December 2018 Board of Director Report

The SEIU Local 1000 Board of Directors (BOD) meeting was held December 14 – 16 in San Diego. The SEIU Local 1000 BOD is comprised of the Local 1000 President, Vice President/Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President for Organizing/Representation and Vice President for Bargaining, along with 9 Bargaining Unit Chairs and 50 District Labor Council (DLC) Presidents.

President Yvonne R. Walker opened the meeting with a vision of fighting for Economic Justice in California. There is no reason why any Californian should not have access to affordable housing, medical, education and more. “California has the 5th largest economy, we don’t have a cash problem, we have a distribution problem. We have a choice to lead our state to a place where there is no income equality, no child will go hungry, and nobody retires into poverty.”  President Walker also reminded us the power to make change is most successful when we do it as a team.

The business conducted at this meeting began Friday evening when members of our nine Human Rights (HR) committees came together to receive training and begin planning for 2019. The HR committees also discussed how they want to engage more members, build leaders and create different vehicles to communicate including social media and events. Stay connected via our website. Here’s a list of our SEIU Local 1000 HR committees.

Asian-Pacific Islander;
Lavender (LGBTQI);
State Workers with Disabilities;
Veterans Committee; and
Women’s Empowerment Committee

In our August BOD meeting, and in accordance with our New Normal (in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Janus decision), the BOD unanimously voted to move to a one-year budget. At this meeting the BOD voted nearly unanimously (59-1) to approve the 2019 budget for SEIU Local 1000. The 2019 budget reflects reduced revenue from the Janus decision and a balanced approach in order to continue developing member leaders and growing union membership. As an organization we are currently in good fiscal health. Under President Walker’s leadership she has lead the planning and preparation for the Janus decision to ensure our finances are stable, including a savings reserve to fill any critical gaps.

The BOD also received a report of our annual financial audit. An independent accounting firm conducted a comprehensive review of our financial statements and opined that our reports are presented fairly, and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. In other words, Local 1000’s financial reporting received a “clean” audit opinion.

This BOD was the most recent meeting since the Board members adopted the Five-Five-Five accountability program—where members of the BOD agreed to recruit five new members, five new COPE contributors and five new recommitments per month. Charts were available on Sunday for Board members to review their progress.

The BOD passed two agenda items:

  1. Approved the integration of the two State Bar bargaining units into the SEIU Local 1000 governance structure, which includes the creation of a new DLC President and BUNC representative on the Board of Directors. The State Bar will also allow an alternate bargaining structure, separate and distinct from the contract we negotiate for our nine existing bargaining units. All changes will start upon certification from the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB). We have been in a working relationship with the State Bar employees for over 10 years, as we’ve been providing representation to them through a service agreement. This motion passed unanimously

    As a matter of background, the Policy File motion approved at the last BOD meeting in August authorized inclusion of non-civil service units.
  2. A motion was brought forward to realign a worksite to ensure member representation. The worksite is an EDD office located at 110 S. La Brea Ave, 3rd Floor, Inglewood, CA 90301. This worksite will move from DLC 723 to DLC 722.  This change will go into effect immediately. The motion passed unanimously.

Follow up from previous meeting

In accordance with the amended policy file changes (governing member vs. non-member representation) made in August, all stewards were given the opportunity to receive training on the changes and conduct representation accordingly.  Our legal and union resource center team provided multiple webinars for stewards to learn and understand the new model.

President Walker reported out on the District Labor Council (DLC) regional training meetings she committed to in August. In September, we launched a statewide training effort to identify and discuss patterns within our regions, and to build strategies that help us to move beyond our vulnerabilities and into opportunities and strengths.  Trainings were held in five regions with 12 member-leader facilitators and 45 members of DLC executive boards participating.