Unit 15: Allied Service Workers

Overview

Unit 15
Allied Service Workers

Unit 15 includes civil service custodians who clean various state buildings, laundry workers, supervising cooks, and food services workers in the prisons and other state institutions.

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FTB Notice of Update to Remote Work Plan
Phase 2 Meet and Confer

On Thursday, September 9, 2021, our Union met with the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to meet and confer on FTB’s notice of Phase 2 of the Updated Remote Work Plan. Phase 2 is presently set to begin November 1, 2021, and will bring employees who are currently teleworking one hundred percent (100%) of the time into the office an equivalent of twenty percent (20%) of their time or equivalent to one day a week.

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Department of State Hospitals (DSH)
Meet & Confer update

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, SEIU Local 1000 met with the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) to meet and discuss over the status and future of Health and Safety Committees at all five facilities, per Section 10.2 of the MOU. At this meeting, member leaders represented all the DSH facilities, except for Atascadero. Positive steps were taken and will continue in order to ensure success for Health and Safety Committees at each facility to appropriately address concerns collaboratively with management and all staff unions.

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Update: State Fund JLMC

On March 29, 2021, our Union met with the State Compensation Insurance Fund (State Fund) management team. The JLMC resumed meeting to discuss the recent member-only work-life balance survey many of you participated in.

The survey results were generally positive, but members did respond with concerns about feeling overwhelmed at times and the challenges of maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Some of the major details from the JLMC discussion include:

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Department of State Hospitals (DSH)
Meet & Confer update

On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, SEIU Local 1000 met with the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) to meet and confer over DSH’s application for a permanent exemption to the California Standards for Workplace Violence Prevention in Healthcare, which mandates guidelines for reporting to the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) regarding workplace violence incidences.

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Caltrans District 4 Layoffs
Update as of April 20, 2021

Last week, we met with Caltrans and CalHR for the first time regarding the Caltrans District 4 Toll Collectors and Custodians Layoffs. We confirmed that all permanent employees impacted were given SROA status and that CalHR will be working with Caltrans to set up individual options meetings very soon.

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CDCR CCHCS Entrance Screening Process
Update

On February 4, 2021, our Union met with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) to meet and confer over the implementation of the institutional entrance screening policy at each institution throughout the state.

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Update on SCIF Performance Appraisal

On August 12, 2020, our Union met with the State Compensation Insurance Fund (State Fund) to continue discussing the planned update of the Performance Appraisal process within the department. State Fund plans to remove the three tier rating system of inconsistent, successful, and exceptional from annual performance appraisals and instead rely on a process where management regularly communicates performance expectations and concerns to employees throughout the year.

Some of the major details from the negotiations include:

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Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Temperature Screening

On September 15, 2020, our Union met with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to discuss the Field Office Temperature Screening Expansion implementation within DMV field offices throughout the state.

As part of the effort by the DMV to actively manage the spread and containment of COVID-19 in accordance with CDC and CDPH guidance, the Field Operations Division (FOD) will implement employee and customer focused screening protocols which will include a health questionnaire and temperature screening.

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Statewide CDCR CCHCS Health & Safety Grievance
SEIU Local 1000 filed a health and safety grievance on behalf of all members in CDCR/CCHCS due to the department’s violation of our contract.

On July 28, 2020 SEIU Local 1000 filed a health and safety grievance on behalf of all members in CDCR/CCHCS due to the department’s violation of our contract.

CDCR CCHCS violated our contract by requiring employees to work where an immediate and recognizable threat exists to their health and safety. The department also continues to expose our members to an unsafe work environment, resulting in COVID-19 outbreaks, by continuing to allow inmate movement and not fully enforcing all health and safety guidelines.

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Bilingual Differential Increase Implementation

For the first time in 42 years, we were able to increase the Bilingual Pay Differential to $200/month. This comes after 20 years of fighting for an increase including a joint task force and hundreds of members telling their story. We have been fighting for the implementation of

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Bargaining Unit 15 – DGS Custodians
FAQs

SEIU Local 1000 Bargaining Unit 15 has been in communication with the Department of General Services (DGS) to understand the department’s policies in response to the Corvid-19 crisis and its impact on our Custodian workforce.  Please check out the information below for the most recent information from DGS. 

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BU 15 – Update on Food Service Task Force
Food Service Task Force focuses on key issues

Update as of March, 17, 2020

On March 11, 2020, the Unit 15 Food Service Workers team launched their Task Force meetings with the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

The team was led by Maria Patterson, Chair of Bargaining Unit 15 and Garth Underwood, Vice-Chair of Bargaining Unit 15, as well as Kevin Quaife, Correctional Supervising Cook (CSC) from California Correctional Center and Susanna Redfearn, CSC from Avenal State Prison.