October 12, 2021

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Behind Closed Doors
Anti-Union Insurrectionists Seek to Overturn Election

President Richard Louis Brown continues to fight for the represented members of Local 1000 by enforcing the contract and bringing Governor Newsom’s representatives to the bargaining table to negotiate issues like COVID protocols and a statewide telework agreement.

This past weekend we were reminded of how hard it is to break away from a union culture that is firmly entrenched in shutting out the majority of people they claim to represent. 

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Union Wins Discipline Protection in Vaccine Verification Battle

When the Governor announced a mandatory vaccine verification policy in a press release on July 26, 2021—without notifying the Union—and the State told the Union it was directing departments to start implementing new vaccine verification requirements, SEIU Local 1000 President Richard Louis Brown fought back. The Union immediately filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) asking for expedited action.  PERB granted the expedited action request and issued a Complaint charging the State of California with bad faith bargaining.

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Financial Accountability and Transparency Starts at the Top

SEIU Local 1000 President Richard Louis Brown is fulfilling his campaign promise by eliminating salary stipends for himself and the three statewide vice presidents. The voluntary action of our statewide leaders will save our union more than $144,000 annually.

This move towards fiscal responsibility and transparent accountability is part of President Brown’s 10-point platform and demonstrates a commitment to creating a new way of financial spending that doesn’t include politics or non-germane activities.

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Announcing the Return of the Fast Track Leadership Apprenticeship Program for Stewards (LAPS)

Job Stewards are the foundation and the power behind our union; they connect members to their union and to one another, amplify member voices in the workplace and in the community, and ensure that no workplace is without fair representation. That is why, after an 18-month gap, SEIU Local 1000 is bringing back the Leadership Apprentice Program for Stewards (LAPS) in a new and improved format. The Fast Track LAPS Program will be more cost effective, faster, and provide job stewards with the skills and connections necessary to hit the ground running.

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Enforcing our Contract for All Represented Employees is a Union Priority

When one of our Unit 15 custodians was reprimanded about the state of his route by a supervisor in the open and in front of other people, it violated our contract’s language that these types of meetings should be held in private.

Our custodian had been off for the previous two days and was just returning to work. What’s more, it wasn’t even this custodian’s supervisor but one from another area in the building. This supervisor chose not to talk to the custodian’s direct supervisor even when asked.