AFSCME 2620 Election Results (2021)

The results are in for the 2021 Occupational Chair/Chief Steward Office Elections for AFSCME LOCAL 2620. The linked report contains the official results. Please click here to view the report: AFSCME2620 2021 – Results Letter

The results are as follows:

Adriel Reyes is the Coalinga State Hospital Facility Chief Steward;
Samira Jones is the Region X (San Diego/Imperial) Chief Steward;
Sarah Rojas is the Dietician/Nutritionist Occupational Chair;
Evan Graff is the Napa State Hospital Facility Chief Steward;
Bonnie Thomas is the Pharmacy Occupational Chair.

Thank you to those who voted and ran for these positions.

Please reach out to  with any questions.

Stewards training via Zoom on August 28 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

On August 28, 2021, AFSCME 2620 will hold an all-day training session via Zoom to cover the basics of being a steward for the Union. The training will be from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Topics will include how to write a grievance, the duty of fair representation, the roles and responsibilities of a steward, understanding one’s rights, and understanding the Union contract.

RSVP by August 23, 2021 if you would like to attend.

If you are a member of AFSCME 2620 and have been thinking about how to get more involved, this training is a perfect opportunity to learn more about this important way to represent and advocate for your fellow union members!

Stewards Training

Saturday, August 28, 2021 – 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please click AFSCME Basic Steward Training Flyer to view a PDF flier advertising this event. If you have questions about this training, please email the Communications Committee at

AFSCME Local 2620 members ratify new contract

The votes have been tallied, and AFSCME Local 2620 Members ratified the new three-year agreement with the following totals:

1,317 YES 85.10%
230 NO 14.90%

The agreement is in effect from July 1, 2020 through July 1, 2023.

A complete summary of the changes in the new contract can be viewed here.

Thank you to the 2020 Negotiation Team for their hard work at the bargaining table!

Thank you also to everyone who voted and made their voices heard!

Click HERE to sign a Membership Card

Complete Summary of Tentative Contract Agreement Reached on June 21, 2021

On June 21, 2021, AFSCME and the State of California reached a tentative agreement on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Terms of the agreement will be from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023. AFSCME 2620 members are going to be sent electronic ballots to vote on the new contract during the week of July 5, 2021. Ballots are due by close of business on Monday, July 21, 2021.

Only registered members of the union will be able to vote. To fill out a membership card, click here.

Click on Summary of Tentative Agreement reached on June 21, 2021 to view a complete summary of changes made to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The Negotiation Team is recommending a YES vote!

Team Members
Shukimba Carlis, President
Joseph Greene, Southern Vice President
Chelsea Harris, Northern Vice President
Xochilt Martinez, Chaplains/Native American Spiritual Leaders
Emiko Taki, Dietitians and Nutritionists (Interim)
Lisa Smith, Individual Program Coordinators
Alex Pitz, Licensing Program Analysts
Hassan Juma-Ramadhan, Physical Medicine Occupations
Amir Jafarinejad, Pharmacists (Interim)
Victor Pacheco, Alternate for Willow Saloum, Psychologists
Wanda Wullschleger, Rehabilitation Therapists (Interim)
Courtney Jordan-Navarro, Alternate for Inesita Arce, Social Workers
Tisha Hill-Smith, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors

Staff Members
Cliff L. Tillman Jr., Senior Business Agent, Chief Negotiator
Al Austin II; Rafael Garcia; Rafael Serrano; and Juan Vazquez, Business Agents

Questions about the new agreement can be sent to Cliff Tillman, Jr., Senior Business Agent and Chief Negotiator, at, or Shukimba Carlis, President of AFSCME Local 2620, at

AFSCME and the State Reach a Tentative Agreement on the New Contract (Subject to Membership Approval)

AFSCME and the State reached an agreement this afternoon, June 21, 2021. A complete summary of all changes will be forwarded to members for review and approval. We are hoping to issue ballots within the next week or so.  This tentative agreement is subject to approval by members only. If you are not a member and are interested in voting, please use the link at the end of this notice.

The Negotiation Team is recommending a YES vote!

Term of the Agreement shall be from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023. This is a 3 year agreement.

Ballots will be sent to the members whose email is on file with AFSCME. Those members who do not have an email on file will receive a ballot in the mail.

Please click HERE to view the full statement.

Sign a Membership Card HERE.


The PLP program details are posted on the website.

We have received emails asking why deductions of union dues did not go down to correspond with our reduced pay in July 2020.

Please note that nothing has changed in the way the dues are calculated. The amount deducted in July 2020 is the same as the amount deducted in June 2020. This is because our salaries have not changed. What we see in our pay stubs is not our salary rate. Your pension and other amounts computed on your salary rate is based on your salary as of June 2020. The Informational Bulletin from Cal HR (IB-2020-HR-019 PLP 2020 AFSCME) explains that our salaries have NOT changed. Therefore pension deductions and union dues deductions have not changed.

