Member Representation


Member Representation

When people think of labor unions and their “representation,” they usually think about collective bargaining at the negotiating table, or organizing to represent workers at a particular worksite, or even representing a worker in a grievance or contract enforcement process.

When Local 1000 talks about “representation,” it means all of those things and much more.

When we refer to representation, we are talking about bringing people together based on a common vision of how things should be. We know that people who come together for a common purpose grow power, and it takes power to change anything. Local 1000 understands that our representation at a worksite directly impacts the workplace, but it also ripples out to impact our members’ families and their communities.

For instance, the contract we negotiated for our members allows workers time off to vote, to work the election polls, to participate in established mentoring programs, to donate blood or organ transplants, and to engage in important family activities, among many other things.  Certainly these contract provisions allow our members to hold fruitful and satisfying employment, but they also allow them to live balanced, happy lives, because they can perform their civic duties, physically and emotionally support their families, and raise up their communities toward betterment.

Our representation also extends beyond our members’ lives.  Some of the most important work we do is about representing working families everywhere in their struggles to survive constant attack and their need to be lifted above a system that unfairly diverts prosperity and opportunity to only the most wealthy.


Policy FAQ

SEIU Local 1000 provides member representation in contract violations, disciplinary appeals, AWOL cases, as well as other statutory appeals to the State Personnel Board and CalHR. The Union will follow its Representation Policy, including a case review process which is available on its website.

In contrast, SEIU Local 1000 provides nonmember representation in only those areas required by law. This is generally considered contractual representation, such as grievances and arbitration.


Grievance templates

These templates on our website are to assist you with some of the most common issues in the work place. Contact your worksite steward, chief steward, DLC president, or the Local 1000 resource center before filing any grievance with these templates.

If you have already filed a complaint and need to follow up click here to view the Grievance Tracking Form.


Working out of class and position allocation grievance timeline

A working out-of-class and position allocation grievance situation occurs when an employee spends the majority of his/her time (more than fifty [50%] percent over two [2] weeks) performing duties in a higher existing classification.

This grievance procedure time line pertains to Units 1, 3, 4, 11, 14, 15, 17 and 20.