Local 1000 has met twice with the state, and more meetings are planned, over the effects of the creation of this new department on our membership.
We've made headway in the on-going fight against out-of-control workloads. The state has agreed to and is currently hiring 110 new Disability Insurance Program Representatives (DIPRs) in the Disability Insurance Branch. EDD has agreed to convert 24 intermittent Employment Program Representatives (EPRs) to permanent full time positions. In addition, Job Services recently hired 295 veterans as EPRs as limited term to work in their "Welcome Home Program."
The first ever Local 1000 IT Professionals Conference was held the weekend of April 17 in downtown Sacramento. IT professionals were able to network, get hands-on training and learn about trends in a fast-changing industry.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is proposing to transfer assigned staff vehicles to an office car pool and reduce tele-work options for employees who investigate allegations of patient abuse.
The dust has finally settled on CDCR (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) cuts in its educational and juvenile justice programs. A key issue now is making sure that employees who transferred to other positions in lieu of layoff receive the training they need to pass probation in their new classifications. In addition, employees who transferred to CCRA (Correctional Case Records Analyst) positions have the additional hurdle of passing a background check.
Local 1000 is sponsoring new legislation which would allow out-of-work Californians much needed, in-person assistance with their unemployment claims.
AB 1827 addresses gaps in current law, and would require the Employment Development Department (EDD) to assign one UI representative to each of at least 50 one-stop and career centers.
Claudia Gambaro often looks for ways to help fellowstate workers but she never predicted she would become Local 1000's expert in helping them avoid foreclosure.
AB 1897, introduced by Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) and sponsored by Local 1000, would repeal the authority of the Director of Finance to sell assets of the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF).
An SEIU-sponsored bill would improve the delivery of services to the unemployed. AB 1827, which has been introduced by Assembly Members Juan Arambula (Ind-Fresno) and Jose Solario (D-Anaheim), would amend the Unemployment Insurance Code to require California to have available walk-in unemployment insurance (UI) services, provided by current UI-funded and fully-trained workers in regional one-stop centers.