December 8, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Sacramento, CA – California’s largest state-employee union announced Dec. 3 that it had reached a tentative deal for a new contract, canceling a one-day strike that had been scheduled for Dec. 5.
Neither SEIU Local 1000 nor the state’s Human Resources Department would reveal details, but Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker called it “a contract we can all be proud of.” “This is a victory we achieved by thousands of members standing together across the state, taking action in our worksites, and having an unrelenting willingness to strike if it became necessary,” she wrote in a message to members. The 95,000 workers the union represents, who include nurses, custodians, office workers, and information technology specialists, account for nine of the state’s 21 labor contracts. All nine expired last summer. Read more