July 12, 2021

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Common Ground Nowhere to Be Found
From the desk of President Brown

On Tuesday, July 6, President Richard Louis Brown called the first emergency council meeting of the Board of Directors (BOD) under his leadership. On the agenda were two proposals; one, granting full-time union leave for the three statewide vice presidents and, two, providing financial support for our union brothers and sisters working at the California Correctional Center (CCC) in Susanville.

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Setting the Record Straight

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 members!

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
President
SEIU Local 1000

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Local 1000 nets $600,000 for 2500 IT workers in Reclass Settlement

SEIU Local 1000 and the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) have settled a claim at the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB). This claim was filed by the Union to recover unpaid wages for IT workers as a result of the State’s IT Reclass in 2018, which fundamentally changed IT worker job titles, classifications and promotional structure. Local 1000 held the State accountable and fought for all the pay that was negotiated during the consolidation.