Department of Motor Vehicles


DMV activist honored as Unionist of the Year

To Richard David Turner, helping his fellow employees solve problems at work is second nature. As a steward and Local 1000 activist, he's worked for nearly ten years to improve working conditions at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), while volunteering his personal time to build a better community.

Turner was honored as "Unionist of the Year" for his efforts by the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council. He received three separate certificates on April 25--one from his Congress-man, one from his Assemblymember and a third from his state senator.

SEEING the bigger picture

Member Profile: Shelia Byars

A Local 1000 activist for more than 15 years, Shelia Byars is stepping up once again and volunteering for campaigns that go beyond the worksite--working toward a better life for all Californians.

She's applying the grassroots organizing skills she's learned as an engaged member and applying them to the fight against income inequality and Raising California Together--a campaign that raises awareness and advocates for more early childcare options for members of the community that cannot otherwise afford it. She strongly believes that, "We are in a fight for our future and the future of our children, grandchildren and ourselves. We have a duty to strengthen the middle class and secure a living wage for all. Nothing can just be about us and our interests."

DMV members prevail in fight for updated classifications & better pay

quote-margarita-81413.jpgLocal 1000 and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reach an agreement on several new job classification specifications and increased compensation.

Thanks to the relentless efforts of Local 1000 members, more than 4,000 DMV employees will enjoy new job descriptions and pay raises after a nine-year, member-driven campaign to recognize the scope and complexity of the jobs performed by our members. Three different DMV classifications have updated specifications and nine different classifications received increases ranging from 1.5 percent to 7.5 percent.

DMV worksite meetings coming to you

A reclassification and compensation deal has been reached between the Local 1000 DMV team and the state. Members of the team will visit DMV worksites up and down the state in the next two days and host meetings to inform members about the details and answer questions.

Channel 1000 Special Report: DMV Reclassification & Compensation Win

Local 1000 reaches an agreement with the Department of Motor Vehicles on the hard-fought reclassification effort. Find out all the details below.

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Update: Business partner automation

Local 1000 works to ensure contract violations do not happen

Implemented in July 2012, Assembly Bill (AB) 1215 allows more private sector business partner involvement in DMV transactions traditionally done by state workers in the Industry Service Centers (ISC), Business Service Centers (BSC) and Consolidated Registration Centers (CRC). Before the bill was signed into law, Local 1000 lobbied for and made sure that language was included that prevents state worker layoffs in those offices. 

Update: Reclassification

The DMV reclassification team is on schedule to finish their work in Spring 2013.

Next steps of the reclassification effort were discussed during a meeting held with the Local 1000 reclassification team, DMV management and the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) on August 17. Currently, CalHR is reviewing the Unit 1 and Unit 4 job classification changes as proposed by the Local 1000 DMV reclassification team and DMV. 

Member survey sheds light on PLP usage

90.6% of DMV workers surveyed prefer a fixed day off each month

Although the Personal Leave Program (PLP) 2012 was negotiated to give employees maximum flexibility when taking their time off, operational needs of DMV and the needs of the public are getting in the way of scheduling those days off. 

"Frustration levels are rising at DMV, as our members are finding it very difficult to schedule that time off. When we negotiated for the PLP days, we knew that changes might happen depending on the department," said Local 1000 President Yvonne R. Walker. "We need to do what is best for our members, and if that means setting a day each month to close the field offices, that's what needs to happen." 

Uniform "Expectations Memo" Circulated after Local 1000 push-back

65 memos reduced to one, unfair expectations dropped

On July 11, 2012, an updated and standardized "expectations memo" was distributed by DMV to statewide offices that included many of the suggestions brought forth by the Local 1000 DMV team.

As reported in the April 2012 edition of DMVLine, 65 variations of the memo had begun to circulate to offices in September 2011. Many of the guidelines in the memos were unfair and unrealistic, including the requirement to raise your hand to use the restroom, the inability to ask a coworker for technical assistance and the inability to dictate personal development days.

Fresno phone bankers reach out to voters

Our political volunteer network continues to grow, contacting Central Valley voters

fresno_phone_bank_web.jpgAll over California, Local 1000 members and staff are kicking their political efforts into high gear, and the word is spreading about their success and need for even more volunteers.

"These are issues we all feel passionately about, and it was exciting to see everyone in action with such a sense of urgency," said Larry Vallejo, a Bargaining Unit 4 DMV employee from Fresno. "Time is critical, we need to get the message out now so people are better informed when they vote."

Vallejo was part of one of the largest efforts in the state as 80 members, staff, friends and family members spent their evening calling voters on Aug. 29 in Fresno.