As soon as CalHR and the union agree on a new treaty – a «provisional agreement» until it is ratified – the legislature will have to decide on its economic provisions and on all the legislative changes necessary for its implementation. As soon as legislative approval is available, the agreement will be submitted to the governor for signature. The union also submits the agreement to its members in the bargaining unit for ratification. The new treaty will be implemented after being ratified by the union, approved by the legislature and signed by the governor. Prior to the negotiation of a new contract, CalHR and the union representing the bargaining unit issued the first negotiating proposals called «sun sessions» at a public meeting. The Dills Act provides that such meetings provide the public with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the proposals and comment on them. A new agreement will be implemented after being ratified by the union, approved by the legislature and signed by the governor. Letters that are changes to an existing agreement may take effect earlier. CalHR does not publish any information on new employment contracts or amendments until the legislature has been formally informed. Once the legislature is informed, CalHR publishes information on its website. For more information on the negotiation process, visit the «Negotiations/Contracts» website.
The Ministry of Personnel has scheduled the following public meetings to prepare for future negotiations on new employment contracts. To view current and historical agreements, please visit our contract page. 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. The governor`s proposed 2017 budget – 2018 is good news. The budget adds $1.2 billion for an increase in employee benefits. In July 2017, excluded workers are expected to be subject to general wage increases in accordance with the 2016-023 PML Directive. This is just the beginning of the budget process. Unlike negotiations where rank and file agree on multi-year wage increases, excluded workers are excluded from bargaining, which means that they rely on the budget each year to determine wage adjustments. The approved final budget is still a long way off and much can happen by the end of the fiscal year. ACSS will continue to monitor the budget process and work towards funding to provide fair and equitable compensation packages for excluded workers.
The state`s rank and file staff is divided into 21 bargaining units. Each bargaining unit is represented by a union; in some cases, the same Union represents several entities. These «exclusive representatives» negotiate directly with the state employer, represented by the California Department of Human Resources. On January 19, ACSS met with CalHR to discuss the possibility of increasing the salaries of excluded employees in response to the recent rank and file agreements that were negotiated in December 2016. ACSS also intended to present the meeting to CalHR`s new head of laboratory relations, Kate Van Sickle (who replaced Steven Booth). ACSS helped update VanSickle on the history of ACSS`s efforts to find a solution to the wage cut and helped it familiarize it with the breadth of the themes that CSHA advocates. The meeting was productive and ACSS brought valuable items to the table, but many specific elements were left unanswered by CalHR. CalHR was not specific about the classifications that can be