BU 15 – Update on Food Service Task Force
Food Service Task Force focuses on key issues


Update as of March, 17, 2020

On March 11, 2020, the Unit 15 Food Service Workers team launched their Task Force meetings with the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

The team was led by Maria Patterson, Chair of Bargaining Unit 15 and Garth Underwood, Vice-Chair of Bargaining Unit 15, as well as Kevin Quaife, Correctional Supervising Cook (CSC) from California Correctional Center and Susanna Redfearn, CSC from Avenal State Prison.  

The team and the state worked to establish a positive and collaborative environment and to layout the framework for future productive meetings.   The team outlined the issues that are impacting our members and started working with the state to find solutions. Those issues included:

  • Health and safety issues such as ensuring that all institutions have functioning alarms with regular testing
  • Fairness in shift swaps to ensure all CSCs are provided the same opportunity to swap
  • Vacancies, hiring and retention issues to address workload concerns
  • Salary range questions which clarified that Range U is only for supervisors – not rank and file CSCs

If you would like to stay in touch, receive updates or have concerns at your worksite, please contact the SEIU Local 1000 Member Resource Center at 866.471.7348 (SEIU).