should not put the health of essential workers in jeopardy. Our Union raised the following questions after members from the SFDO raised concerns.

Below are the latest responses we’ve received from Management:


Board of Trustees Approves State Bar Tentative Agreement

The State Bar Board of Trustees voted on Thursday, April 16 to approve our contract. The Board of Trustees vote is the culmination of a process that started over a year ago and recently included an overwhelming majority of State Bar members voting to ratify the Tentative Agreement.


Nurses Alliance Webinar
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Learn about how California’s Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) standard protects us from the novel COVID-19 Virus.

In 2009, a new California occupational health standard was adopted to protect nurses and other healthcare workers from infectious agents such as tuberculosis, measles, and pandemic flu, as well as novel diseases such as COVID-19. The Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) Standard is an enforceable regulation that applies in healthcare, corrections, and other high-risk environments. 


Bilingual Differential Increase Implementation

For the first time in 42 years, we were able to increase the Bilingual Pay Differential to $200/month. This comes after 20 years of fighting for an increase including a joint task force and hundreds of members telling their story. We have been fighting for the implementation of this increase since we ratified our contract in October 2019. This week, CalHR issued the pay letter for this increase and members will receive the increase to $200/month. We also won retroactive pay for this differential increase to October 31, 2019.  


Bargaining Unit 1 – Update
Recruitment and Retention Differential for CCRAs and CRTs

In our most recent contract, we won a Recruitment and Retention Differential for our CCRAs and CRTs in the institutions. While our contract was ratified in October of 2019, we fought for months to ensure that CalHR issued a pay letter and begin to process this much needed financial support for our CCRA and CRT members. Through increased advocacy and push from our Unit 1 team we are happy to announce that CalHR has accelerated their timeline and committed to pay the R&R to these members no later than April 30, 2020.

For any questions about this issue please contact our Unit 1 team at


Bargaining Unit 3 – Update
Professional Educators and Librarians

These past few weeks have been interesting to say the least. Not knowing what you are going to do tomorrow due to the daily changes can be challenging. I want everyone to know our first priority is the health and safety of all of our represented employees and that your job stewards have been working hard to keep up with the constant changes and ensure that management follows the new working conditions. I, your BUNC, and all the Unit 3 stewards have been working hard to ensure that at each facility the policies coming out of Sacramento are being followed so as to reduce possible transmittal of the COVID-19.

On April 8, 2020, a notice was put out that California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Adult Division, was creating and implementing a 14 day modified program. For Unit 3 Librarians, I’d like to point out that the memo said libraries were going to a PLU or paging option while maintaining social distancing in the library, and educational materials were to be provided to either cell front or dorm.


State Bar Election Announcement

Congratulations! After nearly a year of bargaining and member action, State Bar members have voted overwhelmingly (98% for the Attorney Unit and 97% for the General Unit) to approve the Tentative Agreement.

Our new contract creates economic gains, brings equity and fairness to our retiree healthcare plans, expands our access to paid leave and family bonding, increases career development opportunities, and deepens investments in work-life balance.


Bargaining Unit 15 – DGS Custodians

SEIU Local 1000 Bargaining Unit 15 has been in communication with the Department of General Services (DGS) to understand the department’s policies in response to the Corvid-19 crisis and its impact on our Custodian workforce.  Please check out the information below for the most recent information from DGS. 

If you have questions or issues about health and safety that you would like the union to raise to DGS, please call the Member Resource Center at 866.471.SEIU (7348).

Be sure to visit our COVID-19 Resources and Bargaining Unit 15 webpages often as we will post updates and latest responses from DGS.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Bargaining Unit 17 – Update
Health Facility Evaluator Nurses

Update as of April 6, 2020

We know that you are in a fluid emergency situation, and we thank you for the hard work and sacrifices you make on a daily basis to care for California. We are continuing to advocate for you with the Department about issues that are changing almost daily. We wanted to update you on conversations we have had with the department on PPE and working weekends.  Below are some of the updates we wanted to share with you.


State Bar Ratification Election
Vote in the Ratification Election for the State Bar Tentative Agreement!

Through member input, member leadership, and member action our State Bar Bargaining Team was able to secure a contract that will create economic gains, bring equity and fairness to our retiree healthcare plans, expand our access to paid leave and family bonding, increase career development opportunities, and deepen investments in work-life balance.

The State Bar bargaining team was creative, inventive, and resourceful – calling on our SEIU Local 1000 our research teams to provide alternative models to question management’s costing and advance our ability to win a cost of living adjustment; utilizing our SEIU Local 1000 lobbying expertise to bring home a fee bill that made many of these necessary changes possible; and most importantly, standing firm, when decision makers were unwilling to bend.

Below is a summary of the key provisions in our new Tentative Agreement.

To learn more please join a Virtual Ratification Meeting (information below). In addition, we’ve included the Full Tentative Agreement via the button on the right (desktop) or at the bottom of the page (mobile).

Economic gains

2% COLA in January 2021

1% COLA in January 2022

Salary range increases for Paralegals, Court Specialists, Legal Secretaries, and Administrative Supervisors that were found to be under market or under valued

Out-of-Class process and back pay improvements

Increases for bilingual differentials

Expanded Healthcare Access

Retiree healthcare parity with management (full medical and vision at the 80/20 split with 15 years of CalPERS service)

Current Retiree Healthcare Stipend continuation

Career Development

Accelerated promotional pathways for entry-level positions

Up to $250 per year subsidy for certain licenses and certifications, including California Bar membership for General Unit employees 

Increases for bilingual differentials

Work-Life Balance Investments

160 hours of paid bonding leave for new parents

Four (4) personal days annually after five (5) years of service

Increased lunch break flexibility that allows non-exempt employees to choose a 45 minute lunch break

Additional week of vacation cash out for a total of three weeks per calendar year

Bereavement leave expanded to include nieces and nephews

Dress code improvements

Voting Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all voting will be held electronically. You can vote in the Ratification Election from Monday, April 6th at 3:00 p.m. until Friday, April 10th at 3:00 p.m. Vote results will be posted within 24 hours after the close of the election. 

Click here to vote now!

If you have questions about the ratification election please contact

Click here to view the Full Tentative Agreement 


BU 15 – Update on Food Service Task Force
Food Service Task Force focuses on key issues

Update as of March, 17, 2020

On March 11, 2020, the Unit 15 Food Service Workers team launched their Task Force meetings with the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

The team was led by Maria Patterson, Chair of Bargaining Unit 15 and Garth Underwood, Vice-Chair of Bargaining Unit 15, as well as Kevin Quaife, Correctional Supervising Cook (CSC) from California Correctional Center and Susanna Redfearn, CSC from Avenal State Prison.  


Bargaining Unit 1 – R&R Committee
Recruitment and Retention Committee 5.17.1 Contract Implementation

Introduction to Application

Recruitment and Retention (R&R) (Article 5.17.1) is a victorious win for SEIU Local 1000 members. The purpose of this R&R is to provide a platform for the state and the Union to jointly come to a consensus on recruitment and retention issues that are impacting the classification and jointly bring them to the attention of the Director of CalHR and the Administration.


Unit 11 Re-vote Ratification Ballots
Friday, October 11, 2019

With the Unit 11 re-vote balloting ending Saturday, October 12, 2019, the ballot count will take place Sunday, October 13 at 10:00 am in our union office at 1325 S Street in Sacramento. Members are welcome to view the count; membership will be verified. The results will be shared online at and via email with Unit 11 members after the count is completed.