April 15, 2022


An Important Message for Employees Not Enrolled in a CalPERS Health Plan

The $260 monthly “health care stipend” paid to SEIU Local 1000-represented workers who are not currently enrolled in a CalPERS health plan ends effective with the July 2022 pay period.

The end of this benefit (only for those not currently enrolled in a CalPERS health plan) is in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the Personal Leave Program (PLP) 2020 Side Letter.

If you are a state worker represented by Local 1000 and enrolled in a CalPERS health plan, you will continue to receive the $260 benefit through June 2023.


Know Your Rights: Holiday Leaves

Your Local 1000 union contract contains hundreds of articles governing your hard-earned rights, including wages, benefits and working conditions. This overview explains how our 100,000 represented state workers are entitled to 11 observed holidays and how you’re paid for those holidays, should you be required to work on one of those days.

Premium Holidays 

Employees who work any of these six holidays will be paid at 1.5 times their regular rate of pay and will also earn up to 8 hours of holiday credit. 


Applications for Job Steward Fast Track Training Now Being Accepted

We are now accepting applications for LAPS FastTrack, the SEIU Local 1000 Job Steward Training Program which will begin this summer, and we invite you to apply to become a Job Steward. 

If you are interested in becoming a Job Steward*, please submit your application packet ASAP to laps@seiu1000.org

The following steps are required for admission to the program:

  • Complete the Job Steward application, click here.
    Pay careful attention to the questions that ask for your unique perspective, especially regarding the Purpose Statement. SEIU Local 1000 leaders are known for their diverse talents and interests. Use this application to describe who you are, your values and strengths, and what you will bring to the Local. Please give thought to the values expressed in the Purpose Statement and share how they relate to your own values, goals, and passions. The Purpose Statement can be found on our website.
  • Obtain TWO (2) letters of recommendation, written by your coworkers in the office/unit/floor/etc. that you would represent if you became a Job Steward. The letters should outline why these individuals believe you would be successful as a Job Steward. Outside recommendations from family members, supervisors, and state workers not represented by SEIU Local 1000 are not acceptable. Template letters are also not acceptable.
  • Gather TWENTY-FIVE (25) signatures from your coworkers who support you becoming a Job Steward. Use the petition form found here

It is helpful (though not necessary) to have a current Job Steward, officer, member leader, or union staff member submit a recommendation on your behalf.

Send your completed application, letters of recommendation, and completed petition to laps@seiu1000.org 

If you have any questions or need more information, email laps@seiu1000.org

*In order to be a Job Steward, you must be a member of SEIU Local 1000. If you are not currently a member, please click here to complete the membership application prior to submitting your Job Steward application packet.


Bargaining Unit 15 Members Take Action with 3 Statewide Joint Labor Management Committees

One of our most powerful tools to solve workplace issues is the Joint Labor Management Committee (JLMC). It’s an opportunity to work directly with the boss to address specific or ongoing issues at the worksite level or even on a statewide basis.

It’s a right granted to us in our contract, and JLMCs are most commonly used to make changes in workload, productivity, and the recruitment and retention of employees.

Our Members in Bargaining Unit 15 have recently launched three different statewide JLMCs: