2023-2025 Tentative Agreement – Voting Results

On the evening of Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 11:59pm, voting for the 2023-2025 Tentative Agreement closed. On September 6, 2023, YES Elections generated the final results.

Per the results, AFSCME Local 2620 members have overwhelmingly voted to ratify the 2023-2025 Tentative Agreement.

The voting outcome is as follows:

YES VOTES: 1,257

The legislature has until Thursday, September 14, 2023 to vote to approve our tentative agreement. If approved, it will go to Governor Newsom’s office for signature, where he will have 30 days to review and sign, once it makes it to his desk.

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of the dues-paying members who were able to participate in the contract ratification process by exercising your right to vote. More details regarding implementation of the agreement language will be announced to the membership as soon as it becomes available.

We appreciate everyone’s patience in receiving these updates and we look forward to bringing more information to your attention when it becomes available to us.

In Unity,

Juan Vazquez

Interim Senior Business Agent

AFSCME Council 57, Local 2620

2550 N. Hollywood Way #209

Burbank CA. 91505


(213) 725-4305 cell

T.E.A.M. Report #3

Coronavirus has strained the economy of local and state
governments throughout our nation, leaving a $54.3 billion
deficit in the California budget. Governor Newsom has
responded with the May budget revise, which includes a
proposed 10% pay reduction for all state employees. Each
bargaining unit in the state is negotiating the terms of this
proposed pay reduction.

Read more here Team report #3

Governor Newsom announces new May revised Budget for the State (and what it means for you)

Governor Newsom proposed a $138 billion general fund budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The proposed budget is subject to approval by the legislators on June 15, 2020. In addition to across the board proposed cuts the Governor proposed the following:
  • An approximate 10% reduction in compensation across the board, for all state workers, including management, to be effective July 1, 2020. The 10% reduction is subject to negotiations by each individual union. The Governor stated that this 10% reduction can be avoided if the federal government approves The Heroes Act. If the Heroes Act does not pass or is reduced significantly, then the 10% salary reduction may still happen. Per Governor Newsom, the 10% reduction in salary WILL take effect July 1, 2020
  • Parole Outpatient Clinic (POC) (CDCR) – This department employs mental health clinicians that provide treatment to parolees transitioning out of prison. Our members make up 90 clinicians at these offices. The May revision proposes to no longer fund the POC’s. This means the POC’s will close. This is subject to a meet and confer, which is a mini-bargaining session between the union and the state to discuss ways of mitigating the effects on the members of the intended action and agree on how this change will be implemented.
  • Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) (CDCR) – The Governor’s May Revise proposes to stop intake of juvenile offenders on Jan 1, 2021 and begin the process to close all three state juvenile facilities and the fire camp through the attrition of the current population. AFSCME Local 2620 will begin to meet and confer with the State to attempt to mitigate the effects on impacted clinicians.
  • Ongoing plan of closing two state-operated prisons within CDCR, over the next four years. This has been a developing plan since the population of inmates has decreased from 189,000 to approximately 122,000. The Governor did not identify the prisons. This means that one prison may potentially close in 2021-2022 and the second prison will close next following year. This too will be subject to a meet and confer.
Moving forward, the Negotiating team will advocate for what is right by you, the member!
What can you do to help:
Ensure your contact information is up to date: click here
Write your congress member:

Union Submits Economic Proposals to the State

The Negotiation team submitted a number of
key proposals to address economic concerns
of our membership. While we recognize that
this is contract negotiations and it requires
bargaining between both parties we moved
forward with a number of key economic
proposals. Some of the issues but not limited
to includes:

• A two year general salary increase
effective July 1, 2020 and again on
July 1, 2021
• Increase in night shift and weekend
shift differential
• Increase in bilingual pay
• Special Salary Adjustments for
identified classifications.
• A new longevity proposal to address
long term workers
• Health Benefits stipend
• Increase in CEU hours for certain

For the full report, click on the link Team report #2

Show me the money!

We are thrilled to announce that CalHR has informed us that the State Controller’s Office will begin to process the general salary increase and retroactive pay for our bargaining unit. The increase should be reflected in our June 1 pay warrant (May pay period). Employees should start receiving the retroactive pay warrant within the next week or so.
It has been a long journey and we thank you for your patience. If there are any changes and/or updates, we will provide them as soon as we are notified.

General Salary Increase Update

As many members have reached out regarding their pay warrant not reflecting the general salary increase, we have reached out to CalHR requesting an update on the status. They continue to report that the pay letter has been sent over to the State Controller’s Office. The Controller’s office reported that they have begun the process of issuing the checks, as they received the order from CalHR. At this time, there is no date as to when the adjustment will be reflected in the monthly pay warrant, as we are one of 14 bargaining units awaiting the salary increase. In addition, as previously stated, the retroactive pay will be issued in a separate check.
We thank you for your continued patience. If there are any changes and/or updates, we will provide them as soon as we are notified.

Bargaining Update: Members Vote 86% Yes to Ratify New Contract

On Thursday, February 2, the new collective bargaining agreement for Bargaining Unit 19 -Health and Social Services Professional Employees, was ratified by the votes received of the membership with 86.5% voting to accept and 13.5% voting to reject. The count was conducted and the results were as follows:
Ballots were mailed out and 1,242 were returned;
18 ballots were invalidated for a total of 1,224 valid votes;
And 1,059 voted to accept, and 165 voted to reject.
Now that the new agreement has been ratified, the Union will notify CalHR of the acceptance. The Legislators are now taking up our agreement for adoption.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our members who participated in the contract ratification process.

Bargaining Update: Worksite Meetings Scheduled to Discuss New Tentative Agreement

The Tentative Agreement and ballots to vote on ratifying the contract have been mailed out. Members of the Negotiation T.E.A.M. and our Business Agents have scheduled a number of work site meetings throughout the state to go over the agreement. In addition, as we are unable to go to every work site, we will be hosting a teleconference to discuss the Tentative Agreement and to answer any questions. Further details regarding the teleconference will be provided no later than January 24, 2017. Please refer to the calendar on our web site www.afscmelocal2620.org for the work site meetings scheduled or contact the Burbank office at (800) 698-6553.