On July 28, 2020, SEIU Local 1000 filed a health and safety complaint on behalf of all CDCR/CCHCS members because the service violated our contract. On July 28, 2020, our Union filed a national complaint against the CDCR and THE CCHCS. On August 10, 2020, the CDCR and CCHCS provided a timely joint response to our mismanagement. On August 4, 2020, our Union met with representatives of the CDPH on outstanding notices. CDPH answered many of our outstanding questions and, based on our previous complaints, on Thursday, July 9, 2020, we met with management regarding the announcement of the development of the Nurse Health Care Team (HFEN) on infection prevention. Our Union has received two notifications from management regarding changes to HFEN working conditions and we will meet with management on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. .m. Below is more information on the indications: On September 18, 2020, our Union met with the telephone management. Christina Montserrat and Susan Espinoza participated in CDPH (California Department of Public Health) and Andres Villarto, Kim Cowart and Mo Kashmiri on behalf of our Union. On August 25, 2020, our Union was informed by members that an email was sent by Heidi Steinecker to employees ordering HFENs to sign a new declaration of service. Our Union immediately turned to the working relations of the CDPH and informed them that we were still in consultation and that our Union had not accepted a mandatory declaration. We also requested that the customs declaration be withdrawn immediately. ACSS lawyers and legal teams continue to advocate for excluded workers.
As “management accounts” and bills authorizing high-level agency agreements are subject to legislative approval and funding, THE ACSS will continue to aggressively represent the interests of excluded individuals. While we await more clarity on the adoption of the final state budget and the possible consequences of collective bargaining, ACSS will continue to work with CalHR on wages and details of possible temporary reductions in workers` excluded wages. ACSS praised the progress made by the Brown administration and former CalHR Director Richard Gillihan. In addition to general wage increases in 2017 and 2018, the administration granted a general wage increase (GSI) of 3% as of October 1, 2016, as well as various specific wage adjustments to cope with lower wages. The October 2016 GSI departed from current practice by making marginal IFG staff available before several trade union confederations entered into collective agreements.