03/24/17 Wages and Healthcare Bargaining Update

Just in case some of you don’t subscribe to the SEIU 503 alert emails, here is a the latest of what was proposed at bargaining this week.  Management’s proposal is contingent on the legislature passing Governor Brown’s recommended allocation for state employee compensation. With a $1.6 billion shortfall, we can’t sit back and expect a better budget to materialize. As I mentioned in a previous email if you never paid attention to legislation, this is the year you need to.  Now is the time to Contact your legislator or sign-up to participate in a Lobby Day, in order to ensure a good contract and quality services.

Union and Management opening proposals:

Union Proposal

Management’s Proposal to Us

Cost-of-living raises

July 1, 2017 — 2.5 to 4% based on consumer price index (CPI)

July 1, 2018 — 2.5 to 4% based on consumer price index (CPI)

No cost living increase in either year of contract
Steps Steps in each year of the contract Steps in each year of the contract
Health Insurance Maintain current plan:
1% premium share for lower cost plans
5% premium share for costlier plans Establish 7% premium share for costlier plans
Longevity Reward employees who are “topped out” None
Salary Floor Minimum monthly salary of $2600/mo None
  • The state’s proposal also reinforces why our bargaining team pushed to protect steps for four years and buy out the PERS pick-up in our 2015 bargaining: for all other state workers not under SEIU503 contract, management is now proposing a one-year step freeze with a small cost-of-living adjustment, and a buy-out of the PERS pick-up at only 6% (as opposed to the 6.95% we won in 2015).

The next bargaining sessions is April 25th and 26th.

Member Tip-How Bargaining Works

Contract bargaining is a process of give and take. Throughout negotiations, each party meets between sessions and holds caucuses—that is, meetings of its members only—during the middle of bargaining sessions. This time is used by each side to sort through which of its proposals it needs to keep pushing for, and which of the other side’s it may be willing to agree to. Issue by issue, the parties explore areas of compromise to see where agreement can be reached.

—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer.


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