Stronger Together

Bargaining with the state is set to begin on 
April 13th.  Our bargaining team is preparing for negotiations, supported by Local 1000’s Research, Field and Contract Departments, to gather input from members, organize worksite meetings and actions, set priorities, craft language and develop strategies to put pressure on the state to take the union’s demands seriously.

The team is made up of elected members from each of the nine bargaining units Local 1000 represents. Issues that affect all represented employees such as pay, benefits and retirement are negotiated at the master table while each of the individual unit teams negotiate unit-specific issues.

Our bargaining team projects the power and voice of Local 1000 members. At 26 town halls, hundreds of worksite meetings and thousands of completed surveys, we heard the priorities of members, and that knowledge shapes contract proposals we’ll take to the table on behalf of Unit 15 and all represented employees.

Unit 15: Allied Service Workers

Bargaining Unit 15’s 5-person bargaining team represents civil service custodians responsible for cleaning state buildings, laundry workers, supervising cooks and food service workers in prisons and other state institutions. Unit 15 members have been building power in their worksite since the last contract was signed; they have stood up to management on a variety of contract enforcement issues and showed the state that this hard-
working unit deserves respect.

Unit 15 has a strong advocate for their issues in their chair Maria Patterson, who says she looks forward to Unit 15 members participating in worksite actions like purpling-up and taking solidarity breaks during bargaining to put pressure on the state.

“Unit 15 is strong, and we know how to stand together to get our voices heard,” says Patterson. “United, we’ll get a great contract.”

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