The PLP program implemented the crediting of 16 hours PLP time for the 9.23% that the state needed to save, due to the budgetary crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

What it did was as follows:

  1. 9.23% was taken off our gross pay per the pay stub
  2. We did not pay the 3% prefunding for July 2020 but got it in our taxable gross (our take home pay). Everyone saw a 3% extra from our taxable gross, after deducting the 9.23%.
  3. Union dues are taken off by the State Controller and as our salary rates were not changed by the PLP program the SAME amount was taken for union dues in July 2020 as for June 2020.

Please be informed that the number shown as Gross Pay in our pay stubs is NOT our official salary rate. We agree this is very confusing. You can verify that with your HR specialist. As per the IB, our salary rate has NOT changed.

If you have further questions, or require further clarification, please feel free to reach out to your stewards at your facility/region or any of the executive board members. Contact details are on the website. Also, we will be holding a townhall meeting at 7 p.m. on August 13, 2020 to address remaining questions. Details have already been sent out.



This Agreement is necessitated by the unanticipated budget shortfalls arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic. This Agreement is a Side Letter of the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) effective July 1, 2016 through July 1, 2020, between the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Bargaining Unit 19 (BU 19) and the State of California (State). This Side Letter will be incorporated into any successor Agreement reached between AFSCME, BU 19 and the State prior to July 2, 2022.

  1. Personal Leave Program 2020

Effective with the pay period following ratification by both parties through the June 2022 pay period,  employees will be subject to the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020) for two (2) days or sixteen (16) hours per month in the manner outlined below. PLP 2020 shall have no cash value and may not be cashed out, except as permitted in the very limited circumstance described in subsection E below.

A. Each full-time employee shall continue to work their assigned work schedule and shall have a reduction in pay equal to 9.23%.

B. Each full-time employee shall be credited with sixteen (16) hours of PLP 2020 on the first day of each pay period for the duration of the PLP 2020 program.

C. Salary rates and salary ranges shall remain unchanged.

D. Employees will be given discretion to use PLP 2020 subject to operational considerations.

  1. PLP 2020 time must be used before any other accrued leave with the exception of Professional Development Days and approved sick leave.
  2. Employees may elect to use PLP 2020 in lieu of approved sick leave.
  3. PLP 2020 shall be requested and used by the employee in the same manner as vacation/annual leave.
  4. Subject to the above, requests for use of PLP 2020 leave must be submitted in accordance with departmental policies on vacation/annual leave.

E. All leave earned under PLP 2020 must be used prior to voluntary separation. Appointing powers may schedule employees to take PLP 2020 time off to meet the intent of this section. If an employee’s separation is not voluntary and the separation date cannot be extended, PLP 2020 shall be cashed out. Employees have until June 30, 2027, to use all leave time earned under PLP 2020. Any unused PLP 2020 time shall be void after June 30, 2027.

F. Time during which an employee is excused from work because of PLP 2020 leave shall not be considered as “time worked” for purposes of determining the number of hours worked in a work week.

G. A State employee shall be entitled to the same level of State employer contributions for health, vision, dental, flex-elect cash option, and enhanced survivor’s benefits they would have received had the PLP 2020 not occurred.

H. PLP 2020 shall not cause a break in State service, nor a reduction in the employee’s accumulation of service credit for the purposes of seniority and retirement. PLP 2020 does not affect other leave accumulations, or service towards a merit salary adjustment.

I. PLP 2020 shall neither affect the employee’s final compensation used in calculating State retirement benefits nor reduce the level of State death or disability benefits to supplement those benefits with paid leave.

J. The PLP 2020 reductions shall not affect transfer determinations between state civil service classifications.

K. Part-time employees shall be subject to the same conditions as stated above, on a pro-rated basis. Pro-ration shall be determined based on the employee’s time base consistent with the chart below:

Part-time Time Base                                       PLP 2020 Credit Hours

1/10                                                                       1.60

1/8                                                                         2.00

1/5                                                                         3.20

1/4                                                                         4.00

3/10                                                                       4.80

3/8                                                                         6.00

2/5                                                                         6.40

1/ 2                                                                        8.00

3/5                                                                         9.60

5/8                                                                         10.00

7/10                                                                       11.20

3/ 4                                                                        12.00

4/5                                                                         12.80

7/8                                                                         14.00

9/10                                                                       14.40

L. PLP 2020 for permanent intermittent employees shall be pro-rated based upon the number of hours worked in the monthly pay period, pursuant to the chart in Section P below.

M. PLP 2020 shall be administered consistent with the existing payroll system and the policies and practices of the State Controller’s Office.

