Members Champion Workers’ Issues at Capitol

Our efforts to fight for social and economic justice for workers—and all Californians—has led to the successful passage of four different bills in the Legislature that will change the lives of our members, our families and our communities.

The four bills—which are now awaiting the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown—will enhance retirement security, streamline civil service procedures, prohibit the dangerous practice of mandatory overtime for nurses and nursing assistants, and offer union representation to state employees who work in the judicial system.

Local 1000 members led the charge by having meaningful conversations with state lawmakers in their district offices and at the Capitol during lobby day visits. 

This is just one way Local 1000 brings change to the lives of our members. We maximize our impact at the Capitol by first electing lawmakers who share our values and we build powerful alliances with community partners to fight for issues that impact working families.

“We’re not just fighting for ourselves,” said Yvonne R. Walker, Local 1000 president. “We’re fighting for our members—and all Californians—to be able to support their families, have safe working conditions and retire with dignity after a lifetime of hard work.”

AB 840 – Nurses and Patient Safety Act

Prohibits nurses from being forced to work mandatory overtime beyond their regularly scheduled work day or week, with limited exceptions. Passage of this bill would enhance safety for patients, state workers and their communities. Carried by Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles)

AB 874 – Judicial Council Representation

Helps state employees at the Judicial Council gain the right for union representation. Those workers currently do not enjoy the same workplace and collective bargaining rights as their executive branch counterparts working in the same job classifications. Carried by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood)

AB 769 – Adverse action investigation deadlines

Streamlines the state’s civil service employee discipline process by requiring most investigations to be completed in one year, as is already the case with law enforcement employees. Carried by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles)

SB 1234 – California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program

Creates an auto-enrolled, supplemental retirement savings program for more than 7 million private sector workers in California who have no access to workplace retirement plans. Carried by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles)