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Statement from President Yvonne R. Walker on Tragic Loss of Fellow Member, Si Si Han

Our SEIU Local 1000 family is mourning the loss of one of our own, Si Si Han, because of a tragic workplace accident. Not only did she serve our state with distinction for 10+ years, she was also a wife, mother, and friend to so many of us. Our deepest condolences go out to Si Si’s family, coworkers and all those who knew her.


Governor Brown signs bill allowing Judicial Council employees right to unionize

For Immediate Release

Jerry Jimenez
Communications Director
SEIU Local 1000
(916) 554-1215

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Governor Brown signed a bill last night that will allow Judicial Council employees the right to join a union.

AB 83 (Santiago), The Judicial Council Employer-Employee Relations Act, is sponsored by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000.


Statement from President Yvonne R. Walker and SEIU Local 1000 in defense of DACA and solidarity with Dreamers

SEIU Local 1000 stands in solidarity with Dreamers and in defense of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Their fight is our fight.

Through DACA, 800,000 Dreamers have taken their place in our communities without fear of reprisal.

The current administration’s decision to end DACA is an attack on the American Dream and on hardworking families who aspire to achieve it.

They are college students and workers who make countless contributions as they pursue the American Dream. This is the only home they know.

Publication Letter to the Editor - Sacramento Bee

IT workers
Re “Tech workers are fleeing state government. Would raises tempt them to stay?”

(State Worker, Aug. 4): Adam Ashton’s 4 article shines a much-needed light on a chronic problem. State IT workers and managersare underpaid no less than 30 percent compared to their peers in county and federal governments. One in five state IT workers left for private lucrative opportunities. I fault elected officials and CalHR for failing to develop and implement an effective and transparent strategic plan for attracting and retaining a skilled IT Workforce.


Statement on Charlottesville, VA Events

We condemn in the strongest terms the violent and hateful actions by white supremacists this past weekend in Charlottesville, VA. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

The beliefs and acts of these bigoted domestic terrorists run directly opposed to the values of our union – inclusion, respect and equality. We thank our national, state and local leaders who have spoken out and stand with us against those who seek to divide us with hateful rhetoric and acts of violence. This is not the time to remain silent.

We are stronger together.

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Report reveals state spent $2.5 billion on third-party IT contracts
Reforms could save California more than $700 million per year


July 26, 2017

Jerry Jimenez
SEIU Local 1000 Communications Director
(916) 554-1215


Press release

Governor signs SEIU Local 1000 contract


Jerry Jimenez
Communications Director
SEIU Local 1000

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 28 (Pan), the bill authorizing the Memorandum of Understanding between the state and SEIU Local 1000, the union representing 96,000 employees, about 40% of the state’s workforce.


I’m a nurse. And I’m terrified of what Republicans are planning to do to Medicaid.

Republicans are proposing to repeal healthcare and gut Medicaid, a scary proposition for Rita Lewis, a public health nurse and member of our union.

When she was in nursing school, she relied on Medicaid to cover the prenatal care and deliveries of her two children and worries for the countless patients she’s cared for in her 25 years of nursing, “I know firsthand that seniors, children, veterans, and individuals with disabilities could not gain a foothold on a healthy life without it.”

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State’s unlawful conduct triggers strike
Local 1000 announces December 5th as strike day

Contact: Mike Roth

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – SEIU Local 1000 members gave the state notice today that they will strike on Monday, Dec. 5 in protest of the state’s unlawful conduct and egregious unfair labor practices during contract bargaining.

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Local 1000 members authorize strike
Good faith bargaining, gender pay equity at stake

Following on the heels of a CalHR report that raised the alarm on gender pay equity in California State employment, members of SEIU Local 1000, the largest state union representing 95,000 state workers, have voted with an overwhelming 92% ‘Yes’ vote to authorize any and all concerted actions, up to and including a strike, in support of contract negotiations.


Governor Brown’s Signature on SB 1234 (De León) Marks Biggest Expansion of Retirement Opportunity in Generations

Sacramento, CA – Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in California praised California’s leadership in establishing a voluntary retirement savings plan for millions of private-sector, home-based and self-employed workers.   The Secure Choice plan signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown will make more than seven million Californians eligible to save for retirement through payroll deductions, with accounts that follow them throughout their working years.  


California School for the Deaf (CSD) families, faculty demand leadership resignation

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson cited for ignoring crisis at California School for the Deaf: Culture of fear and retaliation results in declining enrollment and high staff turnover.

Action scheduled for Friday, Aug. 19


Assembly Appropriations Committee Strikes Blow Against Elder Poverty, Moves Forward with Secure Choice Retirement for Private Sector Workforce

Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement today after the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed SB 1234 (De León). The bill would implement a new retirement investment plan that would help alleviate a looming epidemic of poverty among California seniors by providing a way for private sector workers to save for retirement through automatic paycheck contributions.

Yvonne R. Walker, President, SEIU Local 1000 said:


SEIU Local 1000 Vice President Tamekia N. Robinson appointed to California Pay Equity Task Force

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - SEIU Local 1000, the largest union of California state employees, is proud to announce that the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) has appointed SEIU 1000 Vice President for Organizing/Representation Tamekia N. Robinson to the California Pay Equity Task Force.

The task force is charged with exploring the issue of gender pay equity by engaging diverse interests and facilitating ongoing dialogue between employees, employers, policymakers and other stakeholders on this critical economic issue.


SEIU endorses Hillary Clinton for president
SEIU Local 1000 members: Clinton supports our movement to build a better future for working families

VIDEO: Watch SEIU members speak about why they support Hillary Clinton

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA—After members conducted a rigorous endorsement process for the past several months, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, calling her a leader who will stand up for the working moms and dads building a movement to secure a better future for their families.

Press release

Council Meeting Summary

Local 1000’s 63-member Board of Directors met for two days in Los Angeles, to continue performing a comprehensive review of the union’s Policy File­—the document that guides the operation and governance of Local 1000.

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President Walker testifies on state worker health plans

President Walker testifies on state worker health plans

Local 1000 President Yvonne R. Walker testified before a special joint legislative committee March 18, 2015, on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal that CalPERS offer public retirees high-deductible health plans.

“We think that high-deductible plans are a very bad thing,” said Walker, who stated that such health plans do not result in cost savings, they merely shift the costs to retirees. She also discussed alternatives to improve the health of state workers without changing their health plans that would result in lower healthcare costs.

Article YVONNE R. WALKERPublished on

Wall Street about to win in Stockton at expense of middle class

A federal bankruptcy judge in Sacramento has announced his intention to ignore years of legal precedent in the city of Stockton bankruptcy case.

Some claim his decision may open the door for cities around the country to use bankruptcy as a tool to undercut retirement security for public employees. His decision is bad for public employees, for citizens in these cash-strapped cities and for the retirement security of our aging population.

Article ERYN BALDRICA-GUYThe Fresno Bee

West Fresno group says more money needed for high-speed rail job training

Church and community leaders from southwest Fresno said Monday they want to see more money from the state’s high-speed rail project devoted to helping unemployed Central Valley residents get the training they need to work on the project.

They plan to make their case Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the California High-Speed Rail Authority board in Sacramento.


Residents Meet to discuss High Speed Rail Authority Jobs

For many in the Valley .. the controversial High Speed Rail Project represents out of control spending and a waste of taxpayer dollars. 

But, for a group of West Fresnans, it represents something else entirely, chance for a brighter economic future, for potential workers and their families.

They came together Monday night and are getting ready to take their message to the State Capitol.