Bargaining update for June 2, 2020
Bargaining team submits counter-proposal including suspension of OPEB contributions, temporary delay of GSI, and reduction in PLP days.


Local 1000’s bargaining team went back to the table with state negotiators on Tuesday, June 2, with a counter-proposal that would reduce current payroll costs by 10 percent.

The Local 1000 counter proposal package includes the following:

  • Reduction of PLP Days – The bargaining team also proposed to reduce the two Personal Leave Days requested by the state to one, which would account for 4.6 percent in payroll savings.
  • Suspend OPEB Contributions – Suspension of the 3.5 percent Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) contribution effective July 1, 2020, and continues that suspension through the term of our MOU.
  • Delay  – A delay of Local 1000’s 2.5 percent general salary increase, scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2021
  • Additional Compensation – Local 1000 represented workers would receive an extra 1 percent salary increase effective July 1, 2021 in additional compensation for the delay.
  • $15 Dollars an Hour – No Local 1000 represented worker shall make less than 15 dollars an hour as result of mandatory PLP. 
  • No Further Reductions – Bars the state from seeking any further employee compensation reductions from Local 1000 represented workers. 

Beyond the adjustments outlined above, the MOU would be fully implemented; this includes Special Salary Adjustments, General Salary Increases, and all other provisions outlined within the MOU.

The bargaining team also included the following long-term budget savings items in their June 2 counter-proposal:

  • Maximize Telework and Alternative Work Schedules – Requires departments to have 75 percent of their Local 1000 represented staff on telework. Would also require that departments with employees ineligible to work from home provide flexibility around schedules though alternative work weeks and/or flexible work hours.
  • Eliminate Retired Annuitants - Eliminates the use of all Retired Annuitants currently performing Local 1000 bargaining unit work starting July 1, 2020.
  • Personal Services Contract Savings – Calls for a 10 percent reduction in all Personal Services contracts.
  • HEROES Act Trigger – If the U.S. Congress passes—and the President signs—the HEROES Act, which would provide 1 trillion dollars to state and local governments to help with budget shortfalls related to the economic crisis, the state would be required to apply those savings towards the reduction in employee contributions to the state’s budget deficit.
  • Dispute Resolutions Process - Sets up an agreement that any grievance generated as a result of the counter-proposal would begin at the CalHR level, and the mini-arbitration process shall be the exclusive means to resolve any disputes coming from the enactment of this counter-proposal.

In addition to the above, the bargaining team also proposed establishing a Cost Savings Task Force. The role of the task force would be to discuss, identify, and implement cost savings solutions. Local 1000 President Yvonne R. Walker said the bargaining team was “thinking of ways to be proactive so that next year we’re not in the same place trying to find savings again. We are working hard to find solutions, and we need all the stakeholders in this process to work hard, too.”