- December 18, 2015
The State and the Unit 12 Bargaining Team met on December 2, 3 and 4th. The parties reached an agreement to roll over a number of existing provisions. The remaining issues have been narrowed down significantly. The parties remain at odds on two significant economic issues; salary and retiree health insurance. The State if offering a 7% raise over three years, broken down as a 3% raise effective July 1, 2016 and a 4% raise effective July 1, 2017. Unfortunately, this raise would be nearly wiped out by the State's demand that Unit 12 employees pay and additional 4.1 percent of their salary towards retiree health. With anticipated health care increases every year, this could put us in the negative by the end of the proposed agreement.
We have been in bargaining with the State for over eight months. The Union team has made economic proposals that are fair and justified. The State's last economic offer would do nothing to elevate our pay. Still, we must weigh this against the impact of health care increases while we are under our old contract. We are at an important crossroad in bargaining and would like to have our members weigh in on the last economic offer from the State. Thus, in the next few weeks, we will conduct an informal vote on the State's last offer. Please look out in the mail for a summary of the State's last economic offer and a ballot. We ask that you send it back promptly and the results of this vote will help us determine our direction in bargaining.
- November 11, 2015
The Unit 12 bargaining team met with the State during the first week of October and the first week of November 2015. As of this date, the State and the bargaining team have been unable to reach an agreement. The main issue still remains economics, however, we are still optimistic that we can have a full contract package to bring out to the membership for a vote. December 2nd, 3rd and 4th are the next scheduled dates for negotiations. The bargaining team is very aware and concerned with the upcoming Health care increases, however, we need to continue to fight for a fair contract for all of Unit 12. The provisions of the expired MOU (contract) dated July 1, 2013 through July 1, 2015 are still in effect until such time that a new agreement is reached.
- October 1, 2015: Open Enrollment
As you are aware, it is open enrollment time for changing your health and dental vision plans and time is running . you may want to take advantage of shopping for a new plan that could possibly save you and your family money. Download a detailed document with links to all of the details now.
- September 10, 2015: Bargaining Update
The Unit 12 bargaining team met with the State on Wednesday September 2, 2015. The State and the bargaining team were unable to reach a tentative agreement at this session. The Unit 12 chief negotiator is continuing to have dialogue with the State’s chief negotiator to try and resolve the economic issues and get back to the bargaining table. The Unit 12 rank and file team has worked diligently to try and reach a reasonable agreement, however, has not been able to accept the State’s current proposal. Currently there no dates scheduled for further bargaining, however, we are ready to resume negotiations and expect to have future dates shortly. The provisions of the expired MOU (contract) dated July 1, 2013 through July 1, 2015 are still in effect until such time that a new agreement is reached.
- Bargaining Update for the weeks of Aug. 10th and Aug 17th, 2015
Bargaining for the week of August 17th took place on the 19th and 20th. The State of California and the Unit 12 team as of the close of business on the 20th have not reached an agreement. Economics, including the classification salary adjustments and the general salary increases are still the outstanding issues. The bargaining Unit 12 team does not have any future bargaining sessions scheduled at this time.
- August 18, 2015: Bargaining Update
The bargaining session was cancelled for August 12 & 13. Bargaining is scheduled to resume on August 19 & 20. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.
- August 3, 2015: Bargaining Update for the weeks of July 20th and July 27th, 2015
The past two (2) bargaining sessions with the State (July 23, 24 and July 28, 29, 30) were productive until the meeting on July 29th. Prior to the 29th 98% of the contract language has now been addressed and tentatively agreed upon by all parties. The Unit 12 team on July 29th, however, ran into a substantial issue regarding economics and decided to walk away from the table and cancel the secession on the 30th until the State can address our economic concerns. The next secession is scheduled for August 11th 2015.
July 14, 2015: The union has also proposed additional economic proposals to help relieve classification that are severely under market. These efforts will help mitigate the recruitment and retention problem the state of California is experiencing. It's also been widely reported through the media that the Governor wants all state employees to contribute 50% of the normal cost to OPEB. This benefit is the state employees retirement health and welfare, which is severely underfunded. Reports indicate there is a $72 Billion deficit state wide. BU12's portion of that number is $3.5 billion. The State wants additional contribution from our members. We are currently in discussion across the table regarding this topic. We will keep updated as information comes available.
