Welcome! This will be a new and, most likely, long-running
section of the Local 1000 Union Update newsletter.
For too long Local 1000 has been shrouded in opaqueness. This
ends now. One of the main reasons for this policy change is to
help inform the employees represented by this Union, because
informed represented employees become engaged dues-paying
One of the last acts by outgoing President Walker, on June 30,
was to not renew the full-time union leave for the Bargaining
Unit Chairs. By ending their union leave, it automatically
triggered a disabling of their email and by default impeded the
ability of the statewide chairs to fulfill their duties.
The next day, July 1, this issue was brought to my attention
during the first steward call. Upon receiving this information BU
Chairs were given immediate and full access to their email.
Despite many stories, it wasn’t me who canceled union leave or
denied BU Chairs access to their email.
Much of this confusion could have been avoided had the outgoing
President made an honorable effort at a smooth transition instead
of waiting until the eleventh hour to hand over the reins.
This sets the record straight.
Richard Louis Brown
SEIU Local 1000