Master Table Bargaining Update for Monday, August 19th, 2019
Local 1000 Bargaining Team Builds Momentum Towards Tentative Agreement; Our Fight Continues
On Monday, August 19, Local 1000’s bargaining team returned to the table and signed over 20 “roll-over” tentative agreements (TA). The team also came to an agreement on a number of challenging issues including contract provisions related to Transfer of Leave Credits for Catastrophic Leave, the Workplace Violence and Anti-Bullying Program, and the creation of a Joint Task Force on the Future of Work and Civil Service.
These new agreements:
- Increase the number of leave credits co-workers can transfer to an employee on Catastrophic Leave.
- Require the state to update the model Workplace Violence and Anti-Bullying Program and for the first time connect abusive conduct with bullying.
- Create a Joint Task Force on the Future of Work. In addition, they will serve as an opportunity for Local 1000 member-leaders and the state to discuss how technology and industry innovations will impact work in California and how to prepare workers for these changes.
The bargaining team also fought hard to defend a proposed increase in the state’s Bilingual Differential after negotiators rejected Local 1000’s original proposal for an increase on Monday.
In a state that is increasingly linguistically diverse, the need for bilingual workers is more critical than ever before. Making sure that all of our communities have access to state services is an important part of making this state a California for All.
The bargaining team pointed out that the bilingual differential has not been increased in 42 years and that state representatives and Local 1000 member-leaders partnered together on a joint committee to study this issue and determine next steps to bring California’s bilingual efforts up-to-date. Their rejection of Local 1000’s bilingual proposal calls into question the commitment of the state to follow up task force discussions with actual implementation.
State negotiators began to deal with key economic proposals, spurring our bargaining team forward in our fight to secure livable wages that respect our work and the value we bring to the state.
“Your calls are working — the State is receiving the message,” said Yvonne Walker, president of local 1000. “They are moving forward and responding to important proposals. We need everyone to keep up the pressure so that our bargaining teams can push back on rejections and fight hard on the issues and values that will help build a better future for our members.”
Local 1000’s Bargaining Team will return to the table on Tuesday, August 20.