Our bargaining team met again with State negotiators today and continued their efforts to bring home a good contract. Today, with just one tentative agreement reached, our progress is slow. Our team is frustrated by unreasonable delays: we’re awaiting a response from the State on 36 different proposals.

“We are more than confused by the State’s behavior, by their refusal to respond in a reasonable time frame to our proposals,” said Irene Green, Vice President for Bargaining. “Some of our proposals were made more than a month ago, and our team—and the members of Local 1000—are waiting.”

Without responses, we can’t bargain on those issues, can’t reach an agreement, can’t move closer towards reaching an overall tentative agreement and a contract that respects us, protects us, and pays us. Master table bargaining resumes again tomorrow.

Only one tentative agreement was reached today; it’s a rollover of 11.16 Geographic Pay Differential. We won GeoPay three years ago in our last contract campaign, and it continues an important differential for our represented employees in Orange, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo. You can read more about this and all of our current contract sections in our online, mobile-friendly search tool.

We’re scheduled to return to the master table again on Thursday, August 10, and Friday, August 11. Unit-specific bargaining sessions 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.

As Local 1000 works to bargain a successful contract, we’ve escalated our actions to make our demand to be respected, protected, and paid more visible – and more impactful.

On Wednesday, August 16, Local 1000 members are taking emergency action to demand living wages.

It’s unacceptable that state employee wages are so low that we can’t afford to live in California.

We provide the essential services that keep our state running. We are not backing down until we win the livable wages our families need.

Time is running out. The State of California must act now to pay its essential state workers for the important work we do. Join union members and community allies to demand livable wages NOW.

When:     Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Time:      12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. 
Where:   Capitol Annex Swing Space, 1021 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814


Can’t join us in Sacramento? Check here for other pickets and actions organized by members across California.