September 1, 2020



Welcome to the new digital version of Union Update!

In response to a changing world, we’re debuting a new way to keep in touch with the 96,000 state workers we represent.

The new, digital version of Union Update will keep you informed about the advances and protections we’re accomplishing for our members, inform you about issues that affect your work, your family, and the communities you live in—and the things you can do to help make a difference.


Statewide Health and Safety Grievance at CDCR Elevated to 3rd Level

Our fight to ensure safe workplaces in our prisons continues after the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) failed to acknowledge serious issues with their enforcement of health and safety guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.


Larry Collins: Illustrating how our workplaces are changing

Long-time member and union activist Larry Collins, a toll collector who serves as Chief Steward for DLC 747, spoke recently with Time magazine about the changes his work has undergone as California adjusted to a world with COVID-19. As the risks of person-to-person transmission increased, he was sent home from his booth on the Carquinez Bridge in the Bay Area. However, what began as a safety measure quickly became something devastating.


Your Vote is Your Voice – Let’s Turn our Outrage into Change

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on and fires burn across the state, it is clear, more now than ever, that the working people of California need lawmakers who will stand up for us and our values, and join us in the fight for racial, social, and economic justice. Members of Local 1000 and SEIU members statewide and across the nation have come together to endorse local, statewide, and national candidates who deserve our vote.