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
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
$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
- 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.”