Our Unit 1 Bargaining Team returned to the table with the State on Tuesday, April 25. It’s our largest bargaining unit, representing a diverse group of professionals, and today’s session focused on parts of our contract that affect the represented employees at EDD.

“The working conditions at EDD have been a Local 1000 focus for some time,” says Unit 1 Chair Susan Rodriguez. “We’ve had an ongoing discussion with the department at every bargaining cycle and numerous times in between.”

“Workloads at EDD are an issue we worked to correct today,” Rodriguez added. “We proposed language that would allow EPRs the ability to do their job better and to improve the quality of the service they provide.”

The new language in Article 13.15.1 – EDD Determinations Scheduling Standard – increases the time allotted for determination interviews.

Unit 1 made additional progress today, reaching tentative agreement on a number of articles that were either “rolled over” (leaving existing hard-won rights unchanged) or “cleaned up” (making changes to improve the accuracy or clarity of the existing language without modifying the article’s intent or impact).

Two of the articles agreed upon today preserved Joint Labor Management Committees, which are powerful tools Unit 1 uses to continue the effort to improve working conditions between contract cycles.

  • 5.15.1 – Joint Labor Management Committee
  • 8.23.1 – Employment Development Department (EDD) Vacation Leave Policy
  • 21.8.1 – EDD America’s Job Center of California
  • 5.14.1 – Guide, Historical Monument Joint Labor Management Committee
  • 12.19.1 – Actuary Dues-Department of Insurance

One additional article is still pending, 20.1.1, which governs EDD’s Post and Bid Agreement.

You can read the details of these and all current contract articles at contract.seiu1000.org

Unit 1’s next meeting with the State to win a contract that Respects Us, Protects Us, and Pays Us is set for May 2. To read about what happened in Tuesday’s other bargaining sessions, please visit the Contract Action Center page at seiu1000.org

There’s real truth to the Local 1000 slogan, Stronger Together. We only win a great contract with a strong Local 1000 membership. So, if you’re not already a member, we encourage you to join us today.