Member vs. Non-member: Representation and Benefits

Article published on august 26, 2022

SEIU Local 1000 represents nearly 100,000 state employees, both members and non-members alike. As our membership grows, our Union becomes stronger, and more state employees are taking advantage of the benefits that come with membership.

That begins with being part of a union that negotiates for our contract, and enforcing that contract is a Local 1000 priority.

However, when management violates our contract, or one of our represented employees faces discipline or other job-related issues, there are differences in the type of support and representation offered to Union members vs. non-members. Here are some examples:

Member Benefits: Comprehensive Representation

  • Legal representation
  • Assistance in contractual & non-contractual related issues
  • Discipline appeals to State Personnel Board (SPB)
  • Rejection on probation appeals to SPB
  • Merit appeals to SPB
  • AWOL appeals to CalHR


Additional Member Benefits Include:

  • Insurance & assistance services
  • Affordable group rates & discounts
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Purchasing Power
  • Home loans
  • Leadership & career development opportunities
  • A voice and a vote on negotiating your contract

Non-Member Representation

  • You only receive assistance in contract-related issues, such as grievances and arbitration
  • One-time union representation provided if you have an initial investigatory interview
  • No representation in discipline, rejection on probation, merit or AWOL appeals

If you have questions about membership, contact your local Job Steward or call the SEIU Local 1000 Member Resource Center (MRC) at 866.471.SEIU (7348).

“Stronger Together” isn’t just a slogan

In less than one year, the working conditions, wages and benefits of Local 1000 employees will be governed by a new contract—our current contract expires on June 30, 2023—and preparations are already underway by our bargaining teams to build negotiating strength.

That negotiating strength comes from you. This is where power in numbers makes a difference.

“With only 53% membership, the State can treat us any way they want,” said Board Chair Bill Hall.  Through an aggressive membership campaign, Local 1000 is targeting 64% membership by March, 2023, when formal negotiations are likely to begin.

You can make a difference.  Our power to make change, to improve our pay, our benefits and our working conditions comes from your membership.

Not a member? Want to win a better contract? Click here to join Local 1000 today.