Tentative Agreement includes salary increase for all members
A wage increase, a guarantee of no new furloughs and a range of other improvements to our rights and working conditions lead the advances secured in the tentative 3-year contract agreement reached Tuesday between the Local 1000 bargaining team and representatives of the state.
Members will receive an across-the-board wage increase totaling 4.5 percent over 3 years, which will happen in one of two ways:
- A 2 percent raise would become effective July 1, 2014, if the state achieves certain revenue targets; that increase would be followed by an additional 2.5 percent increase, effective July 1, 2015
- Seasonal clerks will receive a 50 cent hourly increase, effective July 1, 2014 (also contingent on meeting revenue targets)
- If the state does not achieve those revenue targets, the entire 4.5 percent and 50 cent increase would be effective July 1, 2015
"We have achieved each of the four top priorities identified by our members," said Yvonne R. Walker, president of Local 1000. "Protecting retirement security, preserving our 80/20 health benefit premiums, no new furloughs or PLP days and a wage increase for everyone."
Other key contract victories affecting all Local 1000-represented employees include:
- No new furlough or PLP days during the term of the contract
- Reduction in health care dependent vesting from two years to only one
- Increases in business and travel expenses
- Removal of the expiration date for PLP earned in 2010 and 2012
- Workplace violence and bullying prevention
- Added a grievance procedure to the dignity clause
Each of our nine bargaining unit teams reached agreement on a number of issues relating to their specific units.
More details about our tentative agreement will be posted online at seiu1000.org.
In order to become law, our tentative agreement must be ratified by a vote of Local 1000 members. Ratification ballots and summaries of the tentative agreement will be mailed to all Local 1000-represented employees the week of June 24. Members can also vote in-person at one of nearly 240 worksite meetings. Detailed information about the ratification process and a comprehensive listing of voting opportunities will be sent to members and posted to the Local 1000 website on June 17.