Welcome to the IUOE State Unit 12 website. IUOE Locals 3, 12, 39, and 501 collectively represent some 250 city, county, special districts, and schools bargaining units within the Public Sector in addition to State Unit 12.
The four Locals have some 150 full time Union business agents actively servicing the membership, a team of Union Legislative Representatives who monitor all legislation, actively oppose harmful legislation, actively carry bills that are beneficial to our members.
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- February 2, 2016: Attn: Southern California Caltrans Workers
There has been a change in your union Representation. Effective February 1, 2016, all Caltrans workers who were represented by IUOE Local 12, will now be represented by, IUOE Local 501. Your Bargaining Unit (IUOE State Unit 12) has not changed, only your local. Click here to read the letter Local 501 sent all Caltrans workers previously represented by IUOE Local 12.
This change does not affect Locals 3 or Local 39 membership.
January 29, 2016: Negotiations January 29, 2016
IUOE and it's team met with the State of California today. We presented the results of our survey showing that over 90% of the votes came back indicating that our Members would not accept the State's current economic offer. The State told us that there is no more money. We are scheduled to go back to the table March 3rd & 4th.
Also present outside our negotiations, was a show of support from our membership. We had a large group of Unit 12 members rallying the CalHR building to show that Unit 12 is unhappy with the State's current offer. Click on photo to see larger image.
- January 29, 2016: Important Notice
The Union was recently informed that the State Controller’s Office failed to deduct the new 2016 health care share of cost from your December 2015 paycheck. This could mean that the State will attempt to recoup the difference by an additional deduction this month or issue an accounts receivable. We understand that you will bear the burden of their mistake. You, the employee, will feel the impact, not the State. To add further insult, the State’s position in bargaining has not changed. We had negotiations today and the State doesn’t think you are worth more than a small raise wiped out by a takeaway. It is clear that the State does not value Unit 12 employees. We are not “worth” more than a 7% raise over three years and are expected to give back much of it (4.6% total!) to fund a future benefit in retiree health care. Members took an informal vote in January and overwhelming rejected this offer.
The State’s latest error on health care deductions should not go unnoticed. If you are angered bythe deduction mistake and by the State’s bargaining, they need to hear from you. We encourage you to voice your displeasure by emailing and calling the Director of CalHR, Richard Gillihan at Richard.Gillihan@calhr.ca.gov and (916) 322-5193.
January 20, 2016: Update on contract negotiations
Ballots on our contract survey were counted today. The membership spoke loud and clear (over 90%) that they did not like the current offer by the State. We are going back to the table on January 29, 2016. We will keep you posted as updates become available.
- 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.)