Bargaining Updates

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2021 Telework Bargaining Update

Local 1000 and the State are currently meeting to bargain over the implementation of a Statewide Telework Policy that would apply to all Local 1000 represented employees. The bargaining timeline below outlines our meeting dates. The State has made little movement from its initial position, so we remain substantially apart on several key bargaining demands, including the telework stipend. 

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Union Wins Discipline Protection in Vaccine Verification Battle

When the Governor announced a mandatory vaccine verification policy in a press release on July 26, 2021—without notifying the Union—and the State told the Union it was directing departments to start implementing new vaccine verification requirements, SEIU Local 1000 President Richard Louis Brown fought back. The Union immediately filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) asking for expedited action.  PERB granted the expedited action request and issued a Complaint charging the State of California with bad faith bargaining.

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DHCS Telework Meet and Confer
Update

On July 27, 2021, SEIU Local 1000 meet with Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) about their permanent telework policy. DHCS stated that they will be moving from the emergency policy to a permanent telework policy at the end of August 2021.

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Contact Tracing Extension

On July 21, 2021, SEIU Local 1000 met with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and CalHR to meet and confer over the contact tracing extensions through September, 2021. 

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CPUC Reasonable Accommodations Meet and Discuss

On Wednesday, July 7, SEIU Local 1000 met with the CPUC to discuss their Reasonable Accommodations Policy. We brought up several concerns and asked about the inclusion of the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) in the process. CPUC stated that while they are open to feedback and suggestion from the DAC, it is management’s policy, and are the CPUC is not required to consult the DAC in their its decision-making process.

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Health Facilities Evaluator Nurses
Update from May 17, 2021

Thank you for all your emails and feedback. Please continue sending your questions, comments, and feedback to unit17@seiu1000.org  

We read each email and try to respond accordingly in our updates.

On May 14, 2021, we met with John Tong (Labor Relations Specialist, CDPH) and Susan Espinoza (Deputy Director of Human Resources, CDPH) to discuss outstanding Health Facility Evaluator Nurse issues.

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Update on MSTs at DIR.Misallocation

SEIU Local 1000 is aware that the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has identified approximately 158 Management Services Technicians (MSTs) that they consider misallocated and who DIR believes are performing duties more accurately allocated to the Office Technician classification. SEIU Local 1000 is working diligently to research and explore all available options to put together the best possible course of action.

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Update on SCIF Performance Appraisal

On August 12, 2020, our Union met with the State Compensation Insurance Fund (State Fund) to continue discussing the planned update of the Performance Appraisal process within the department. State Fund plans to remove the three tier rating system of inconsistent, successful, and exceptional from annual performance appraisals and instead rely on a process where management regularly communicates performance expectations and concerns to employees throughout the year.

Some of the major details from the negotiations include:

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BU 17 – Health Facilities Evaluator Nurses
Weekly Update: Friday, August 28, 2020

On August 25, 2020, our Union was notified by members that an email from Heidi Steinecker was sent to staff directing HFENs to sign a new duty statement.  Our Union immediately contacted CDPH Labor Relations informing them that we are still in the meet and confer process and our Union had not agreed to any duty statement. We also demanded that the duty statement be withdrawn immediately.

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Statewide CDCR CCHCS Health & Safety Grievance
SEIU Local 1000 filed a health and safety grievance on behalf of all members in CDCR/CCHCS due to the department’s violation of our contract.

On July 28, 2020 SEIU Local 1000 filed a health and safety grievance on behalf of all members in CDCR/CCHCS due to the department’s violation of our contract.

CDCR CCHCS violated our contract by requiring employees to work where an immediate and recognizable threat exists to their health and safety. The department also continues to expose our members to an unsafe work environment, resulting in COVID-19 outbreaks, by continuing to allow inmate movement and not fully enforcing all health and safety guidelines.