The government has made it clear that it intends to exclude workers in their bargaining units in order to achieve wage savings. Other bargaining units are expected to enter into two-day PLP agreements, partially offset by the suspension of workers` contributions in advance of retirees` health care. On July 7, 2016, the bargaining unit denied 12 maintenance (base) workers a wage increase agreement and authorized a strike. While the agreement proposes a 10% increase in salaries by 2019, it also requires staff to reimburse nearly half of the increase for retirees` health care. At this stage, the impact on excluded employees (managers and superiors) is unknown. For now, BU12 and the employer are returning to the bargaining table to discuss the contribution of public servants to the health care provided to retirees. The votes are in and according to SEIU Local 1000 about 90 percent of the people voted for the new contract. The 42-month contract promises members a bonus of $US 2500 and a cumulative increase of 11.5%. The next step is to ratify the legislature before the 96,000 civil servants represented by SEIU Local 1000 receive their bonus cheques. With a legal rule that bills must be printed for 72 hours, on June 10, 2020, the legislature released the latest version of the state budget in Senate Bill 808. The legislature is expected to adopt this version of the state budget by vote on June 15. What this means for workers` excluded pay is far from clear and additional legislative measures affecting civil servants` pay outside the main law of the state budget remain likley. In this context, much will depend on collective bargaining and agreements to reduce remuneration and measures taken by the Governor with regard to possible general salary increases and exceptional compensation adjustments from 1 July 2020.
The interim agreement or subsidiary letter amending the local employment contract of 1000 contains for senior officials: the administration has clearly indicated that it intends to exclude staff excluded from the corresponding tariff units in order to achieve wage savings. Other bargaining units are expected to enter into two-day DEP agreements, partially offset by the suspension of workers` contributions to pre-financing retiree health care. With the provisional agreement of the SEIU Local 1000 Side Letter, we have approached CalHR to reiterate these demands and ensure that there is a fair package for excluded workers who are not directly linked to a bargaining unit. If a core unit disagrees and instead allows wage cuts, ACSS ensures that the cuts are fair to the excluded workers. There was reportedly a preliminary agreement between L1000 and the state this weekend. As SEIU Local 1000 reports, the new agreement contains a provisional agreement: the Local 1000 agreement contains a roadmap for other bargaining units and sets expectations for adjustments that can be excluded from workers` compensation – a two-day “staff loss program” is partially offset by the suspension of workers` contribution to pre-financing retirees` health care. This framework is in line with the approach advocated by the ACSS, which takes into account the wage reductions of excluded workers necessary by the recent budget deficits related to COVID-19, which are addressed in the revised state budget. With the ACSS Bill subject to approval of the agreements, THE ACSS will continue its aggressive advocacy to protect the interests of workers excluded from employment. .