Important message from our President, Yvonne R. Walker

Notification

Thank you for your support of bargaining and your commitment to improving rights and reducing economic inequality, in these difficult times, where workers are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet and support their families. We admire your courage as you stand up for each other to ensure that each of our members is treated with dignity and respect. This is an important time to remember that the Union’s contract is still in effect through January 1, 2020, and we have reached a tentative agreement for the next contract effective on January 2, 2020. 

While tensions and emotions can run high during and after bargaining, we must still follow the provisions in the current contract that prohibits concerted activity during the life of the contract. This includes any concerted activity such as a work stoppage, slow-down, sick-out, or walk-out. All officers, stewards, chief stewards, and staff have an obligation and responsibility for maintaining compliance with this section. For members – regardless of your position – this includes the responsibility to remain at work during any activity which may be caused or initiated by others, and to encourage employees violating this section to return to work. For staff – this includes the responsibility to maintain compliance, to encourage members to do so, and at all times to encourage employees violating this section to return to work. Here is the contract provision:

5.1 No Strike
During the term of this Contract, neither the Union nor its agents nor any employee, for any reason, will authorize, institute, aid, condone, or engage in a work slowdown, work stoppage, strike, or any other interference with the work and statutory functions or obligations of the State.

The Union agrees to notify all of its officers, stewards, chief stewards, and staff of their obligation and responsibility for maintaining compliance with this section, including the responsibility to remain at work during any activity which may be caused or initiated by others, and to encourage employees violating this section to return to work.

Only the Board of Directors can authorize concerted activity which then must be ratified by affected members. No such authorization has occurred.

Remember that we are all stronger together, and together we are building a California for All where our members earn livable wages; have access to quality, affordable healthcare; are recognized for our skills and abilities; and are valued in workplaces that respect us and our families.

In solidarity,

Yvonne R. Walker
President, SEIU Local 1000