ACSS lawyers and legal team continue to advocate for the interests of excluded workers. Since « budget bill bills » and bills authorizing agreements by high-level organizations will be subject to legislative approval and funding, ACSS will continue its aggressive representation of the interests of excluded individuals. While we await greater clarity on the adoption of the final state budget and the potential impact of collective bargaining, ACSS will continue to work with CalHR on wages and details of possible temporary reductions on workers` excluded earnings. There would have been a provisional agreement between L1000 and the state this weekend. As reported by von SEIU Local 1000, the new agreement contains a preliminary agreement: The Local Agreement 1000 provides a roadmap for other bargaining units and sets out expectations for adjustments likely excluded from workers` compensation – a two-day « staff loss Program » is partially offset by the suspension of workers` contribution to pre-financing of retiree health care. This framework is consistent with the approach advocated by the ACSS, taking into account the reductions in the pay of excluded workers, which are required by the latest budget deficits related to COVID-19, which are addressed in the revised government budget. While the plan to reduce workers` pay is likely influenced by the negotiations of the rank and file bargaining units, ACSS has already begun discussions with CalHR on the details of excluded employees. THE ACSS will also ensure that the legislative power of the legislative authority to CalHR is provided in a way that best protects the interests of excluded workers, by responding to the resulting compensation reductions. We will keep you informed as these important budget decisions and proposed reductions progress. On July 7, 2016, the tariff unit 12 Maintenance Workers (Rank-and-File) rejected a wage increase agreement and authorized a strike.

While the agreement proposes a 10% increase in wages by 2019, it also requires workers to repay nearly half of the increase in health benefits for retirees. At present, 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 government staff to retiree health care. Last month, ACSS followed negotiations between California`s largest union of public servants (SEIU Local 1000) and the State of California for a new contract. We also followed reports on the possibility of a strike and how the State of California attempted to stop the potentially disruptive strike by seeking an injunction against 1,000 SEIU Local employees. The Brown administration argues that the possible strike because of the non-strike clause would be illegal. On Friday, December 2, 2016, SEIU Local 1000 announced the cancellation of the strike scheduled for December 5. The administration has made it clear that it intends to link excluded workers to their related collective agreement 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` contribution to pre-financing of retirees` health care.