Contract Ratification Center
After four months of bargaining, we reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with the State on a contract that impacts our represented employees in a number of ways: We negotiated a retroactive pay raise for all employees, won retroactive special salary adjustments (SSAs) for almost 40% of our job classifications, maintained the health care stipend with no expiration date, reduced the pre-retirement (OPEB) funding, secured a health facility retention payment, and added, changed, or preserved a number of skill-based differentials, allowances, and other reimbursements that factor into our state income. Our general salary increase, our wage equity increase, and our unit-based SSAs are all retroactive to July 1, 2023.
This Tentative Agreement must be ratified by a vote of the membership. It, like our contracts before it, contains hundreds of sections that govern our wages, benefits, and working conditions. Before, and during negotiations, our bargaining team reviews each document, making changes or additions based on input from members gathered at town halls and bargaining surveys.
After nearly 100 bargaining sessions, we reached the agreement you see below. These are the sections that show new language, revised and strengthened language, as well as “rollover” agreements that preserve our hard-won rights from previous contract campaigns.
If you’d like to read individual summaries of our bargaining activity, click here.
Download the 2023 Contract Ratification Summary here.
It’s official — we now have a full-executed contract with the State after Governor Newsom signed the bill (SB148) that funds our compensation and benefits for the next three years.
Our bargaining cycle, which began early this year and included town halls, bargaining surveys, and more than four months of intense negotiations, has now come full circle.
SEIU Local 1000 members have voted overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying the Tentative Agreement (TA) with the State of California.
The breakdown by bargaining unit of members that voted ‘Yes’ in person, by mail, or electronically is as follows:
Unit 1 - 76%
Unit 3 - 88%
Unit 4 - 85%
Unit 11 - 85%
Unit 14 - 97%
Unit 15 - 96%
Unit 17 - 66%
Unit 20 - 81% *There was a typographical error in the initial announcement of this result, which has now been corrected. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
Unit 21 - 86%
Highlights of the new contract include:
- 10% General Salary Increase — 3% retroactive to July 2023, 3% on July 1, 2024, and 4% on July 1, 2025 — through the term of the contract*
- $165 Direct Monthly Premium Health Care Stipend with no expiration date
- Nearly 170 Special Salary Adjustments and 150+ Wage Equity Adjustments that together impact over 40,000 Local 1000 workers
- 0.5% reduction in OPEB, our worker retiree health care plan
- Health Care Facility Retention Payments on three levels to eligible employees who worked onsite or provided in-person services more than 50% of the time during the pandemic
The California Legislature must now vote on the agreement’s economic provisions and any legal changes prior to implementation. Once the bill receives legislative approval, the agreement goes to the Governor for his signature.
Check back here for updates on the Tentative Agreement. You can read a summary of the TA here.
*On July 1, 2025, all Local 1000 employees will receive a 4% GSI as long as the Department of Finance determines they can fund the entire amount. Otherwise, it may be adjusted downward by 1%.
SEIU Local 1000 Voter Ratification on Saturday, September 9th
Members invited to SEIU Local 1000 Voter Ratification Count on September 9th
SEIU Local 1000 will begin counting contract ratification ballots at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, in our one-story building at 1325 S Street in Sacramento. Members are welcome to observe the count once their membership is verified and can arrive as early as 9:30 a.m.
All attendees are encouraged to use the side door at 1325 S Street alongside Rice Alley to enter. Signs with contact information regarding readmittance will be posted at all entrances. There will be a designated seating area for observers with room for approximately 20 people provided. Children and/or family members are discouraged from attending due to limited space. We anticipate the process will take at least 2-3 hours.
Parking will be limited in our designated lot due to the fact that another event in and around the R Street corridor coincides with the vote count. Please be aware that this will include street closures between 11th and 14th streets leading into R street. Observers are encouraged to park on S Street or find other public parking areas nearby.
The SEIU Local 1000 Statewide Bargaining Advisory Council (SBAC), comprised of more than 150 member-elected bargaining representatives from around the state, has voted to approve sending this Tentative Agreement out to the membership for ratification.
Ratification voting began Monday, August 28, and runs through Friday, September 8. The deadline for ballots to be received is Friday, September 8, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
All Local 1000 represented workers are entitled to one hour of state release time to attend a ratification meeting and vote. This one hour is in addition to your lunch hour and/or breaks. Your department has been notified of this by CalHR.
However, only Local 1000 members can vote to ratify the contract. If you are not a member but wish to place your vote, your ballot materials provide you with a membership application, which when filled out and signed will allow you to cast your ballot.
There are three ways to place your ratification vote:
1. In-Person Voting
Ratification Voting Has Ended.
We will hold a series of meetings at worksites across the state. At those meetings, you’ll hear from members of the bargaining team, Local 1000 staff, and other members like you. You’ll also receive a digital or printed ratification summary with the highlights of what we won at the bargaining table, and you’ll be able to mark your official ballot and drop it in the ballot box.
Click here to find a list of worksites and a schedule of where and when you can cast your vote.
2. Vote By Mail
Ratification Voting Has Ended.
Members may request a ballot by calling the Member Resource Center at 866.471.SEIU (7348). A ballot, digital or printed ratification summary, and a pre-paid return envelope will be sent to you.
If you choose to vote by mail, time is of the essence. The deadline for ballots to be received is Friday, September 8, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.
To ensure we receive your ballot in time, we encourage you to mail it back to us no later than Tuesday, September 5th. If you are concerned about your ballot not being received in a timely manner, we suggest mailing it via overnight mail (at your cost) or dropping it off at a ratification meeting near you.
Read below a copy of the vote-by-mail instructions you’ll receive in your ratification packet.
- Your Ballot
- The #10 ballot cover envelope
- A postage-paid return envelope (6 x 9)
- The Contract Ratification Summary Booklet
- “I Voted” Sticker
- And if you’re not a Full Dues Paying Member of SEIU Local 1000, a membership application to include in your return envelope.
- Here’s how to vote:
- Mark your ballot either “Yes” to ratify the Tentative Agreement
- or “No” to reject the Tentative Agreement
- Place your marked ballot inside the #10 envelope and seal it
- Complete all requested information on the outside of the #10 ballot cover envelope. All information is required for it to be processed.
- Place the completed ballot/#10 envelope in the 6 x9 envelope
- Include the complete membership application if you are not already Full Due Paying Member
- Mail it. No stamp is required.
3. Electronic Voting
Ratification Voting Has Ended.
Electronic voting has ended. If you attended a Zoom Ratification meeting, you have until September 8th at 5:00 p.m. to vote using your unique voting link. If you attended a Zoom Ratification meeting but did not receive your link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This year we will also be holding ratification meetings electronically to allow members to vote! At these meetings, you’ll hear from members of the bargaining team, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our Tentative Agreement. After you have participated in the electronic ratification meeting, you will be emailed a unique link to cast your vote.
Click here to find the list of meetings and to register. Then click on the registration form dropdown menu to see a list of all meeting dates and times. Please remember to provide accurate information when completing each field.
And If you have a question regarding electronic voting, please email RatificationVote@seiu1000.org
Our new contract includes:
- a 10% wage increase over three years
- wage equity adjustments for over 150 of our lowest-earning classifications
- an additional 5% or more special salary adjustments for almost 170 more classifications
- a direct monthly premium health care stipend of $165
- an OPEB reduction of 0.5% to your retiree health care plan
…all of which promise to put more money in your pocket.
Click here for the online Paycheck Calculator.