Our efforts to fight for social and economic justice for workers—and all Californians—has led to the successful passage of four different bills in the Legislature that will change the lives of our members, our families and our communities.
The four bills—which are now awaiting the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown—will enhance retirement security, streamline civil service procedures, prohibit the dangerous practice of mandatory overtime for nurses and nursing assistants, and offer union representation to state employees who work in the judicial system.
Our 2015 legislative agenda—a yearlong effort to make politics matter for our members and all Californians—was capped this week when Gov. Brown signed the Local 1000-supported Senate Bill 343 into law.
Titled “CDCR Librarians and Inmate Community College Incentives,” the new law adds Unit 3 librarians to the CDCR rehabilitation team and reflects their role in preparing prison inmates for successful parole. The bill also adds incentives for the completion of two- and four-year college degrees.
Two Local-1000 sponsored bills are on the governor’s desk, awaiting signature before the October 11 deadline. Four other bills supported by the union are on a two-year track as Local 1000 continues to push an aggressive legislative agenda.
“We’re making politics matter for our members by driving legislation that affects our lives at work and in our communities,” said Yvonne R. Walker, Local 1000 president. “We’re demonstrating the power of our membership at the Capitol.
Local 1000 activists went to the Capitol on August 26 to lobby on behalf of our members.
Representing worksites and DLCs from across the state, the members brought our issues to legislators through face-to-face conversations. Making these personal connections ensures that the people who make laws understand the real consequences of their decisions on the working people of California.
The member-lobbyists received training in the morning and then traveled to the Capitol with an important goal: show lawmakers that politics matter to Local 1000 members.
A team of Local 1000 member activists are at the Capitol today to talk face-to-face with lawmakers and their staff in support of bills sponsored or backed by Local 1000.
Politics is one of the important ways that our union brings change to our members’ lives. We maximize our impact at the Capitol by empowering members to lobby on issues they have identified as priorities.
Parents and providers pushing for substantive relief in the state’s child care system are closer than ever to real reform and showed solidarity at a June 3 rally at the Capitol in a final push for SB 548, the Raising Child Care Quality and Accessibility Act.
Sponsored by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, SB 548 seeks to fix California’s child care system and break the cycle of poverty caused by lack of quality, affordable care for families
All six Local 1000-sponsored bills cleared key legislative committees this week, including a bill to force the state to stop laying off workers and replacing them with private contractors.
“Our legislative agenda has gotten through the first set of hurdles,” said Local 1000 President Yvonne R. Walker. “We have a lot more work to do to ensure these bills all get through the Legislature and are signed by the governor. We need our members to step up and actively support these important pieces of legislation.”
A bill to expand the role of prison librarians passed a key legislative committee with strong bipartisan support after Unit 3 members worked statewide to rally support for the legislation.
The Senate Public Safety Committee passed SB 343 on April 21 with bipartisan support. The bill, carried by Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), would enhance literacy programs for prison inmates by expanding the role of prison libraries and librarians. The bill would also expand the incentives for inmates to complete college degrees.
Jon Coupal is nothing if not blunt when he describes one motive behind a Ventura County ballot measure that would replace the “defined benefit” pensions currently enjoyed by county employees and replace them with 401(k)-type plans for all future hires.
Local 1000 presses legislature for flexibility in transfers to improve upward mobility and diversity
The state of California needs to improve enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, remove bureaucratic roadblocks that slow the upward mobility of workers and make other changes to help diversify the state’s workforce, according to testimony at a legislative hearing from Local 1000 and the allied State Employees Civil Rights Coalition.