Unit 11’s bargaining team reports incremental progress with the State’s negotiation team on economic proposals, reached several agreements, and presented one new proposal to advance the interests of the Engineering and Scientific Technicians we represent across the state.

“We experienced a more cooperative attitude from the State today, an improvement from prior bargaining sessions,” said Brad Willis, Unit 11 bargaining chair. “We were pleased to get some more meaningful responses.” Three of our economic proposals were moved to the master table.

We presented a powerful new proposal to directly address the economic issues our members face. It’s a proactive effort that opens the door to making progress during the three-year duration of our contract.

“We’re hoping to continue to press the State to review Unit 11 classifications and to address vacancy issues that exceed 30% across the unit,” added Willis. “By reaching agreement on this proposal, we’ll work to find solutions to recruitment and retention issues that ensure good state service without crushing workloads.”

Today, we reached tentative agreement on three contract sections, each of which maintains our hard-earned rights that were negotiated in previous bargaining cycles:

  • 5.15.11 – Joint Labor Management Committee (JLMC)
  • 11.42.11 – Water Treatment Plant Differential
  • 11.47.11 – Climbing Pay

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

Unit 11 returns to the table next week, on Monday, June 26. However, with just ten days remaining until our contract expires, bargaining sessions could happen at any time. To keep updated, and to see updates on other bargaining unit contract 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.

If you are, help support bargaining teams by purpling up on Wednesday and attending our upcoming rally in Los Angeles on June 22.