Contract Enforcement
Wins for members

Local 1000 members, stewards and staff are working together daily on matters of contract enforcement

Three Associate Environmental Planners at the Fresno office of Caltrans came to Local 1000 for help because they were working out of class. We forced the state to address the contract violation, staff gathered documentation and filed grievance. The grievance was denied at the first level, but Local 1000 kept the pressure on to address the problem, elevating the grievance until the state ultimately admitted the employees were indeed working out of class and granted the

grievance.The three were awarded a combined $10,600 in back pay.

Leave denial/sick leave win

Working with her Local 1000 Union Steward, a member at State Fund was able to reverse two leave-based issues. The first was an unreasonable denial of a leave—requested months in advance—because of a task assigned to that member on that particular date. Closer examination showed the task was a “20 minute job” that could be accomplished by a coworker. The leave was rightfully granted.

In the same month, the same supervisor requested a doctor’s note from the member for a oneday sick leave absence. Again, with the help of her Local 1000 Steward, the member prevailed.

Without union representation, state workers would have no recourse for workplace issues like sick leave and working out

of class. And, according to Local 1000 Vice President for Bargaining Margarita Maldonado, the value of representation is twofold: bargaining a strong contract and enforcing it.

“Members standing behind our bargaining team created our strong contract,” says Maldonado. “Members standing together to enforce it makes it a powerful tool.”

With contract negotiations beginning in April, we have the opportunity to make this next contract even stronger. “If we are

united and speak with one voice at the bargaining table,” says Maldonado, “we can increase the protections and benefits that improve all of our lives.”