Bargaining Unit 15 Food Service JLMC Update


On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, our Union’s Bargaining Unit 15 Statewide Food Service Joint Labor Management Committee (JLMC) had its first meeting with the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR), Department of State Hospitals (DSH), Department of Developmental Services (DDS), California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet), and California Department of Education (CDE) to address issues Food Service Workers are experiencing across the state. We covered the following issues:

  • Short staffing and hiring practices
  • Cross covering
  • Overtime distribution

This was the first Food Service JLMC meeting and is one of several to be scheduled throughout 2022. This meeting laid groundwork with the departments for fruitful future meetings and also to build a collaborative environment to seek real solutions. 

“Some of the questions we asked and the issues we raised appeared eye opening to the departments based on the questions they asked in response, such as strategies to addressing short staffing issues throughout the pandemic which are continuing today. I am hopeful bringing this to their attention will lead to real change.” ~ Lisa Bocast, Food Service JLMC Chair

If you are Food Service Worker having issues, please reach out with your concerns by contacting either the SEIU Local 1000 Member Resource Center (MRC) at 866.471.7348 (SEIU) or the Bargaining Unit 15 inbox  at

The Food Service JLMC team is led by Lisa Bocast along with Jesse Aranda, Garth Underwood and Eric Murray.