Unit 15 Bargaining Update for Friday, August 9th, 2019
Unit 15 Gains Rights that Improve Personal Safety and Protect Personal Time.


Friday’s Unit 15 bargaining session saw advances in our contract language that benefit the welfare of our members on the job and in their personal lives via safety, and the time off we all use to keep a work/life balance.

 “We’re delivering tentative agreements that respond to issues our Unit 15 members raised at town halls and in bargaining surveys,” said Lisa Bocast, a member of the Unit 15 bargaining team.

Unit 15 signed a total of four tentative agreements (TAs) Friday:

  • We expanded our members’ rights to a safe working environment with stronger language mandating that personal alarms be tested daily.
  • Our team achieved two big wins in mandatory overtime language. We signed an agreement that excludes approved time off as well as regular days off from interruption by a mandatory overtime assignment. In that same agreement, we also expanded that protection to include all Unit 15 employees not working at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).
  • The team reached TAs with the state negotiators to “roll over” two existing contract articles, including one that ensures a suitable building temperature and climate for our members who work the night shift.

Our Unit 15 bargaining team is awaiting response from the state on several more outstanding proposals. In the meantime, the team is preparing to join with their fellow members in a show of collective power at the Capitol Contract Rally on August 13. To reserve your spot, call 866.471.7348 (SEIU).