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Contract negotiations stalled

After 24 grueling bargaining sessions, CAPT’s attempt to reach an agreement on a new contract came to a crashing halt shortly before midnight on Aug. 23 over critical non-economic issues, including overtime, swaps and vacation. Without having these items in place, your CAPT bargaining team could not in good faith agree to a contract that it did not feel our membership deserved. Provided below are the state’s unacceptable proposals on these issues: Download flier.

CAPT lifts red-tag sanction at MSH

Metro’s two-year battle against out-of-control mandates and other blatant contract violations has finally paid off. The mandatory overtime (MOT) levels at DSH-Metropolitan have dropped significantly, 57 percent from 2015 to 2016. Consequently, at its August meeting, CAPT’s Board of Directors, voted to lift the ‘red-tag’ sanction, issued in May 2014. Besides the reduction in MOT, there has also been a 50 percent reduction in one-to-ones, a 60 percent reduction in sick hours and a 75 percent reduction in lost work due to staff injuries. Download flier.

No mandatory overtime bill moves to governor’s desk

A bill sponsored by CAPT to improve the health and safety of patients and staff by prohibiting the state from mandating Psychiatric Technicians from working overtime except in certain emergency circumstances cleared its final legislative hurdle when the State Assembly on Aug. 18 approved the measure on a vote of 54-19. The State Senate approved SB 780 by Sen. Mendoza back on June 1 on a vote of 22-11. SB 780 now sits on the governor’s desk where the bill must either be approved or vetoed before the Sept. 30 deadline. If signed into law by Gov. Brown, the bill will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Two years ago, Gov. Brown vetoed similar legislation, saying the issue was a matter best left to the collective bargaining process.

CAPT prepares legal action against Patton for wrongful terminations

The CAPT Patton Chapter wants its members to know that the union is taking aggressive legal action at several levels to fight the onslaught of adverse actions taken against our coworkers. Download flier.

Sac Bee's Rachel Cohrs reports on number of BU contracts that have expired and remain 'embroiled' in negotiations

Jerry Brown, unions remain embroiled in negotiations

BY RACHEL COHRS

rcohrs@sacbee.com

Between June 1 and July 2, 15 state employee bargaining units’ contracts expired. So far, only one of them has come to an agreement with the governor.

This round of negotiations is particularly sticky because California Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to chip away at nearly $72 billion in retiree health benefit obligations over the next 30 years by getting state employees to contribute from their paychecks. With certain units, that strategy hasn’t gone over smoothly.

International Union of Operating Engineers representative Steve Crouch said while the union agrees with the concept of pre-funding retiree benefits, it disagrees with the amount of money that should be taken out of workers’ paychecks.

“These workers are finally trying to get back on their feet again,” Crouch said. “They were hoping to see an improvement in standards of living, but with this you give in one hand and take from the other.”

A tentative deal struck with IUOE-represented bargaining Unit 12 failed to ratify with union members earlier this month. The maintenance workers’ contract expired in July 2015.

Ann Lyles, chief negotiator for psychiatric technicians’ Unit 18, said the retiree health benefit tradeoff is “truly of concern” to unit members. She added there is “no way” their negotiating team wants to reach a tentative agreement that they won’t be able to ratify.

“Unless they balance (retiree health benefit contributions) with other things, this is not going to be attractive to members,” Lyles said. Read more.