Building Strength for our 2016 contract


In just one year, the working conditions, wages and benefits of Local 1000 employees will be governed by a new contract—our current contract expires on June 30, 2016—and preparations are already underway by our bargaining teams to build negotiating strength.

More than 200 elected members from various classifications in our nine bargaining units meet regularly to map out strategies and a timeline for negotiations, which will begin in the spring of 2016.

A comprehensive, statewide effort to listen to as many members as possible and learn their top priorities for a new contract will start early next year. Input from town halls and worksite meetings will provide valuable information to the bargaining team.

Finally, member leaders and activists will work to build worksite networks and an “army” of volunteers that will mobilize in support of our contract campaign.

“In 2013, tens of thousands of our members were ‘all in’ for a fair contract,” said Margarita Maldonado, vice president for bargaining. “This time, we need to project even more power to build a better future for our jobs and our families.”