- July 13, 2015: Bargaining Update for the weeks of June 29th and July 6th 2015
The past two (2) bargaining sessions with the State were productive as the majority of the language changes have been addressed and tentatively agreed upon by all parties. The Unit 12 team has passed thirty (30) plus economic proposals and are waiting for the States response on all of them. The next sessions are scheduled for July 23rd and 24th 2015.
- June 22, 2015: Bargaining Update for the weeks of June 8th and 15th, 2015
The past two (2) bargaining sessions with the State were very slow going. The discussion’s at the table were centered around the language in the contract and if there needed to be any changes. The State’s bargaining team, however, passed their first economic proposal and the Unit 12 team will be reviewing and preparing a counter. The pace of bargaining should pick up in the next session scheduled for June 30th and July 1st 2015.
- May 21, 2015: The Unit 12 Team met with the State again on May 19 - 20, 2015. These meetings consisted of five (5) additional classification presentations with testimony from rank and file Unit 12 members. As of this week, there have been nine (9) classifications brought to the table and discussed with the State's bargaining team. Our team passed a handful of economic proposals and the State passed proposals to roll over existing contract language. The next bargaining sessions are scheduled for June 10 - 11, 2015. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
- May 11, 2015: The Unit 12 Team met with the State three (3) times, April 21, May 7 and 8, 2015. The first meeting consisted of going over contract language and looking at any articles that do not need to be changed (roll over). The meetings held on May 7 and 8 resulted in the first round of discussions concerning classifications that need to be updated and fixed. We heard testimony from rank and file employees regarding the pay disparity and the State’s team was very impressed. The next bargaining sessions are scheduled for May 19-20, 2015.
- March 9, 2015: As most of you are aware, IUOE State Unit 12 bargaining with the state is scheduled to take place early April 2015 and will be on going until such time that the bargaining team reaches an agreement. At that point the agreement will be presented to our members to be voted on.
IUOE wants to hear from our members regarding bargaining so we have extended the Feb. 27 deadline and will continue to except bargaining unit 12 contract survey to the end of March. At this point we have received over 2,500 survey. I would like to thank the members that took the time to complete and send the survey. For those members that still want to complete a survey, use this link but send it to us no later than March 31.
- January 22, 2015: We will be going back to the table to negotiation a new contract with the State of California, as ours expires July 1, 2015.
We value your input and need to hear from you on what items are important to you and your family. Please complete this survey and fax or email it back to us at your first opportunity. (We need these back by February 27, 2015.)
- August 1, 2013: The following is a brief summary of negotiations between the State of California and IUOE Bargaining Unit 12. Remember, details and deadlines are constantly evolving. Your negotiating committee and Unit 12 Representatives are doing everything possible to keep you updated on the latest chain of events. Stay tuned for further information, including a monthly publication.
- A bargaining ground-rules meeting was held in April.
- We started the official negotiation meetings with the State in the second week of May.
- We have been bargaining two days a week since May and held three day a week session the last week of June.
- We gave the State 41 proposals with 95% of those asking for economics, including general increases for wages, health and welfare and allowances.
- At this point, the State has proposed a 3 year deal, with a total of 4.5% increase over 3 years similar to what SEIU and Bargaining Unit 18 had agreed to.
- This proposal from the state has prompted your negotiating committee to look for different ways to get out of the SEIU Bargaining cycle. One idea being looked at is to propose a 2 year term for the contract. We would then be back at the table bargaining before SEIU and the other bargaining units.
- Your bargaining team is also trying to make sure that we secure your Health and Welfare benefits at the 80/80/20 split for the life of the contract.
- Your bargaining team is working to try and secure an agreement prior to any additional Health and Welfare increases come into effect.
- We have also discussed with the state, and they are on board with looking into classifications that are having recruitment and retention issues.
