Local 1000’s Unit 11 bargaining team met with state negotiators for the first time today, representing the interests of our members who work in Engineering and Scientific classifications.

The team shared their diverse backgrounds and deep job experience with the state’s negotiators, describing the work they do to keep California moving forward, healthy and strong. Together, they held a frank discussion about working conditions in Unit 11 and set the tone for negotiations to come.

Our Unit 11 bargaining team presented two proposals to the state:

  • Language that provides for a written report of the results of statewide Joint Labor Management Committee that clearly identifies the commitment of the JLMC to improve working conditions.
  • Improvements in the language that provides for standby duty in the Department of Fish and Wildlife to make it consistent with other bargaining units.

The Unit 11 bargaining team returns to the table next week, and will continue to address unit-specific issues that were brought forth during the bargaining town halls and from the bargaining surveys.

All this week, thousands of members—in hundreds of worksites up and down the state—purpled up and stood up to demonstrate their solidarity and support for a great contract. “We need to keep up the pressure every week as we fight for a great contract,” said Margarita Maldonado, vice president for bargaining.

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