December 4, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Sacramento, CA – California state agencies have warned workers that they could be punished for unauthorized absences if they participate in a one-day strike SEIU Local 1000 has planned for Dec. 5.
The state Department of Transportation sent a memo to workers Nov. 29 stating that “job actions such as work stoppages, strikes, and sickouts are expressly prohibited” under their contract and that workers who participated “in an illegal job action” might be disciplined. Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has demanded that the 95,000 workers represented by Local 1000, the largest state-employee union, pay more for health care. The union charges that the administration “has committed an unfair labor practice by bargaining in bad faith” since talks began in April. It told members Nov. 22 that a strike on that issue would be legal, despite the no-strike clause in its contracts. Read more