Our master table bargaining team met again with the State today to resolve outstanding contract issues, making some progress with tentative agreements. In addition, both sides spent time discussing concepts and conditions that go into the proposals we’re negotiating over, including our key economic issues, which are still in progress.

We meet again with the State tomorrow (Friday). For the past week, our 9 bargaining unit tables have been meeting on an “as-needed” basis. Some worked over the weekend, and many others did not meet on their “regular days” as they have the past two months.

In any case, when we negotiate at the master or unit tables, we have been and will continue to issue a bargaining recap, often on the same day. Those recaps are emailed and posted to the Contract Action Central web page.

Our contract has 14 “articles” comprised of hundreds of sections. Each of those is considered and must be agreed upon before we’re done—whether it’s new language, rollover, or in the rare case, deletion. Today at the master table, we reached four TAs – including two deletions of agreements where the agreed-upon work was completed.

Today’s tentative agreements were:

  • 5.13- Joint Task Force on the Future of Work and Civil Service (delete because complete)
  • 5.18- Budget Solutions Task Force (delete because complete)
  • 9.10 – Employee Injury on the Job (rollover)
  • 9.11 – Enhanced Industrial Disability Leave (EIDL) (rollover)

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

We can win a contract when we take action. Today, more than 500 Local 1000 members, supported by our sisters and brothers at SEIU Local 99, marched together in silent protest for a contract that Respects Us, Protects Us, and Pays Us! Keep purpling up in your workplace, and stay tuned for more actions to make our demands more visible.

Our bargaining efforts are happening daily. When we have news at the table, you’ll read it here first. To read about what happened in all our bargaining sessions to date, please visit the Contract Action Center page at seiu1000.org