The shared goals of labor and the gay rights movement

With a shared goal of enabling workers to live and work with dignity, there’s been a close linkage between the American labor movement and the Gay Rights movement that stretches back more than 80 years, and the struggle for equality has shown some dramatic results.


DMV workers fight back outsourcing bill

When a bill threatened to outsource the work of Local 1000 DMV workers, our DMV HEAT team took action in their workplaces, lobbied legislators at the Capitol and made calls to legislators against the proposed law.  Their quick action resulted in the bill being modified by the author and subsequently by the Assembly Appropriations  Committee. 

The bill (AB 301) sought to reduce the severe backlog in availability of commercial driver license skills test appointments at DMV by outsourcing the work to third parties.


Gov. Brown signs our contract
A Message from President Yvonne R. Walker:

Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 28 (Pan), the bill authorizing the Memorandum of Understanding between the state and SEIU Local 1000, our union representing 96,000 employees, about 40% of the state’s workforce.

The deal was reached between the state and Local 1000 on Dec. 3, 2016, after eight months at the bargaining table and just two days before an impending strike.


Tentative Agreement Moves to Assembly

In a big step forward, our Tentative Agreement (Senate Bill 28) cleared the Senate on Feb. 17 with a 26-7 vote. 

Our TA cleared two previous hurdles earlier in February by being approved by two Senate committees. 

The bill now moves to the Assembly. SB 28 will first be heard in the Assembly Budget committee on March 2 upon adjournment of the Assembly floor hearing that day. The bill will be voted on by the Assembly floor at a future date, then on to the governor’s desk for his signature. 


Tentative Agreement making way through Legislature

Our Tentative Agreement cleared two hurdles this week as it makes its way through the Legislature and closer to the Governor’s desk.

Vice President for Bargaining Margarita Maldonado testified before two Senate committees in support of our agreement, and both committees voted to move the TA forward.

Speaking on Feb. 6, Maldonado told the Senate Public Employees and Retirement Committee that we represent about 40% of California’s total state employees and provide a broad range of valuable services to California and our communities.


Members Champion Workers’ Issues at Capitol

Our efforts to fight for social and economic justice for workers—and all Californians—has led to the successful passage of four different bills in the Legislature that will change the lives of our members, our families and our communities.

The four bills—which are now awaiting the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown—will enhance retirement security, streamline civil service procedures, prohibit the dangerous practice of mandatory overtime for nurses and nursing assistants, and offer union representation to state employees who work in the judicial system.


New law expands role of Unit 3 librarians
Local 1000-supported bill expands commitment to inmate rehabilitation

Our 2015 legislative agenda—a yearlong effort to make politics matter for our members and all Californians—was capped this week when Gov. Brown signed the Local 1000-supported Senate Bill 343 into law.

Titled “CDCR Librarians and Inmate Community College Incentives,” the new law adds Unit 3 librarians to the CDCR rehabilitation team and reflects their role in preparing prison inmates for successful parole. The bill also adds incentives for the completion of two- and four-year college degrees.


Two Local 1000-supported bills await governor’s signature

Two Local-1000 sponsored bills are on the governor’s desk, awaiting signature before the October 11 deadline. Four other bills supported by the union are on a two-year track as Local 1000 continues to push an aggressive legislative agenda.

“We’re making politics matter for our members by driving legislation that affects our lives at work and in our communities,” said Yvonne R. Walker, Local 1000 president. “We’re demonstrating the power of our membership at the Capitol.


Legislators hear Local 1000 issues direct from members on Lobby Day
Making politics matter at the capitol

Local 1000 activists went to the Capitol on August 26 to lobby on behalf of our members.

Representing worksites and DLCs from across the state, the members brought our issues to legislators through face-to-face conversations. Making these personal connections ensures that the people who make laws understand the real consequences of their decisions on the working people of California.

The member-lobbyists received training in the morning and then traveled to the Capitol with an important goal: show lawmakers that politics matter to Local 1000 members.


Members move legislation at the Capitol
Local 1000-backed bills moving towards the governor’s desk

A team of Local 1000 member activists are at the Capitol today to talk face-to-face with lawmakers and their staff in support of bills sponsored or backed by Local 1000.

Politics is one of the important ways that our union brings change to our members’ lives. We maximize our impact at the Capitol by empowering members to lobby on issues they have identified as priorities.


Members join the fight for child care reform
Parent and provider activists rally at the Capitol in final push for child care reform bill

Parents and providers pushing for substantive relief in the state’s child care system are closer than ever to real reform and showed solidarity at a June 3 rally at the Capitol in a final push for SB 548, the Raising Child Care Quality and Accessibility Act.

Sponsored by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, SB 548 seeks to fix California’s child care system and break the cycle of poverty caused by lack of quality, affordable care for families


Local 1000-sponsored bills all clear committee hurdles
Legislation on overtime, outsourcing, librarians, disciplinary process and rehiring practices

All six Local 1000-sponsored bills cleared key legislative committees this week, including a bill to force the state to stop laying off workers and replacing them with private contractors.

“Our legislative agenda has gotten through the first set of hurdles,” said Local 1000 President Yvonne R. Walker. “We have a lot more work to do to ensure these bills all get through the Legislature and are signed by the governor. We need our members to step up and actively support these important pieces of legislation.”


Prison librarian bill gains legislative support
Member testimony boosts bill to increase librarian involvement in education, rehab

 A bill to expand the role of prison librarians passed a key legislative committee with strong bipartisan support after Unit 3 members worked statewide to rally support for the legislation.

The Senate Public Safety Committee passed SB 343 on April 21 with bipartisan support. The bill, carried by Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), would enhance literacy programs for prison inmates by expanding the role of prison libraries and librarians. The bill would also expand the incentives for inmates to complete college degrees.

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Pension Cutters Hope California Ballot Measure Could Start A Domino Effect

Jon Coupal is nothing if not blunt when he describes one motive behind a Ventura County ballot measure that would replace the “defined benefit” pensions currently enjoyed by county employees and replace them with 401(k)-type plans for all future hires.


Fighting for a diverse state workforce

Local 1000 presses legislature for flexibility in transfers to improve upward mobility and diversity

The state of California needs to improve enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, remove bureaucratic roadblocks that slow the upward mobility of workers and make other changes to help diversify the state’s workforce, according to testimony at a legislative hearing from Local 1000 and the allied State Employees Civil Rights Coalition.