Achieve our Real Time Strategic Change Goals by empowering state
employees to win social and economic improvements through
relational organizing to 1.) Identify, recruit and develop
worksite leaders and activists, 2). Champion broadly and deeply
felt issues and 3). Organize self-sustaining structures that
wield power and unite members in struggle to win.
Our in-house staff of labor law specialists includes eleven staff
and senior attorneys, our Chief Counsel and eight legal support
professionals. SEIU Local 1000 enjoys the largest and most
diverse in-house legal department in the state of California.
Seven attorneys are located in Sacramento-the rest work in local
area offices to better serve members’ needs.
The Political department leads political trainings, organizes
candidate town halls and member involvement, facilitates precinct
walks and election phone banks, creates teams for state Capitol
and district lobby visits, and empowers Local 1000 members to get
involved in the political process at local and state
Additionally, we look for ways members can strengthen communities
through public service projects such as Habitat for Humanity,
cultural events, and environmental issues.
Guided by ethical and union principles, the Legislative
department gives Local 1000 members a voice in the state
Legislature. Year round, this team builds strong relationships in
the political arena, ensuring that members have access to the
Capitol where laws are made that affect their lives. With the
help of members, the Legislative department finds creative
solutions to state problems–that will ultimately improve quality
of life for all Californians.
Our communicators keep members informed on all Local 1000
business including victories, threats to state employees’
welfare, union campaigns and special events through e-mail,
websites, departmental newsletters, direct mail, and with the
weekly union newsletter - Union Update. Members also have
access to Channel 1000 – the first and only news network devoted
Local 1000’s Research Department offers a broadly talented
resource that parallels the diversity of issues confronting a
public sector union of our size. The department’s research
combats state efforts to outsource jobs and reduce hard-won
benefits. Researchers also provide critical information for
bargaining and campaigns, and analyze proposed legislation. Our
staff reaches beyond the traditional scope of union research to
initiate policy studies and investigate the merits of innovations
such as performance-based budgeting.