Your Unit 1 bargaining team is reaching out to give you an update on our negotiations on behalf of the Professional, Administrative, Financial, and Staff Services we represent.

Our last Unit 1 bargaining session with the State was on June 27. A number of Unit 1 proposals are still outstanding, and another group of Unit 1-related proposals—largely economic—are being negotiated at the master table. “A number of key issues for Unit 1, such as Article 12.1 Business and Travel, are master table issues, and we are focusing on those at this time,” said Susan Rodriguez, Unit 1 chair.  We continue to make sure that we are moving Unit 1 forward.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to We will respond and answer your questions as quickly as possible as much as our bargaining schedule will allow.

Here are some things you need to know:

Where does bargaining go from here?

Watch this July 13 video message from Irene Green, Local 1000 Vice President for Bargaining.

Unit-specific bargaining, along with negotiations at the master table, are being scheduled on a day-to-day basis. When there’s activity at the table, we’ll email and post the results, often on the same day. Click here to read all the recaps of bargaining activity.

What is the status of our contract?

As you know, we have not yet reached an overall tentative agreement on a new contract with the State. Our rights are still protected under the terms of our previous contract, which expired on June 30. Please remember that the $260 health care stipend had a June 30 sunset clause, and will not be included in your August paycheck. That issue is part of our current negotiations.

You can read about your current contract rights in this mobile-friendly, searchable database.

What actions can I take to win a good contract?

As the bargaining team works to achieve meaningful progress at the table, it’s important that we keep our focus on Union solidarity and strength building. It’s true, that in order for our demands to be heard, Local 1000-represented employees need to stand together. More than ever, taking action in the workplace is an important show of strength. More actions will follow, but stand up now for a contract that Respects Us! Protects Us! and Pays Us!

 Stay informed with all the bargaining news at our Contract Action Central web page.