Today SEIU Local 1000 begins a new chapter for financial justice
and a new non-political direction in our labor union. The
policies that fostered an environment of apathetic state
employees have grown stale and no longer serve our best
interests. External strategies designed to make us stronger
together have become too costly, too antiquated, and too
prohibitive to the formation of a cohesive labor organization.
Beginning today, we chart a new course that is inclusive of all
represented state employees. Starting today, we begin the process
to strengthen and grow our union. Beginning today, we will
enforce our collective bargaining contract and I will never
approve of any side letter agreements.
Our strength comes from our collective labor and not from our
political/ social justice divisions. Beginning today, we cease to
be recognized as a political organization and instead, we
exercise our constitutional right of assembly. Today we become a
Beginning today, former job stewards who want to be reinstated
can be. I have signed numerous letters notifying state agencies
of their new onsite job stewards. Any activist state employee who
wants to become a steward can become one.
Over the coming months we will be eliminating or revamping
programs that do not serve our interests. Our Union will become
the model for the rest of the country on what it means to be a
labor organization. We will become stronger, more agile, and
better equipped to represent the 96,000 SEIU Local 1000
The recent Board of Director’s meetings have exposed many in this
Union’s leadership to be mired in identity wars and clinging to
the status quo. Instead of initiating the work they were elected
to do, some would rather point fingers at the incoming President
as the source of the problem. I will not be detoured or devoured
by these distractions. The past is behind us and continuing to
cling to those policies will not move this union forward.
This labor organization is in desperate need of fresh ideas and
innovative decisions. When we engage our represented employees,
we become stronger. When state employees become engaged with
their union, we become stronger. By shining light into the dark,
we will help all represented employees understand how our union
operates. With this new strength and participation comes a
greater perceived value.
More open lines of communication are required to meet these goals
so, beginning today, we will broadcast and record all future
Board of Director’s meetings. Channel 1000 Television will be
brought back. Furthermore, we will be informing all our
membership through our soon-to-be revamped newsletter, emails,
and text messages.
This is an exciting time for our Union. SEIU Local 1000 state
employees are talented and have much to offer. I hope that you
will join with me in helping to remake our labor organization
into the model union I have always known it could be.
I wish you all a happy and safe holiday weekend.
Richard Louis Brown
SEIU Local 1000