Your Right to Take Action

Article published on June 23, 2023

We are sitting down with the State and negotiating a contract that respects, protects, and pays every member of the state’s workforce. After receiving the State’s unacceptably low counter-offer, we are focused on ensuring our members’ needs are met. We are making a serious demand at the table, so we need the support of workers across the state in all of our represented units. State workers need to know their rights to stand up and tell the State that this offer will not stand.

Taking action to protect our rights and to win a new contract involves the most fundamental rights union workers have on the job: the right to collective action and the benefits and protections afforded by union workers.

As union workers, we are protected by provisions in our contract, by California State law, and by Federal law. If you are ever prevented from exercising your right to participate in any way, contact your Local 1000 job steward or the Member Resource Center (MRC) at 866.471.SEIU (7348).

You have a right to take action in support of SEIU Local 1000! Here are some ways you can use that right to fight for what you deserve:

Express your Union Beliefs
Your right to support the union and to express pro-union opinions to other employees and to management. (Government Code section 3512 et seq. – “Dills Act”)

Wear your Union Colors
Your right to wear buttons and stickers and to wear union clothing. (Dills Act)

Display Union Materials
Your right to post and display union materials inside your workspace. (Dills Act)

Distribute Union Materials
Your right to distribute union materials during non-work time. (Contract Article 2.4)

Post Union Materials
Your right to display union materials on appropriate bulletin boards. (Contract Article 2.4)

Attend Union Meetings
Your right to attend union meetings on non-work time. (Contract Article 2.5 and Dills Act)

Picket and Demonstrate
Your right to picket or demonstrate in support of the union during non-work time. (Dills Act)

Know Your Rights: Use the Contract Search Tool
Our contract contains hundreds of articles that govern our wages, benefits, and working conditions. You can learn more about those rights in an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly search tool, available at contract.seiu1000.or