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.
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)
COVID-19 Daily Updates and Additional Resources
Additional Benefits for Workers (Labor and Workforce Development Agency)
Please join SEIU Local 1000 President, Yvonne Walker on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. for a Member Tele-Town Hall.
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With the closure of restaurants and bars across the state, the unemployment office has been under unprecedented pressure to meet the demands of processing an ever-growing number of claims from newly unemployed workers. These workers, often without unions and benefits, make up a large portion of California’s economy, and ensuring their applications are processed in a timely matter often means ensuring they can make rent, refill prescriptions, and keep food on the table.
“It’s very fluid and hectic,” said Irene Green, an SEIU Local 1000 member and employee at the EDD office in Sacramento. “Things are changing on a daily basis, including our work hours, and we have to be very flexible and understanding.”