Pay raises in effect
2016 was a historic year for our members, our union and all Californians. We came together to fight for a contract we can all be proud of and nearly went on strike for the first time in 44 years.
As a result, we won the largest labor contract ever negotiated with the state, and we did it by standing together in our union. You can view our contract here.
Starting August 1, we’re receiving our first paycheck reflecting our 4% general salary increase—one of the many outcomes that we won in contract negotiations.
A year from now, in July 2018, our second 4% pay raise will take effect. In July 2019, we’ll see an additional 3.5% pay increase, for a total of 11.5%.
“Members made their priorities a reality through dedication, solidarity and making the choice to take action,” said Yvonne R. Walker, Local 1000 President. “It’s a direct result of members stepping into their leadership and making it happen.”
By contrast, state workers in Wisconsin are experiencing the consequences of anti-union legislation. State workers in Wisconsin have lost negotiation rights, seen severe cuts to their benefits and have received a mere 2% salary increase over the last 7 years.
Over the next year, we will face an important choice in our union. We can choose to stand together, ensure everyone is a member and continue to fight to improve the lives of all Californians. Or we can experience what workers in Wisconsin and states throughout our country are going through.
“I choose to be a member of a union that has the power to fight for raises and working conditions,” said Nicholas Mannion, a Unit 20 LVN working at Salinas Valley State Prison. “This is more than a raise for me and my colleagues. It represents long-overdue respect for the work we do, and it makes a huge difference for my family.”
In addition to the 11.5% pay increase, earlier this year eligible employees received a $2,500 bonus, and more than 50 job classifications also received special salary adjustments.
“Now our choice is to stand with our union to protect these wins,” said Mindi Matsumoto, a Unit 4 DMV Motor Vehicle Representative. “We can’t rely on others to protect all that we fought for. We have to make the choice to stay united in our union.”