With a shared goal of enabling workers to live and work with
dignity, there’s been a close linkage between the American labor
movement and the Gay Rights movement that stretches back more
than 80 years, and the struggle for equality has shown some
When a bill threatened to outsource the work of Local 1000 DMV
workers, our DMV HEAT team took action in their workplaces,
lobbied legislators at the Capitol and made calls to legislators
against the proposed law. Their quick action resulted in
the bill being modified by the author and subsequently by the
Assembly Appropriations Committee.
The bill (AB 301) sought to reduce the severe backlog in
availability of commercial driver license skills test
appointments at DMV by outsourcing the work to third parties.
Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill 28 (Pan), the bill
authorizing the Memorandum of Understanding between the state and
SEIU Local 1000, our union representing 96,000 employees, about
40% of the state’s workforce.
The deal was reached between the state and Local 1000 on Dec. 3,
2016, after eight months at the bargaining table and just two
days before an impending strike.
In a big step forward, our Tentative Agreement (Senate Bill 28)
cleared the Senate on Feb. 17 with a 26-7 vote.
Our TA cleared two previous hurdles earlier in February by being
approved by two Senate committees.
The bill now moves to the Assembly. SB 28 will first be heard in
the Assembly Budget committee on March 2 upon adjournment of the
Assembly floor hearing that day. The bill will be voted on by the
Assembly floor at a future date, then on to the governor’s desk
for his signature.
Our Tentative Agreement cleared two hurdles this week as it
makes its way through the Legislature and closer to the
Vice President for Bargaining Margarita Maldonado testified
before two Senate committees in support of our agreement, and
both committees voted to move the TA forward.
Speaking on Feb. 6, Maldonado told the Senate Public Employees
and Retirement Committee that we represent about 40% of
California’s total state employees and provide a broad range of
valuable services to California and our communities.
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.
Our 2015 legislative agenda—a yearlong effort to make politics
matter for our members and all Californians—was capped this week
when Gov. Brown signed the Local 1000-supported Senate Bill 343
Titled “CDCR Librarians and Inmate Community College Incentives,”
the new law adds Unit 3 librarians to the CDCR rehabilitation
team and reflects their role in preparing prison inmates for
successful parole. The bill also adds incentives for the
completion of two- and four-year college degrees.
Two Local-1000 sponsored bills are on the governor’s desk,
awaiting signature before the October 11 deadline. Four other
bills supported by the union are on a two-year track as Local
1000 continues to push an aggressive legislative agenda.
“We’re making politics matter for our members by driving
legislation that affects our lives at work and in our
communities,” said Yvonne R. Walker, Local 1000 president. “We’re
demonstrating the power of our membership at the Capitol.
Local 1000 activists went to the Capitol on August 26 to lobby on behalf of our members.
Representing worksites and DLCs from across the state, the members brought our issues to legislators through face-to-face conversations. Making these personal connections ensures that the people who make laws understand the real consequences of their decisions on the working people of California.
The member-lobbyists received training in the morning and then traveled to the Capitol with an important goal: show lawmakers that politics matter to Local 1000 members.
A team of Local 1000 member activists are at the Capitol today to
talk face-to-face with lawmakers and their staff in support of
bills sponsored or backed by Local 1000.
Politics is one of the important ways that our union brings
change to our members’ lives. We maximize our impact at the
Capitol by empowering members to lobby on issues they have
identified as priorities.
Parents and providers pushing for substantive relief in the
state’s child care system are closer than ever to real reform and
showed solidarity at a June 3 rally at the Capitol in a final
push for SB 548, the Raising Child Care Quality and Accessibility
Sponsored by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, SB 548 seeks
to fix California’s child care system and break the cycle of
poverty caused by lack of quality, affordable care for families
All six Local 1000-sponsored bills cleared key legislative
committees this week, including a bill to force the state to stop
laying off workers and replacing them with private contractors.
“Our legislative agenda has gotten through the first set of
hurdles,” said Local 1000 President Yvonne R. Walker. “We have a
lot more work to do to ensure these bills all get through the
Legislature and are signed by the governor. We need our members
to step up and actively support these important pieces of
A bill to expand the role of prison librarians passed a key
legislative committee with strong bipartisan support after Unit 3
members worked statewide to rally support for the legislation.
The Senate Public Safety Committee passed SB 343 on April 21 with
bipartisan support. The bill, carried by Sen. Loni Hancock
(D-Berkeley), would enhance literacy programs for prison inmates
by expanding the role of prison libraries and librarians. The
bill would also expand the incentives for inmates to complete
Jon Coupal is nothing if not blunt when he describes one motive
behind a Ventura County ballot measure that would replace the
“defined benefit” pensions currently enjoyed by county employees
and replace them with 401(k)-type plans for all future hires.
Local 1000 presses legislature for flexibility in transfers to
improve upward mobility and diversity
The state of California needs to improve enforcement of
anti-discrimination laws, remove bureaucratic roadblocks that
slow the upward mobility of workers and make other changes to
help diversify the state’s workforce, according to testimony at a
legislative hearing from Local 1000 and the allied State
Employees Civil Rights Coalition.