Bargaining Updates


Unit 11 Update
Sunday, October 13, 2019

Unit 11 members have re-examined, reconsidered, and re-voted! Overwhelmingly, Unit 11 members have voted to ratify our Tentative Agreement. The vote count was 72% yes to 28% no.

The decision by Unit 11 members to vote has a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of Unit 11 members who will now receive:


Unit 11 Re-vote Ratification Ballots
Friday, October 11, 2019

With the Unit 11 re-vote balloting ending Saturday, October 12, 2019, the ballot count will take place Sunday, October 13 at 10:00 am in our union office at 1325 S Street in Sacramento. Members are welcome to view the count; membership will be verified. The results will be shared online at and via email with Unit 11 members after the count is completed. 


Social Media Myths Based on Lies and Misinformation
Don’t be fooled by false claims and empty promises

Consider the myths circulating about a ‘No’ vote — including the attempts to scare workers into voting ‘No’.  

FACT: The contract we negotiated for Unit 11 has real life benefits that help the vast majority of Unit 11 workers. 

The democratically elected bargaining representatives reflected the rights of all Unit 11 workers when it moved for a revote and recommended ‘Yes’ a second time.

MYTH: The Bargaining Representatives Can’t Call a Revote.


Update: Ratification Ballots

After conducting over 500 worksite ratification meetings around the State we are prepared to count the Ratification Ballots. The ballot count will happen today at 2:30 p.m. in our union office at 1325 S Street in Sacramento. Members are welcome to view the count; membership will be verified. The results will be shared after the count.


Important message from our President, Yvonne R. Walker

Thank you for your support of bargaining and your commitment to improving rights and reducing economic inequality, in these difficult times, where workers are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet and support their families. We admire your courage as you stand up for each other to ensure that each of our members is treated with dignity and respect. This is an important time to remember that the Union’s contract is still in effect through January 1, 2020, and we have reached a tentative agreement for the next contract effective on January 2, 2020. 


SBAC Moves Tentative Agreement to Members

Our Statewide Bargaining Advisory Committee, which is comprised of the elected district/classification bargaining representatives, has voted to send our Tentative Agreement out to the full membership for a ratification vote.

Every member will have the opportunity to vote to ratify the Tentative Agreement. Members can vote at worksite meetings, in-person at one of our regional offices, or by mail.

Voting locations, dates, and details will be available on on September 11.


We’ve reached a Tentative Agreement!
Thursday August 29th, 2019

We are building a California for All in which our members earn livable wages; have access to quality, affordable healthcare; are recognized for our skills and responsibilities; and show up to workplaces that respect us and our families.

At 25 Town Halls up and down the state, in thousands of bargaining surveys, and through actions in hundreds of worksites over the last nine weeks, our members made the demand clear — the rising unaffordability of California is hitting us hard and the state must do better.


Master Table Bargaining Update for Monday, August 26, 2019
State Presents Counter-Proposals on Health Care and Signs Additional Tentative Agreements; Units 17 and 20 Return to MOT Table

On Monday, August 26, state negotiators returned to the master table with counter-proposals on the health care stipend and Union Information Packet proposals. Both of these proposals highlight important struggles for working people in our fight to make this state a California for All.


Unit 1 Bargaining Update for Friday, August 23, 2019
Unit 1 Bargaining Team Reaches Tentative Agreement on EDD Post and Bid Agreement and EDD Determination Scheduling Standard Agreement

On Wednesday, August 21, the Unit 1 bargaining team continued their negotiations with the State by reaching a tentative agreement (TA) on Post and Bid Agreement and the EDD Determination Scheduling Standard at the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Earlier in the bargaining process, Unit 1 negotiators proposed to “roll-over” the current Post and Bid provision at EDD. The state countered with anti-nepotism language that would allow management to deny Post and Bid placements if they were found to be based on favoritism.


