Unit 1 Alert: Bargaining Update – May 15

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Today, Local 1000 returned to the negotiating table to meet with representatives from the state and continue bargaining for our new contract. The state spent the last two weeks reviewing the proposals we gave them in April – 29 Master Table proposals affecting all Local-1000 represented employees, and 50 different proposals affecting our nine individual bargaining units.
During that same time, the bargaining team took this opportunity to host six town hall and 158 worksite meetings up and down the state. They updated members and encouraged them to become active because each member is critical to successful contract fight. Before and after each town hall meeting, bargaining team members spoke one-on-one with attendees, connecting with them on a more personal level to hear their comments and answer their questions.
Today, Local 1000 members up and down the state took part in actions at JP Morgan Chase bank branches, in support of retirement security and our master table proposal that CalPERS recover investment losses stemming from illegal and unethical bank actions demanding that Wall Street banks pay back CalPERS’ investment losses stemming from illegal and unethical actions.
The Unit 1 bargaining team – representing Professional Administrative, Financial and Staff Services – was at the table today and worked further on proposals submitted to the state in April. Two expert witnesses from the Employment Development Department provided testimony in support of our proposal to change the Determination Scheduling Standard. In addition, the state presented three counters to proposals we submitted in April – those are currently under review by our bargaining team. 
We return to the negotiating table Friday, May 17
The team will spend tonight calling Contract Action Team (CAT) leaders to have them mobilize members for the “I’m All In” Rally in Sacramento on June 5.

In Solidarity,
Brenda Modkins
Unit 1 Bargaining Chair