By CSLEA Chief Counsel Kasey Clark
CSLEA understands that many members are anxious to learn the contents of a side letter to the Unit 7 contract which would reduce employee’s pay. Yesterday there was an announcement of a tentative agreement with CCPOA (Unit 6) and the State. It is important to note that, unlike CSLEA, the Unit 6 contract expires at the end of the month. The CSLEA bargaining team is reviewing the content of the Unit 6 agreement to assess whether any of its contents would be beneficial to Unit 7, bearing in mind that there are major differences between a unit primarily comprised of uniformed peace officers who work 24/7 shifts. Although CSLEA does represent a number of uniformed classifications, a majority of Unit 7 are non-uniformed who are ineligible for a uniform allowance, do not earn shift differential and do not work State holidays which is why these cost savings measures are not as possible with Unit 7.
With respect to CSLEA negotiations, the bargaining team continues to have dialogue with the Governor’s Office and CalHR. Presently, CSLEA is waiting on some analysis from CalHR before deciding on the next steps. CSLEA is also monitoring the budget discussions to determine how any cuts my be triggered. The State has given bargaining units until July 1, to reach agreement before any cuts are unilaterally mandated by the Legislature. We will provide updates as soon as there is new information to share. CSLEA appreciates its members’ patience.