Bargaining Unit 1 Prison Industry Authority workers win big pay differential arbitration


When CalHR refused to approve a pay differential meant for Bargaining Unit 1 workers supervising inmates working in prisons, Local 1000 fought back.

Our contract contains hundreds of articles that govern our wages, benefits, and working conditions; in this case, Article 11.22, Institutional Worker Supervision Pay allows for a $325 pay differential for each pay period when certain qualifying circumstances are met.

When our members didn’t get the pay they were promised, they stood their ground and pushed back. Initially, CalHR denied the differential, ignoring the contract.

After a contested hearing the arbitrator agreed with the Union and chided CalHR’s casual referral of the matter as “bargaining issue.” Our members were awarded more than a year of back pay for the lost differential.

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