N. Employees on SDI, NDI, ENDI, IDL, EIDL, or Workers’ Compensation for the entire monthly pay period shall be excluded from PLP 2020 for that month.

O. Seasonal and temporary employees are not subject to PLP 2020.

P. All Permanent Intermittent employees shall be subject to the pro-ration of salary and PLP 2020 credits pursuant to the chart below:

Hours Worked During Credit PLP 2020 Pay Period                         PLP 2020

0-10.9                                                                                                                    1

11-30.9                                                                                                                 2

31-50.9                                                                                                                 4

51-70.9                                                                                                                 6

71-90.9                                                                                                                 8

91-110.9                                                                                                               10

111-130.9                                                                                                             12

131-150.9                                                                                                            14

151 or over                                                                                                         16

Q. Continuation of the Voluntary PLP (VPLP) during the duration of PLP 2020 shall be at the discretion of the employee. If the employee elects to discontinue participation in VPLP, they shall be allowed to opt out at any time during the PLP 2020 program.

R. The maximum carry over balance of 640 hours in BU 19 Article 9.1 and 9.3 shall be increased for the term of this Side Letter, by the equivalent number of PLP 2020 hours BU 19 employees have been subject to during the PLP 2020 program.

S. The State shall not seek additional employee compensation reductions from AFSCME, Local 2620 represented employees during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 fiscal years.

T. Disputes regarding the denial of the use of PLP 2020 time may be appealed through the grievance procedure. The decision by the Department of Human Resources shall be final and there may be no further appeals.

II Contract Reopener Language – Elimination of Pay Decreases

A. The remainder of the MOU, such as the amount necessary for the payment of compensation and employee benefits that were in effect prior to the 2020-21 fiscal year, shall continue in full effect, subject to the reductions agreed to in this Side Letter. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, this Side Letter and the MOU represents the only entitlement to payment of compensation and employee benefits.

B. The determination of sufficient funding to restore the reductions relative to this Side Letter shall be at the sole discretion of the Director of the Department of Finance if either of the following circumstances occur:

  1. If the Director of the Department of Finance, as a result of appropriate federal legislation providing additional funding to the state to address the impacts of the COVID-19 Recession, elects to restore, at their sole discretion, some or all of the pay that has been reduced.
  2. If the Director of the Department of Finance, as a result of state revenue becoming sufficient to fully fund existing statutory and constitutional obligations, existing fiscal policy, and the cost of providing the pay that has been reduced as a result of the COVID-19 Recession, elects to restore, at their sole discretion, some or all of the pay that has been reduced.C

C. In the event the Director of the Department of Finance elects to restore, at their sole discretion, some or all of the pay that has been reduced by operation of this Side Letter, the State shall provide notice to the Union and shall meet and confer with the Union upon request regarding the impact of that determination.

D. Determination of funding availability relative to this section shall be at the sole discretion of the Director of the Department of Finance

E. No provision of Section II shall be subject to the grievance and arbitration procedure;

Section II is specifically not subject to arbitration.

III. Suspension of Employee Portion of OPEB

Notwithstanding Government Code Sections 22940, 22942, 22943, 22944, 22944.2, 22944.3, and 22944.5, the employees’ monthly contribution of three percent (3%) for prefunding other post-employment benefits for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 fiscal years, as described in BU 19, Article 11.11, paragraph A, is suspended and shall not be withheld from employees’ salaries beginning on the first day of the pay period following ratification, and ending on June 30, 2022. The employer’s monthly contribution for prefunding other post-employment benefits will continue in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 fiscal years, as described in BU 19, Article 11.11, paragraph A.



Elections Committee Report

On Saturday, July 18, 2020 The Elections Committee facilitated the ballot count for the new collective bargaining agreement for Bargaining Unit 19 – Health and Social Services Professional Employees that was sent out by Council 57 and the proposed agreement was ratified by the votes received of the membership.

The count was conducted and the results were as follows:

  1. Ballots were mailed out and 54 were returned;
  2. 14 ballots were invalidated for a total of 40 valid votes;
  3. And 38 to voted accept, and 2 voted to reject.

In Unity,

Your Elections Committee:

Sharmayne Yusuff, Chair, Southern Region

Stacey Williams, Southern Region

Arely Godoy, Southern Region

Katie Franco, Southern Region

Leticia Tshipamba, Southern Region

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our members who were able to participate in the contract ratification process and the Elections Committee who carried out the ballot count.



Ballots for the Tentative Agreement regarding the pay reduction in exchange for 16 hours PLP had gone out from the Council 57 Oakland office on July 1, 2020. If you have not received your ballot for this, please email for a replacement ballot immediately. Please also inform her of your current mailing address. The deadline for receipt of ballots has been extended to 5 p.m. July 17, 2020. Voting is your right and privilege as a member!