Our contract expires in 30 days, and today, State negotiators did little to prove their intent to bargain over our key issues: a 30% pay raise and 100% paid health care premiums.

The Master Table bargaining team continues to press the State, and some incremental progress was made. Still, many proposals remain unanswered by the State.

“This lack of progress at the table draws into sharp focus our need to escalate our actions and to project our power,” said Irene Green, Vice President for Bargaining. “We can make our demand highly visible to all California at rallies scheduled at the State Capitol June 8 and in Los Angeles on June 22. If we want the state to Respect Us! Protect Us! and Pay Us! we must stand up and stand together.”

At the Master Table, we presented four proposals with new or stronger language:

  • 2.3 – Use of State Equipment
    Expands the list of state-owned communications tech available to stewards for representational purposes
  • 2.10 – Orientation
    Increases the time allotted to Local 1000 for new employee orientation from 20 to 30 minutes.
  • 2.X – Electronic Device Access
    Allows certain DLC leaders and stewards to bring approved cell phones into security areas of worksites, institutions, and facilities
  • 11.XXXXX – Overtime Checks
    Supports timelier issuance of overtime checks and a penalty for late payment

We reached tentative agreement with the State on four contract sections, winning stronger language governing evacuation procedures and bullying while preserving previous contract protections in workstations and personnel file management.

  • 10.6 – Emergency Evacuation Procedures
  • 10.21 – Workplace Violence and Bullying Prevention Program
  • 10.22 – Computer Work Stations
  • 13.1 – Performance and Evaluation Materials

Negotiations continue with the State on four proposals:

  • 8.10 – Release time for State Civil Exams
  • 10.12 – Employee Restroom Facilities
  • 10.33 – Temperature Controls (Excluding Unit 3 and 15)
  • 11.3 – Salary Definition

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

Our next Master Table session is scheduled for June 7. 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