SEIU 1000 Unit 1 Tentative Agreement: What You Need to Know
SEIU 1000, also known as the Service Employees International Union, is one of the largest unions in California, representing more than 96,000 public-sector workers. The union recently announced a tentative agreement with the state of California for Unit 1, which covers several job classifications, including administrative and allied services.
The tentative agreement is a huge win for SEIU 1000 members, as it includes significant wage increases and improvements to health care benefits. Here are the highlights of the agreement:
Under the proposed agreement, Unit 1 members will receive a 9% wage increase spread over three years, with a retroactive pay increase of 3% for 2020-2021. The wage increases will take effect on July 1, 2021, and continue through June 30, 2024.
Health Care Benefits:
The tentative agreement includes several improvements to health care benefits for Unit 1 members. The state will fully fund health care premiums for employees and their dependents, with no employee contribution required for most plans. The state will also provide additional funding to enhance existing health care plans and create new ones.
The agreement includes a new retirement benefit called the Supplemental Retirement Plan, which will provide additional savings opportunities for Unit 1 members. The state will also increase its contribution to the California Public Employees` Retirement System (CalPERS) by 0.5%, which will help improve retirement benefits for all state employees.
The tentative agreement includes several provisions to protect Unit 1 members` job security. The state will not contract out any work currently performed by Unit 1 members, and there will be no layoffs or furloughs during the life of the agreement.
Negotiations for the tentative agreement began earlier this year, with SEIU 1000 members engaging in numerous actions to push for their demands. The agreement must now be ratified by SEIU 1000 members, with voting set to take place in the coming weeks.
In conclusion, the SEIU 1000 Unit 1 tentative agreement is a huge win for public-sector workers in California, providing significant wage increases, improvements to health care benefits, and enhanced retirement benefits. The agreement also includes provisions to protect job security for Unit 1 members. As negotiations continue, SEIU 1000 members can look forward to even more gains in the future.