Member vs. Non-member: Representation and benefits


SEIU Local 1000 represents nearly 100,000 state employees, both members and non-members alike. As our membership grows, our Union becomes stronger, and more state employees are taking advantage of the benefits of membership.

Our Union negotiates for our contract, and enforcing the contract is a Local 1000 priority.

When management violates our contract, or one of our represented employees faces discipline or other job-related issues, there are differences in the type of support and representation offered to Union members vs. non-members. Here are some examples:


  • Legal representation
  • Assistance in contractual & non-contractual related issues
  • Discipline appeals to State Personnel Board (SPB)
  • Rejection on probation appeals to SPB
  • Merit appeals to SPB
  • AWOL appeals to CalHR
  • Insurance & assistance services
  • Affordable group rates & discounts
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Purchasing Power
  • Home loans
  • Leadership & career development opportunities
  • A voice and a vote on negotiating your contract


  • You only receive assistance in contract-related issues, such as grievances and arbitration
  • One-time union representation provided if you have an initial investigatory interview
  • No representation in discipline, rejection on probation, merit or AWOL appeals

If you have questions about membership, contact your local Job Steward, or call the SEIU Local 1000 Member Resource Center (MRC) at 866.471.SEIU (7348).