Contract Enforcement Wins for Members – protecting our hard-earned rights

Article published on october 21, 2022

Our Contract contains hundreds of hard-earned provisions that govern our pay and our working conditions. When management fails to comply with Contract language, our members, our Job Stewards, and our Union Resource Center join forces to ensure our rights.

Win – DMV Scheduling “Secrecy” Ended

A DMV branch in our Coastal area was keeping its members in the dark about the vacation scheduling process and employees were not allowed to view vacation calendars. When SEIU Local 1000 pressed with a “Dills Act” request for information, a copy was provided, but the names of the members were blacked out. Management—including DMV’s Labor Relations Chief—inaccurately cited privacy reasons, fearing publishing a full calendar would create angst among members. After filing a grievance and additional efforts by our Union Resource Center, a full calendar was published.

Win – Improper application of leave time

One of our Job Stewards, working at CDPH in Sacramento, was told to log off teleworking several hours before the end of a scheduled shift because the Department’s remote access system was down, and there was no more remote work available.

The Department wanted to charge our member vacation leave for the “inactive” time. Our Union Resource Center (URC) contacted CDPH’s Labor Relations Officer and requested that our steward and other similarly affected employees be paid ATO for the period of inactivity due to remote system issues.

CDPH granted the request, leaving the vacation leave balances of our steward and other members intact.

WIN – Out-of-Class Grievance

Earlier this year, one of our members reached out to the URC for assistance in filing and Out-of-Class grievance, claiming to have been working at the Information Technology Associate level for nearly three years.

The member prepared a desk audit and provided all documents relevant to the claim.  While the claim was researched, the member was placed in a TND assignment as an IT Associate.

Ultimately, the Department agreed with the member, winning not only back pay at the higher rate, but a formal experience credit memo in the member’s personnel file.

Know your rights! Our new Contract is available in digital form online, and is fully searchable, using your phone or your laptop. Find it at