California civil service employees are divided into 21 bargaining
units, based on their “community of interest” with other
employees in their unit. In labor law, a “community of interest”
is when a group of employees share common interests in wages,
hours and other conditions of employment. Other factors that
reflect a “community of interests” for organizing purposes
Similarity in skills, interests, duties and working
The employer’s organizational and supervisory structure;
The bargaining history; and
The extent of union organization among the employees.
Under the California “Dills Act,” the authority to determine
bargaining units is given to the Public Employee Relations Board
Local 1000 represents 95,000 employees in nine bargaining units,
making us the largest union for state employees in California and
one of the largest public-sector unions in the country.
Local 1000 bargains on behalf of all of our represented units at
a “master table” on issues affecting all units, such as health
and welfare, retirement and layoffs. Our union also
bargains on specific issues, such as classifications and post and
bid, separately on behalf of specific bargaining
Unit 1 includes accounting officers, auditors, analysts for all
departments, employment program representatives at the Employment
Development Department (EDD), disability evaluators at the
Department of Health and Human Services (DHS), and information
technology analysts and other professional
You can get in touch with any BU3 DBUR by contacting your DLC
president or calling the Member Resource Center, 866.471.7348
Unit 3 includes teachers, specialists and librarians working in
the: California Military Department (one worksite), Department of
Rehabilitation (one worksite), Department of State Hospitals
(five worksites), Department of Developmental Services (five
worksites), California Department of Education (six worksites),
CDCR Division of Juvenile Justice (five worksites), CDCR Division
of Adult Institutions (thirty four worksites)
Unit 4 includes program assistants, program/tax technicians, key
data operators, word processing technicians, stock clerks and
other classifications. This unit also represents toll collectors
and DMV employees across the state.
Unit 14 includes employees at the Office of State Publishing
where the state budget, bills and laws and other state documents
are printed. This unit also includes printers and graphic artists
in individual departments throughout the state.
Unit 17 includes registered nurses who work in California
prisons, veteran’s homes, developmental centers, mental health
hospitals, departments of healthcare services and public health,
special schools and other departments that serve Californians.
The purpose of Bargaining Unit 20 is to represent the LVNs, CNAs,
Teaching Assistants, Dental Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians,
Laboratory Technologists, Physical Therapists, Counselors, and
many other medical and social service classifications working in
prisons, veteran’s homes, developmental centers, state hospitals,
special schools, and other departments for the State of
California so they operate under a fair and legal contract, and
are part of a strong member led union.
The educational consultants and librarians of Unit 21 includes
consultants who work with educational programs from
pre-kindergarten through post-secondary or higher education, and
the state librarians and archivists.
Judicial Council employees have won the right to organize into our union.
After months of hard work by the Judicial Council Organizing Committee to move a bill to permit Judicial Council employees to organize for union representation (AB 83) through the legislature, Governor Brown signed it into law.
Help stop wasteful outsourcing! If you are aware of a contract
where bargaining unit work is being performed by a vendor that
could be done by state workers, please take a few minutes to fill
out the following form. This information will help Local 1000
identify priority contracts to review and analyze to possibly
reduce the use of contractors and contract employees who perform
the work of state workers, develop plans to transfer work back to
state workers and/or reduce the cost of contracts.