At today’s Master Table bargaining, we received the first substantive counter proposals from the State. There were only three, but it breaks the logjam of nearly 60 proposals we’ve made that we are awaiting response on.

Today, our bargaining team proposed new or stronger language in five different contract sections; we are working to advance our pay and reimbursements, expand access to breaks and leaves, and to more deeply understand the teleworkers we represent.

  • 11.XX ASL Proficiency Incentive for State Special Schools
       Provides a stepped differential for ASL certifications as well as bilingual pay 
     
  • 12.8 Overtime Meal Benefits and Allowances – CDCR (Excludes Units 17 and 21)
        Increases dollar amount, access to, and reimbursement of overtime meals
     
  • 18.1 Permanent Intermittents PI
        Reduces the minimum qualifying hours for certain personal leaves from 960 to 160 hours
     
  • 19.3 Rest Periods (Excludes Units 14, 15, 17 and 21)
        Ensures greater access to rest periods and their use
     
  • 21.X Telework Data
         Compels the state to provide Local 1000 with a summary of all active telework agreements

Our Master Table bargaining team also proposed to “rollover” these sections, which confirm and continue a range of previously-won contract protections.

  • 24.3                   Continuous Appropriations
  • Side Letter #1    Golden Handshake
  • Side Letter #2    Domestic Partner
  • Side Letter #3    Retired Annuitants
  • Side Letter #4    Access Agreement
  • Side Letter #5    Student Assistants
  • Side Letter #7    Gender Neutral Pronouns
  • Side Letter #12  Public Employee Communication
  • Side Letter #17  Employee Work Locations

And, today, we reached tentative agreement with the State on these sections, including four “same day” proposals*.

  • 8.34 – Organ Donation
  • 14.4 – Duty Statements, Post Orders, and Work Instructions (Excludes Units 17 and 21)
  • 13.5 – Individual Development Plan
  • 13.2 – Personal Performance Session (Excludes Unit 17)
  • 10.28 – Pest Control
  • *Side Letter 17 – Employee Work Locations
  • *Side Letter 7 – Gender Neutral Pronouns
  • *Side Letter 5 – Student Assistants
  • *Side Letter 3 – Retired Annuitants

You can read the details of these and all current contract articles at contract.seiu1000.org

Special notice: Join Vice President for Bargaining Irene Green and others tomorrow evening, May 25 at 6:00 p.m., to discuss the current state of bargaining at Local 1000.

What is our assessment of the temperature of the State bargaining team? Where do we go from here? How can you help secure a contract that Respects Us, Protects Us, and Pays Us? Join us to get your questions answered.

Our next Master Table session is scheduled for May 31. To read about what happened in all our bargaining sessions to date, please visit the Contract Action Center page at seiu1000.org

There’s real truth to the Local 1000 slogan, Stronger Together. We only win a great contract with a strong Local 1000 membership. So, if you’re not already a member, we encourage you to join us today.

And be sure to save your spot for the upcoming June 8 March to the Governor’s mansion here.