Contact Tracing


Contact Tracing Agreement

On Monday, September 28, 2020, our Contact Tracing Team won an agreement with the State regarding contact tracing assignments! This hard fought victory comes after months of discussion and negotiations after the Governor tasked State workers to be reassigned to assist local health agencies with contact tracing.

The Contact Tracing Team developed the negotiation strategy and proposals around their conversations with members, and focused on ensuring all employees selected are treated fairly, compensated appropriately, and are given the opportunity to succeed and thrive in not only their contact tracing assignments, but their State careers as well. The team held strong to their focus throughout the negotiations, and their hard work and dedication paid off, winning a great agreement.

Specifically, the agreement provides for:

  • Out-of-class pay and experience credit at the Staff Services Analyst level for all employees performing contact tracing in classifications below SSA
  • Bilingual pay with self-certification
  • Guarantee that contact tracing will not result in loss of any compensation (except PLP 2020)
  • Return rights and early return options for medical considerations or employees with children distance learning
  • Benefits for employees on contact tracing assignment, including refresher training, state equipment, performance appraisals, and ergonomic evaluations
  • Protection for employees on contact tracing assignments from getting assigned additional work from their home departments
  • Outsourcing protection

The full agreement can be found here.


Contact Tracing Update
September 16, 2020

On Wednesday, September 16, our Contact Tracing team met again with the State and passed our second proposal that highlights the team’s priorities in ensuring employees selected are treated fairly, compensated appropriately, and are given the tools and opportunity to succeed in their contact tracing assignments and careers with the State.

The second proposal includes reworked language around return rights and options for selected employees, as well as continuing to push for state equipment, ergonomic evaluations, and out-of-class compensation.


Contact Tracing Update
September 8, 2020

On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, our Contact Tracing team met again with the State and received their counter proposal. Although we still have some outstanding items, our conversations have been productive, and we are progressing towards an agreement that we can be proud of – an agreement that not only demonstrates the critical need for contact tracing to our communities but also reflects the value our members bring in stepping up to meet that challenge.


Contact Tracing Update
August 11, 2020

On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, SEIU Local 1000 met again with CalHR and CDPH regarding the contact tracing assignments. Since the first meeting in July, our contact tracing team continues to listen to the concerns and questions raised by our members and is working diligently to mitigate the impacts caused by contact tracing assignments.