Master Table Bargaining Update for Thursday, August 22, 2019
Local 1000 Bargaining Team Signs More Roll-Over Provisions; Continues Steady Progress Towards Tentative Agreement

On Thursday, August 22, Local 1000’s bargaining team continued progress towards a tentative agreement with the state by signing over ten provisions, including agreements on Tax Deferral of Lump Sum Leave Cash Outs, Parking Rates, the Personal Leave Program, and other standard labor contract provisions from the current MOU.


Unit 15 Bargaining Update for Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
Unit 15 Scores Big Win on Overtime Distribution

Our Unit 15 bargaining team culminated another successful negotiating session with the state by reaching agreement on overtime distribution language for members working at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

“We fought hard and won language that makes the distribution of overtime more fair and transparent,” said Garth Underwood, a member of the Unit 15 team. “At the same time, we’re ensuring the well-being of workers at CDCR by strengthening language on overtime shifts.”

Today’s tentative agreement (TA) includes the following provisions:


Unit 14 Bargaining Update for Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
Unit 14 Bargaining Team Secures Important Differential; Rolls Over Skill Pay for Digital Print Operator IIs

On Wednesday, August 21, the Unit 14 bargaining team signed a “roll-over” tentative agreement (TA) that ensures Digital Print Operator IIs will continue to receive their Skill Pay Differential of 3 percent for operating the HP 10000 Digital Press at the Office of State Publishing.

Earlier in the bargaining process state negotiators had indicated that they were interested in taking away the differential on this provision. However, on Wednesday morning they agreed to drop any new proposals and signed the “roll-over” language.


Unit 11 Bargaining Update for Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
Unit 11 Bargaining Team Reaches Tentative Agreements on Professional Differentials, Footwear Allowance.

Our Unit 11 bargaining team continued their negotiations with the state and on Wednesday, August 21, reached tentative agreements (TA) on several issues.

“Our work today recognizes the professional status of Unit 11 members,” said Brad Willis, Unit 11 bargaining chair. “We also maintained the footwear allowance for those whose jobs require safer and stronger shoes.


Unit 3 Bargaining Update for Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
Career Technical Education Instructors in CDCR Win Clarifying Language on Initial Placements

On Wednesday, August 21, Unit 3’s bargaining team signed a tentative agreement (TA) that clarifies the process by which Career Technical Education (CTE) Instructors are initially placed on the unit’s salary schedule. This new language will ensure that CTE instructors are assessed and placed in the schedule on equal footing with Academic instructors.


Unit 1/Unit 4 Joint Bargaining Update for Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
Units 1 and 4 Reach Important Agreement on Lottery Bonus Procedures

Meeting in a special joint “side table” with the state, Units 1 and 4 fought for and won a major advance for Lottery employees on Wednesday, August 21. The advance stands to update and improve the bonus structure for its field sales representatives in Unit 1 and the lottery ticket sales specialist series in Unit 4.

These are the workers on the front lines who drive Lottery revenues that contribute more than $1 billion annually to the state’s public schools and help create a California for All.


Master Table Bargaining Update for Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
Local 1000 Bargaining Team Pushes Back on State Counters

In our push for a California for All our team has advocated for multiple proposals that would move forward our goals to achieve a better future for all Californians.

The state responded to some of the most important proposals to reach those goals today – unfortunately they missed the mark.  The state put forward proposals that would require members to pay more for retirement/post-retirement benefits – these are inadequate solutions and our bargaining team is not accepting them.


Master Table Bargaining Update for Monday, August 19th, 2019
Local 1000 Bargaining Team Builds Momentum Towards Tentative Agreement; Our Fight Continues

On Monday, August 19, Local 1000’s bargaining team returned to the table and signed over 20 “roll-over” tentative agreements (TA). The team also came to an agreement on a number of challenging issues including contract provisions related to Transfer of Leave Credits for Catastrophic Leave, the Workplace Violence and Anti-Bullying Program, and the creation of a Joint Task Force on the Future of Work and Civil Service.  

These new agreements: