Master Table Bargaining Update for Thursday, July 18, 2019
Local 1000 pursues a California for All with health care, housing, transportation justice and livable wage bargaining proposals
Today our Local 1000 bargaining team brought to the negotiation table proposals that addressed four of the most important issues in creating a California for All— health care, housing, transportation justice and a livable wage.
All over California, working people struggle with the costs of rising health care premiums and unaffordable housing and transportation costs. Local 1000 members are no different.
On Thursday July 18, 2019, our bargaining team introduced critical proposals that would help advance our commitment to ensuring that the State of California is a place for all of us, not just a wealthy few.
- General salary increase proposal that would provide raises of 21% for all Local 1000 represented workers spread across 3 years.
- Health and vision care proposals that would provide 100 percent coverage for Local 1000 represented workers.
- Proposal that would create greater affordability and access for our members who live in rural communities and cannot access affordable healthcare through the provision of a rural healthcare subsidy.
Our members are also being impacted by the state’s housing crisis. In 2017 Sacramento experienced the highest year over year increase in rents in the country at 11 percent. Despite efforts on the state and local level to provide money and incentives to create more affordable housing, our members report not being able to afford to live where they work. This is unsustainable.
In our pursuit to create a California for All, our bargaining team submitted additional proposals that would:
- Create a housing differential for Local 1000 represented employees that would provide help for members paying out more than 30 percent of their income in housing costs.
- Create Geographic Pay that implements the same geographic compensation model that the federal government uses throughout the country. This would give Local 1000 represented workers who live in high cost regions more money in their paycheck so they can afford the costs that go along with serving the people of California in high-cost metro areas.
In support of our health care, housing and transportation justice priorities, the bargaining team also proposed:
- All departments would create a program for Flexible Work Hours/Alternative Workweek Schedules as part of our commitment to work-life balance.
- Strengthening our provisions around ensuring the State of California has a telework program within every single department.
- Enhance the 20/20 Program our bargaining team has already won to ensure all departments have a program and real opportunities for members to participate by July 1, 2020.
- Create a Commute Program that would help defray the cost of long commutes to and from work for Local 1000 represented state workers by eliminating the current reimbursement cap.
- Resetting state Business and Travel Expenses rates consistent with the U.S. General Services Administration to ensure our members are able to stay in safe hotels and not pay out of pocket to do their job.
- Making the State Special Schools academic calendar uniform so that employees know when work is required or available.
- The incorporation of side letter agreements that would expand sick leave to cover domestic violence, stalking and medical/ mental health treatment for veterans with disabilities connected to their service.
- Mandating that departments arrange for employees to receive their paychecks as early as possible.
- Create a Joint Task Force on the Future of Work that includes input from Local 1000 consistent with Executive Order 1119.
These groundbreaking proposals will not happen without the support and leadership of Local 1000 members. The fight starts now—join us at a worksite action and RSVP for our rally on Tuesday, August 13th on the West Steps of the Capitol.
If you are coming from outside of Sacramento, transportation is available. Reach out to our Member Resource Center (MRC) at 866.471.7348 with any additional questions.
Local 1000’s bargaining team returns to the Master table on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.