- July 30, 2013: You may have read recently that effective immediately, domestic partners can register for health benefits. Get all of the details and information using the links below:
- June 13, 2013: The following is a brief summary of how negotiations have been going so far with the State of California. Remember, details and deadlines are constantly evolving. Your negotiating committee and Unit 12 representatives are doing everything possible to keep you updated on the latest chain of events. Stay tuned for further information including a monthly publication.
- A bargaining ground-rules meeting was held in April.
- We started the official negotiation meetings with the State in the second week of May.
- We have had six meetings so far with the State of California.
- Initially we plan to continue bargaining two days a week through June.
- The Governor hopes to have a tentative agreement with all the unions by mid-June to coincide with the budget.
- Up to this point, negotiations with our bargaining team have been slow.
- We gave the State forty-one (41) proposals 95% asking for economics, including general increases for wages, health and welfare and allowances.
- At this point, the State is still looking at zero increases at least for the first year of the contract.
- As of the last bargaining session, the State has not responded or countered to any of our economic proposals.
- May 6, 2013: Unfortunately another tragedy occurred in relation to the recent
Caltrans Memorial when Dean Patton, 51, of Grass Valley was killed on his way to the memorial in Sacramento. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Patton. Get more information the Governors statement on this tragedy.
- April 25, 2013: Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) maintenance workers Shawn Baker and Joseph Robert Jones who died as the result of a recent tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to another worker, Kevin Skillen who was injured in the incident. See the Governors statement on this tragedy.
- April 5, 2013: IUOE State Unit 12 'Sunshined' with the State of California', officially opening up contract negotiations. To date, we have received 587 Pre-Negotiation forms back from our members expressing their top concerns for the negotiation team to work on at the table. IUOE State Unit 12 Rank and File team members and union representatives will be meeting with the State on April 23rd, 2013 to go over ground rules and schedule the upcoming contract negotiation meetings. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Local Union Representative.
- Mar. 22, 2013: Union members call for end to bypass delay
Even before Caltrans began construction Feb. 25 on the $210 million bypass, which aims to alleviate traffic congestion and air pollution, the project has stirred heated arguments...Union tradesmen put their collective foot down Thursday, showing support for the Willits Bypass Project and calling for an end to delays. Read the Willits News now...
- Feb. 25, 2013: CalPERS Webinar - Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about early career basics for retirement.
Not ready for retirement, but want a better understanding of your CalPERS benefits? Attend our free webinar and learn about benefits provided by CalPERS and the strategic choices you can make to maximize your retirement security. Get more details about these two upcoming webinars.
- Dec. 22, 2012: Contract negotiations are beginning the Spring of 2013. Your input on changes to the MOU are greatly appreciated. Please click here to fill out the 2013 Pre-Negotiations form online then print and fax it to our office at (916) 444-6877 no later than February 28, 2013.
- Feb. 20, 2011 – Support Workers Rights: Join workers all over the country in solidarity for the Wisconsin Labor Fight. The Wisconsin bill is part of a coordinated effort to silence workers. Don't let it happen here. Join us for a Candlelight Vigil in solidarity with Wisconsin workers in two locations on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Get more information and contact info here.
Feb. 22, 2011 - Sacramento, California - Candlelight Vigil
Time: 5:30 P.M.
Location: State Capitol West Steps
Address: 1315 10th Street - Sacramento, CA 95814 (click for directions)
Feb. 22, 2011 - Southern California - Candlelight Vigil
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Poncitlan Square
Address: 38315 9th Street East - Palmdale, CA. 93550 (click for directions)
- Feb. 9, 2011 – The State Department of General Services announced today that the State of California is no longer going through with the sale and lease back of 11 State owned properties. Governor Brown was quoted as saying, “The sale and leaseback proposal was short-sighted and would have cost taxpayers billions of dollars in the long-run. Selling and leasing back the state’s buildings for one-time gains is not prudent.” Therefore, the Department of Personnel has rescinded the layoff plan that was scheduled to be effective May 1, 2011. Get the details about this and more now.
- September 14, 2010: Southern California, Local 12: There were a couple of errors in the Local 12, news-report describing the final contract terms. The PLP starts September 2010 and expires in August 2011. (12 consecutive months). In addition, the 5% salary increase to top step members and it will start January 1, 2012.
