Governor Brown signs bill allowing Judicial Council employees right to unionize

For Immediate Release

Jerry Jimenez
Communications Director
SEIU Local 1000
(916) 554-1215

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Governor Brown signed a bill last night that will allow Judicial Council employees the right to join a union.

AB 83 (Santiago), The Judicial Council Employer-Employee Relations Act, is sponsored by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000.

It grants nearly 500 employees of the California Judicial Council the right to organize and participate in employee organizations for the purpose of representation on all matters of employer-employee relations.

The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts and is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice.

Judicial Council staff implements the council’s policies. They currently do not enjoy the same workplace and collective bargaining rights as their executive branch counterparts working in the same classification.

“Today is a great day for Judicial Council employees,” said Yvonne R. Walker, President of SEIU Local 1000. “Every day more workers are choosing to come together in a union. They know that together we have the power to negotiate better wages, benefits and retirement security. And together we can improve our workplaces and our communities.”


Service Employees International Union Local 1000 is the largest union of state employees representing more than 96,000 state employees, including clerical workers, auditors, information technology professionals, teachers, planners, inspectors, printers, librarians, custodians, nurses and other health care professionals.