ACSS praised the progress made by the Brown administration and former CalHR Director Richard Gillihan. In addition to general wage increases in 2017 and 2018, the administration has granted a general salary increase (GSI) of 3% effective October 1, 2016, as well as various specific salary adjustments for addressing the wage cut. The October 2016 GSI departed from current practice by making an IFG available to excluded staff before several trade union confederations entered into collective agreements. ACSS is committed to continuing to cooperate with CalHR and the next administration to ensure that excluded employees receive adequate and appropriate improvements in wages and performance. Although Sacramento Bee initially indicated that the employees involved would be reimbursed with interest, the bee has since corrected its story, indicating that the agreement will not involve interest. There would have been a provisional agreement between L1000 and the state this weekend. As reported by von SEIU Local 1000, the new agreement is provisional: on 7 July 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. Senate Act 808 includes funding for workers` wage increases, which were previously scheduled for July 1, 2020, and funding for increases in collective agreements.
While this is good news, it is possible that the governor could use his budgetary authority to withdraw these funds from the state budget and that these july 1, 2020 wage increases will not be allocated to excluded workers. On August 4, 2020, our Union met with representatives of the CDPH on outstanding notices. CDPH answered many of our outstanding questions and, based on our previous complaints, in the early morning hours of June 11, SEIU Local 1000 agreed on a preliminary negotiation agreement with the state, which involves a generalized increase and prevents Furloughs or PLPs for three years. ACSS will review and analyze the preliminary agreement. We plan to obtain calHR to discuss the impact of this potential agreement on excluded employees related to SEIU trading units.