- September 8, 2010: Furloughs California Supreme Court re-heard litigation on the Furlough fight. After much of the same arguments, they are still at a stand-still. The court has up to 90 days to make a decision. Whatever the decision from the court is, it will not add additional furloughs to our Unit 12 members while their under their current contract (7/1/2010 – 6/30/2012). However, if the courts decide that Furloughs are illegal that could mean our Unit 12 members will get money back in their pockets for their previous Furlough days they had to endure.
- August 23, 2010: MOU Signed by the Governor After being signed by Governor Schwarzenegger, IUOE State Unit 12 now has a current contract with the State of California. Unit 12 employees will receive a full paycheck for the month of August 2010.
- August 20, 2010: Good News! The ratification bill (SB846) passed with a vote of 31 -1 and is now headed to the governor's office for signature. Stay tuned for details as they become available.
- August 19, 2010: IT'S FURLOUGH TIME AGAIN! Bargaining UNIT 12 employees are EXEMPT from furloughs due to the Tentative Agreement they have with the state. Click here for more details!
- August 12, 2010: Tentative Agreement Passed by Assembly - The California State Assembly voted today to ratify IUOE’s Tentative agreement late this morning. The Ratification bill (SB846) is on its way to the State Senate for their approval. At this time, it is estimated that the Senate will vote on the bill sometime during the middle of next week.
- August 5, 2010: Tentative Agreement Ratified - Votes were counted late into the evening and it was confirmed that Unit 12 members ratified the Tentative Agreement with the State of California by a 2 to 1 margin. The agreement still needs to be passed and signed by the Legislature. In the upcoming days, we will be working hard with our Legislative Analyst to pass our Appropriation and MOU Bill.
- July 16, 2010: Judge denies Schwarzenegger's minimum wage order -
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette today denied Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's request to immediately compel State Controller John Chiang to pay state employees minimum wage. The denial means there will be a hearing on the issues on July 26, with a full hearing sometime in August, but Marlette's ruling is a boost for about 200,000 state workers, who were facing paychecks for $7.25 an hour for the July pay period. Click here for to read entire news story.
- July 16, 2010: More clarifications on pension language - The increased pension contribution deduction will start the month the MOU is ratified. There will not be a deduction for the month of July 2010 if the contract is ratified in August 2010. Click here for more details.
- July 12, 2010: Important Contract Language Update - There was an error to some of the language on the first posted summary. Please note: The retirement structure for existing bargaining unit 12 members has not changed. Click here to download the updated contract language.
- July 8, 2010: Additional meeting set for Northern California. Unit 12 Business Representatives are hosting an informational meeting at the Gridley Fairgrounds Flower Bowl Facility on Wednesday, July 14th beginning at 6:00 pm to discuss the new contract & answer any questions. Click here for a flyer with contact information.
- July 7, 2010: Southern California dates and locations are happening now for the contract ratification process. Click here to get all of the dates and locations.
- July 2, 2010, 9:30 am: Unit 12 exempt from pay cuts! Read the letter about why this will not happen! Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Department of Personnel Administration has sent pay instructions to Controller John Chiang, telling him to withhold state worker pay to the federal minimum allowed.
- June 29, 2010, 4:00 pm: Quick Summary of new contract! Click here to read details. As you know in the Governors May revise he outlined his proposal for cuts in employee compensation and the threat of the federal minimum wage if he didn't get them. Your bargaining team worked extremely hard to secure a contract that would limit the impact of his cuts and avoid the federal minimum wage threat. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
- June 28, 2010, 8:55 am: IUOE State Unit 12 has reached a tentative agreement with DPA regarding the 2010-2012 contract negotiations. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
- June 22, 2010: The governor wants salary reductions and pension reform, however, these items need to be bargained at the negotiation table, and not with the press, which the governor has tried to do. If he does not get what he wants by June 30, he may impose the federal minimum
wage for all of his employees or try to implement the 5/5/5 stated above. He said no agreement would be reached without some kind of pension reform. Read the latest issue of the Unit 12 Tribune now.