Unit 4 Bargaining Update for Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Unit 4 workers seek to Highlight Upward Mobility Language to Ensure it Applies to all Workers


Unit 4 returned to the bargaining table on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in an effort to highlight upward mobility and employee recognition and morale program language. Not only did the bargaining team protect current upward mobility provisions in the current contract, they presented a proposal to secure upward mobility opportunities for employees working in the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and the Office of Tax Appeals.

For many Unit 4 members upward mobility opportunities are difficult to access and take advantage of. People working in Unit 4 classifications often come into state service at different phases in their life, but the opportunities for additional training and education are often hard to come by. These opportunities are often a pathway to career empowerment, choices and opportunities. Upward mobility programs can change lives and help workers find their purpose. They can also lead to more promotion opportunities and confidence.

Another proposal submitted by the Unit 4 bargaining team on Tuesday would require the California State Lottery to conduct a study to determine whether its California Lottery Scratcher Sales Bonus Program equitably rewards workers. While on paper the sales bonus is open to all sales representatives, in practice turf assignments are unequally distributed and representatives don’t have the same opportunities to receive bonuses.

Unit 4 Chair Karen Jefferies said “we heard our Unit 4 members around upward mobility and presented a strong case to the state that the state needs to invest in upward mobility opportunities for all of Unit 4.”

Unit 4 goes back to the bargaining table on Friday, July 26, 2019