The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 31, 2013
Will California state workers have new contracts soon?

Although most state employee contracts expire in the first three days of July, there's not much buzz coming out of the Capitol about ongoing negotiations.

SEIU Local 1000 (which has a standing policy to not respond to calls, emails and texts from The State Worker) has put updates on its website. The latest from the state's biggest union is that talks have produced extensions for provisions in the current contract and that the bargaining team "signed a tentative agreement to create a medical reimbursement account work group that will look at ways to reduce out-of-pocket medical costs for state employees" working outside California.

Then there's this report by California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment that recounts a May 10 meeting with the administration:

CASE also expressed a sense of optimism, because for the first time in nearly a decade the State is enjoying a budget surplus instead of a multi-billion dollar deficit. Members of the Bargaining Team made it clear to CalHR that the era of cuts and takeaways is over, and that it is time to start rebuilding the State's legal infrastructure. CalHR acknowledged there was a budget surplus, but stated that its desire is to negotiate "revenue neutral" contracts for all bargaining units.

Labor leaders of several unions speaking on background say they've heard the same "revenue neutral" message from the Brown administration.

What impact will this have on the speed of negotiations?


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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at jortiz@sacbee.com.

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