Our Unit 20 bargaining team reports some progress at the table, recording three different tentative agreements that preserve rights we’ve fought for and won during previous contract campaigns. At the same time, we continue to negotiate on a number of issues and also received one rejection of a new proposal.

Still, overall progress is slow: today’s session was short, and we’re still waiting for the State’s bargaining team to join us in our efforts to bring a good contract to a conclusion.

Here are the tentative agreements we reached today. Each one is a rollover language. Of note, the pilot post-and-bid program for Medical Assistants (MA) in Stockton continues for another three years. During the next three years, the MA’s will follow a process identical to the Dental Assistants and bid yearly. And, table discussion about rest periods provides us with a better understanding of allowable breaks when our Unit 20 personnel are working shifts that go longer than 8 hours.

  • 19.3.20 Rest Periods (Unit 20)
  • 20.16.20 Post and Bid Procedure for Dental Assistant Positions, CDCR (Unit 20)
  • 20.18.20 Pilot Post and Bid for Medical Assistants at CHCF Stockton (Unit 20)

Negotiations continue on a number of key issues. Our economic issues have been moved to the master table.

Where does bargaining go from here?

Watch this July 13 video message from Irene Green, Local 1000 Vice President for Bargaining.

Unit-specific bargaining, along with negotiations at the master table, are being scheduled on a day-to-day basis. When there’s activity at the table, we’ll email and post the results, often on the same day. Click here to read all the recaps of bargaining activity.

What is the status of our contract?

As you know, we have not yet reached an overall tentative agreement on a new contract with the State. Our rights are still protected under the terms of our previous contract, which expired on June 30. Please remember that the $260 health care stipend had a June 30 sunset clause and will not be included in your August paycheck. That issue is part of our current negotiations.

You can read about your current contract rights in this mobile-friendly, searchable database.

What actions can I take to win a good contract?

As the bargaining team works to achieve meaningful progress at the table, it’s important that we keep our focus on Union solidarity and strength building. In order for our demands to be heard, SEIU Local 1000-represented employees need to stand together. So, we encourage you to sign up for our next action on July 25, 26, and 27 when we picket CalHR in Sacramento. Click here to register.