Nominations to Open Monday for Bargaining Team

Elections Will Be Held at July 14 Bargaining Senate Meeting

The Executive Branch Master Contract is a large undertaking, one that will ultimately affect thousands of state employees for years to come. Will you be one of the state employee members who negotiates the next contract?

The collective bargaining process has actually already begun, as the the Collective Bargaining Advisory Committee works to gather information. But the bargaining process will begin in earnest in the next month with the election of the Master Bargaining Team. The nomination period opens Monday for state employee members who wish to serve on the Master Bargaining Team.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to have some talented state employees step forward to serve on the Master Bargaining Team in recent years, and they’ve brought a wide range of perspectives and skills to the table,” said Jim Nall, the chair of the Master Bargaining Team. “We want to continue that trend this year, so I encourage any state employee member — especially those from outside the Concord area — to apply so we can make sure all areas are well represented.”

A link to a nomination form will be sent out in Monday’s SEA Notices email blast. You will also be able to pick up a paper copy at the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 office. Nomination forms must be returned by June 30 and team elections will be held at the July 14 meeting of the Collective Bargaining Senate. Eleven positions will be filled in that election.

“The power to deliver a strong contract that meets the needs of all state employees is in our hands,” Nall said. “Make no mistake, delivering that contract takes a lot of work, but that work is vitally important and if we don’t do it, who will? I encourage my fellow state employee members to answer that call and run for a position on the Master Bargaining Team.”

You can find a one-page fact sheet about Executive Branch Master Bargaining Team election process here.

You Can Get Involved with CBAC, Too

If you aren’t able to serve on the Master Bargaining Team but still want to be involved right now, you can start by attending the next meeting of the Collective Bargaining Advisory Committee (CBAC). The CBAC has been at work for months preparing for bargaining, and members of the committee are hard at work processing data from the bargaining survey.

The bargaining survey had a strong response rate and responses came from all across the spectrum, providing a strong sample with which to work.

The CBAC meets on the first Monday of each month, although the date will be different in July as the first Monday is Independence Day. If you’re interested in attending the CBAC meeting or if you have questions about the Master Bargaining Team, you can contact Randy Hunneyman at rhunneyman@seiu1984.org or 271-3411, ext. 129.

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