Steward Resources


Stewards Build the Power of Our Union

Local 1000 Job Stewards are at the core of our collective power. They are the workplace advocates for our union, educating and advocating for our members. Job Stewards are the crucial connection between the workplace and the union, harnessing the power of our members at the workplace and amplifying their voices.

The Leadership Apprentice Program for Stewards (LAPS) fosters leaders in the workplace who advance the core mission of Local 1000.

If you are interested in becoming a Job Steward for SEIU Local 1000, please follow the steps below to complete the application process:

  • Complete the application. 
  • Local 1000 leaders are known for their diverse talents and interests. Use this application to describe who you are, your values and strengths, and what you will bring to the Local. Please give thought to the values expressed in the Purpose Statement and share how they relate to your own values, goals, and passions.
  • Obtain 2 letters of recommendation, written by the coworkers in your worksite. The letters should outline why you would be successful as a Job Steward. 1 letter shall be from a current Job Steward in your DLC, a DLC officer, or a union staffer. Outside recommendations from family members, supervisors, or other state workers (not represented by Local 1000) will not be accepted. Template letters will be not accepted.
  • Gather 25 signatures from your coworkers showing their support for you becoming a Job Steward. Click here to download the Petition form.

You may submit the Letters of Recommendation, Petition for Job Steward Certification, and the LAPS Application to


Have a question? We’ve got answers!

  • Where do I go for support around organizing or representation?
  • How do I obtain SEIU materials and handouts?
  • How do I determine who my Labor Relations Officer is?
  • How do I get help filing a grievance?
    • In each instance, step one is to contact your Union Resource Center (URC)  Representative. If you’re unsure who your URC Rep. is, contact the Member Resource Center (MRC) at 866.471.SEIU (7348).
  • What is the link for the 7:00 p.m. PST Tuesday night statewide stewards call with Vice President for Organizing/Representation Anica Walls?
  • What is the link for the 6:30 p.m. PST Wednesday night “Straight Talk” statewide call with SEIU Local 1000 Board Chair Bill Hall?
    • For those who wish to take part in the conversation, you can register for the Zoom call by clicking here. Please register by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday. For participants who would like to listen to the live broadcast but not participate, please join the SEIU Local 1000 Official Facebook page to watch the event via Facebook Live. The entire call will also be posted the following day here on
  • Where can I find out about Advanced Steward Training (AST)?
  • I’m unsure how many AST’s I’ve completed this year. Who should I call?
    • Contact the Member Resource Center (MRC) at 866.471.SEIU (7348).
  • Where do I find the DLC map?

What is a Job Steward?

SEIU Local 1000 stands with you to defend state workers from any cuts to our benefits or workplace protections. By voting for DLC and statewide officers, you are shaping our Union and making your voice heard.

Your DLC leadership isn’t carrying this work out on their own. Our union relies on our Job Stewards to engage with members and fight back against unfair practices in the workplace. Job Stewards host worksite meetings, represent employees with management, advise members on the contract. Stewards are the foundation of the power of our union; they connect members to their union and to one another. To become a Job Steward, please talk to your DLC leadership.

  • Stewards have the right to choose how active they are in their DLC’s
  • Steward can help organize their jobsite or department
  • Stewards can give information out to their co-workers on where to get help or representation
  • Stewards can represent members in disciplinary situations
  • Stewards negotiate our contract with the state every 3 years
  • Steward’s fight for our rights on a daily basis
  • Steward’s hold Management accountable for their actions

Stewards can be one or all of these depending on how much you would like to participate.

For those that want to do more the Union has training to make sure you have the knowledge to do it correctly. If you would like to become a Steward, please use this QR code to start your Steward application.

Alternatively, call your Union Representatives at the Member Resource Center (MRC) at 1-866-471-7348.

Click here for More Information on LAPS