In a day marked by highs and lows, our Unit 1 bargaining team— Professional Administrative, Financial, and Staff Services—returned to the table with State negotiators, continuing the fight to demand recognition and respect for the Unit 1 employees we represent.

Facing untenable workloads because of a unit-wide vacancy rate of 1 in 4 jobs, we are pleased at reaching tentative agreement on contract section 5.17.1 – Recruitment and Retention Committee (Unit 1).

“This R and R committee is an important tool for Unit 1, and retaining the committee in our contract empowers us to talk about solutions before the situation gets worse,” said Susan Rodriguez, Unit 1 Chair. You’ll recall that just last week, we used the work of the committee established by 5.17.1 to inform a range of economic proposals presented.

On the other side of the day’s ledger, we were shocked by a State-originated proposal to delete contract section 18.2.1- EDD PI’s Conversion and Ratio (Unit 1).

The battle over the use (and numbers) of Permanent Intermittent employees is a long one, stretching back more than a decade. The State claims the deletion of the entire section allows the department to respond to unexpected workload demand brought on by recession or pandemic. Here’s the challenge: across the long fight and many “economic challenges,” EDD has struggled to comply with the conversion and ratios spelled out in the contract.

“This an unacceptable affront to our demand for respect,” said Carolyn Alluis, Unit 1 bargaining team member. “It’s another example of ignoring the full-time staff, already overworked, without new full-time hires. Who will do the work when qualified employees leave due to a lack of respect?”

In addition, we gave the State a counter proposal on Section 13.15.1 – EDD Determination Scheduling Standard. “We will continue the fight to achieve reasonable workloads and the respect the EDD workforce deserves for their commitment and service,” added Unit 1 Chair Susan Rodriguez.

We reached tentative agreement on four additional contract sections, “rollovers” that keep our hard-earned rights intact.

  • 13.16.1 – Employee Recognition and Morale Program – Franchise Tax Board (FTB), Board of Equalization (BOE), California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) and Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) (Unit 1)​
  • 13.17.1 – Independent Research/Professional Papers (Unit 1)
  • Side Letter 8.1 – EDD Tax Tools October 19, 2000
  • Side Letter 9.1 – EDD Quality Assurance Review (QAR)

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 23. To read about what happened in Tuesday’s other bargaining sessions, please visit the Contract Action Center page at seiu1000.org

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