DDSD Stewards Organize to Force Formation of JLMC
Disability Determination Service Division forced to accept JLMCs
By enforcing our 2013 contract, a determined group of stewards has forced their division of the Department of Social Services (DSS) to accept joint labor management committees (JLMC) statewide and at all of its regional offices.
Local 1000 fought for JLMCs through a stewards’ grievance, affirmed by CalHR in a March 10 decision entitling 1200 DSS employees in the Disability Determination Service Division (DDSD) to actively participate in workplace change.
This development represents a cultural shift by DDSD management, who have resisted JLMCs for years. With this victory, Local 1000 members gain workplace power and force management to be more responsive.
Contract strengthens JLMCs
Our 2013 contract strengthens the language to require that all state agencies form a JLMC when members petition for the committee. JLMCs in other departments have already proven to be an effective way to address workplace issues in a less confrontational way with management.
“The JLMC process has proven to be one of our most effective tools for representation in the workplace,” said Tamekia N. Robinson, vice president for organizing/representation.
If you have questions about the JLMC process, call the Member Resource Center at 866.471.SEIU (7348).