COVID-19 Resources


SEIU Local 1000 COVID-19 Resources

SEIU Local 1000 has been in regular communication with Governor Newsom’s administration, CalHR, and state departments to ensure that CDPH and CDC guidelines are being followed and that our members’ health and safety are at the forefront of decision-making during this time of crisis.

We have developed a set of principles to guide our conversations with the various state agencies and departments. These principles reflect our purpose, our values, and our fundamental belief that employers should:

  • Protect employees from financial hardship during a time of crisis
  • Develop and implement telework policies and flexible work schedules wherever possible
  • Provide employees the necessary equipment to do our jobs and the proper environment to remain safe in the process
  • Communicate regularly and often with employees to educate, empower, and reduce the spread of the virus

These principles are guiding our discussions and engagement with CalHR and state departments. As a result of our discussions, CalHR has issued updated guidance as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, which you can find on the top right-hand side of the screen.

Online Resources: We will be regularly updating this page with relevant information for SEIU Local 1000 members.

Member Resource Center: We are adapting our Member Resource Center (MRC) operation to be able to respond to all of the calls in this environment. Members will be able to leave a message at 866.471.7348 which will be routed and responded to directly from the appropriate person inside the organization. Those calls will be responded to during normal MRC hours of Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Click here to view the Guidance for SEIU Local 1000 Members.
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There are resources available to supplement what departments are providing and to educate our members and the public on the most up-to-date information concerning COVID-19.

Employment Development Department – Direct Lines for State Workers

Disability Insurance for State Employees: 1-866-352-7675

Paid Family Leave for State Employees: 1-877-945-4747

FAQ on Eligibility for Disability, Unemployment, and Paid Family Leave

Public Health Guidance (California Department of Public Health)

Guidance on Gathering in English and en Espanol

COVID-19 Daily Updates and Additional Resources

Daily News Releases

Additional Benefits for Workers (Labor and Workforce Development Agency)

COVID-19 Resource Page

Worker Benefits Summary Chart


Member Story – Vanessa Seastrong
Member leader Vanessa Seastrong says “We should act like everyone has the virus” and protect ourselves

Vanessa Seastrong is a Registered Nurse and one of the healthcare professionals in the state who’s working inside the wire at Patton State Hospital, providing care for patients while striving to keep herself, her colleagues, and her patients as safe and healthy as possible.

Normally, Vanessa works in the specialty clinic, where contract doctors provide treatment for as many as 60 patients each day. Now, the clinic is closed for all but emergency treatment in an effort to minimize patient movement — and risky exposure.