On March 23rd, 2016

Formal Bargaining Commences on New Unit 7 Contract ACE, ADC, AMCOS, AND FMESA ARE FIRST AFFILIATES TO PRESENT

By CSLEA Chief Counsel Kasey Clark

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SACRAMENTO - After months of preparation, on March 21, 2016, formal negotiations between California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) and California Human Resources (CalHR) commenced with the first of numerous sessions to be held at CSLEA Headquarters in Sacramento.

The CSLEA bargaining team was represented by its Chief Counsel and Negotiations Spokesperson Kasey Clark, Legal Counsel Ryan Navarre, Andrea Perez and James Vitko as well as Unit Representatives Tina Brazil, Kevin Highbaugh and Tom Ineichin.

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Tina Brazil

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Kevin Highbaugh

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Tom Ineichen

CalHR spokesperson Pam Manwiller represented the State's team which included the Department of Finance as well as agency representatives from the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Consumer Affairs, Department of Parks and Recreation, California Highway Patrol and Department of Justice.

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Kasey Clark, Daren Watkins, Chris Fowler, Ryan Navarre

After signing off on the ground rules which govern the conduct of bargaining, Daren Watkins, president of Fire Marshals and Emergency Services Association (FMESA),  and FMESA Vice President Chris Fowler, detailed a number of proposals affecting employees within the FMESA affiliate and also were the first to speak on certain proposals which impact Unit 7 as a whole. CSLEA takes a unique approach to bolster its argument in support of proposals, such as training instructor pay,  by allowing representatives from several affiliates to provide perspective on how the issue affects employees within the various agencies.

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Jon Harrison, Terry Beatty, Ryan Navarre, Andrea Perez

Following FMESA's presentation were Terry Beatty and Jon Harrison, the outgoing and newly-elected president of Association of Motor Carrier Operation Specialists (AMCOS), Frances Adams, a director of Association of Deputy Commissioners (ADC),  and Laramie Griffith, acting-president of Association of Conservationist Employees (ACE).

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Frances Adams

The State bargaining team commended  CSLEA on its presentations and repeatedly expressed gratitude for the work performed by Unit 7 employees.

The next two scheduled bargaining dates are March 28 and April 1. On March 28, the following affiliates are tentatively scheduled to present: AC-DOJ, , CACI, CAFI, and CALEE (Com Ops). There will also be a presentation from the State on its proposal concerning the pre-funding of retiree health care benefits.

On April 1, AMVIC, CABCA, CAFDI, CARII (DCA/DMV), and COLRE are scheduled to present. Future dates will be scheduled to address the proposals of ASA-DOJ, CALEE (Lifeguards, Museum Security, CIS), CARII ,CHP-PSDA, HPAC, RPPOA and SEFFA and to entertain the State's proposals, counter-proposals, clean up and rollover language.

CSLEA President Alan Barcelona applauded those who are participating at the bargaining table,  "It is not easy, particularly for those who have never participated in formal negotiations, to sit across the table and address CalHR and agency representatives face to face. But to the credit of these fine Unit 7 professionals  who perform vital law enforcement, public safety and consumer protection duties  to keep the citizens of this state safe, we have the ability to, sincerely and articulately, make the case for improved benefits and working conditions.  I anticipate that the compelling arguments being advanced are being received with the upmost respect they deserve."

Further updates on the status of bargaining will be posted as developments occur.

 

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