February 16, 2018

The Annual PECG Legislative Day and Reception was well attended and successful. 68 PECG members from throughout the State came to Sacramento earlier this week to meet with 96 Legislators or key staff in their Capitol Offices, followed by a reception in the Capitol for more informal discussions. PECG’s priorities included protecting the retirement plan and benefits, implementing the additional transportation funding provided by Senate Bill 1 in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and supporting legislation to provide additional funding and staffing to meet drinking water standards and to commit sufficient resources and staff to inspect and maintain the State Water Project. The evening Reception attendees included Legislators, State Controller Betty Yee, and nearly 100 members of State Boards and Commissions, Agency and Department heads, and Legislative staff.

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More than 2,500 PECG members in Unit 9 have responded to the Contract Bargaining Survey to state their goals and priorities. The PECG Bargaining Team is analyzing all of those responses in preparing for contract negotiations for a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to supersede the current contract, which expires on June 30. Surveys will be sent next week to PECG supervisory and managerial members to provide input to the PECG Meet and Confer Team which will be meeting on their behalf with the Governor’s Office.

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The monthly meeting of PECG leaders and Caltrans management occurred earlier this week. Discussion topics included staffing to achieve the expanded program due to the additional funding from Senate Bill 1; the hiring effort to achieve that level; the continued salary inequity for Senior Telecommunications Engineers and Party Chiefs; and the Senior Transportation Engineer exam problem. Caltrans has proposed to eliminate the current promotional list to immediately make applicants from outside of state service available. PECG has proposed utilizing both lists (promotional and open) with promotional candidates to be given top priority. It now appears the matter will have to be resolved one way or the other by the State Personnel Board at their March meeting.