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                                                                              The 12 California Public Sector Unions

Local 1000 consists of 9 different bargaining units (BUs) which are BUs 1, 3, 4, 11, 14, 15, 17, 20, and 21. Local 1000 is a Local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) headquartered in D.C. * A 10th bargaining, the State Bar, is also represented by Local 1000.  

The following list below are the other 11 unions that represent the other 12 BUs. **International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)  represent 2 different BUs which are BUs 12 & 13 respectively. 

  1. California Attorney, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment (CASE). (BU 2)

The current contract with BU 2 is in effect from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2019.CASE represents over 3,800 legal professionals up-and-down the State of California.  $60 dues per month for membership that includes $13.33 to Political Action Committee (PAC) and membership applications can be done online with digital signatures.

1231 I Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814 699-6533 9-6533 

   2. California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) (BU 5) 

The current contract with BU 5 is in effect from July 3, 2010 to July 3, 2018.

California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) PO Box 161209, Sacramento, CA 95816-1209
Telephone: (916) 452-6751, Facsimile: (916) 457-3398, Email:


  3.  California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) (BU 6)

The current contract with BU 6 is in effect from July 3, 2015 to July 2, 2018. (Note: The terms of the MOU went into effect on May 11, 2016.)Dues for all job classes are 1.3% of top step CO salary. Dues include a subscription to the Peacekeeper magazine, as well as a small contribution used for political action, neither of which affect a member’s dues. 

755 Riverpoint Drive West Sacramento, CA 95605-1634 1-800-821-6443

  4.  California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) (BU 7) 

The current contract with BU 7 is in effect from July 2, 2016 to July 1, 2019.

CSLEA has law enforcement, public safety and consumer protection professionals who work for the state of California. A supervisor or manager who supervises Unit 7 employees, may continue to be a member of CSLEA. Please note that newly promoted supervisor and managers are not automatically dropped as CSLEA members. Many supervisors and managers choose to retain their CSLEA membership because of the valuable benefits and support from their union. Although CSLEA can no longer negotiate a labor agreement for the state supervisory classification, CSLEA offers State exempt employees benefits but if they choose to cancel their membership, they must provide written notification to CSLEA.

CSLEA Headquarters, 2029 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 (916) 447-5262, (800) 522-2873, Fax: (916) 889-8289,


  5.  California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Firefighters, CAL FIRE Local 2881 (BU 8)

The current contract with BU 8 is in effect from January 1, 2017 to July 1, 2021.

CAL FIRE Local 2881, 1731 J Street Suite 100, Sacramento, Ca 95811, Tel: (916) Fax: (916) 609-8711


  6.  Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG) (BU 9)

The current contract with BU 9 is in effect from July 2, 2015 to June 30, 2018.  Founded in 1962, PECG represents 13,000 state-employed engineers and related professionals responsible for designing and inspecting California’s infrastructure, improving air and water quality, and developing clean energy and green technology.  On membership application a member can check a selection if a member does not want any portion of his or her dues being contributed to PECG’s Political Action Organization. (A member's dues will remain the same whether a member checks this or not.) 

Headquarters 455 Capitol Mall, Suite 501, Sacramento, CA 95814,  (916) 446-0400 -or- (800) 338-1480 Fax # (916) 446-0489 Email:


  7.  California Association of Professional Scientists (CAPS) (BU 10)

The current contract with BU 10 is in effect from July 2, 2015 to July 1, 2018.

CAPS dues are $59.00 monthly. Membership is available to rank-and-file, supervisory and managerial state scientists employed in the civil service of the California State Government.  The Board of Directors has created a PAC (Political Action Committee) fund and will allocate a portion of the members’ dues to this fund. This amount is subject to change, but is currently $4 per month. If a member does not want any portion of his or her your dues to be used for this purpose, he or she must notify CAPS in writing.

455 Capitol Mall, Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95814, General E-Mail: Voice: (916) 441-2629, Fax: (916) 442-418

CAPS eligible employees will receive the General Salary increases (GSI) of 5% effective July 1 for years 2016, 2017, and 2018.


  8.  International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). (BU 12)

The current contract for crafts and mantainence employees including electricians with BU 12 is in effect from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2020.

BU 12 has 11,200 represented employees with 150 full time Union business agents actively servicing the membership, a team of Union Legislative Representatives who monitor all legislation, actively oppose harmful legislation, and actively carry bills that are beneficial to our members.  IUOE Locals 3, 12, 39, and 501 collectively represent some 250 city, county, special districts, and schools bargaining units within the Public Sector in addition to State Unit 12. Each of the Locals is independent and separate, each with an elected Business Manager, officers, and each has a Board of Directors elected by the membership. Unit 12 workers are full members of their IUOE local, with all member rights and obligations.

Telephone: 916-444-6880, Fax: 916-444-6877, Email:


  9.  International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) BU 13

The current contract with BU 13 is in effect from July 2, 2016 to June 30, 2019. IUOE Locals 39 and 501  collectively represent Operating Engineers (Employees maintaining and operating power generation facilities that heat, ventilate, and air condition large office buildings and other state facilities.) from all over Southern California and Southern Nevada: from State of California employees to major hospitals, hotels, high-rises, casinos, dairies, production facilities, performance halls and arenas to name a few.  All Unit 13 employees will receive the General Salary increases (GSI) of 3% effective July 1 for years 2016, 2017, and 2% for 2018.   

Phone:  (213) 385-1561 x 144, Email:

  10.  Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) BU 16

The current contract with BU 16 is in effect from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2020

BU 16 monthly dues are 0.90% of a member’s salary and BU 16 also has a Political Action Program. 

Sacramento Office, 520 Capitol Mall, Suite 220, Sacramento, CA 95814, 800-585-6977, 916-442-6977, Fax 916-446-3827,


  11. California Association of Psychiatric Technicians (CAPT) (BU 18)

The current contract with BU 18 is in effect from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2019.

CAPT has 14,000 state-licensed Psychiatric Technicians. 

1220 S Street Suite 100, Sacramento CA 95811-7138 Phone 916-329-9140, 

  12. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2620 (BU 19)

The current contract with BU 19 is in effect from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2020.

AFSCME Local 2620 has 100 classifications with 800 different worksites.  2150 River Plaza Dr., Ste. 275, Sacramento, CA 95833, Phone: (916) 923-1860, Fax: (916) 923-1877

SEIU is a labor union representing almost 1.9 million workers in over 100 occupations in the United States and Canada. SEIU is focused on organizing workers in three sectors: health care (over half of members work in the health care field), including hospitalhome care and nursing home workers; public services (local and state government employees); and property services (including janitorssecurity officers and food service workers). 

The SEIU was founded in 1921 in Chicago as the Building Services Employees Union (BSEU); its first members were janitorselevator operators, and window washers. The union's membership increased significantly with a 1934 strike in New York City's Garment District. In order to reflect it’s increasingly diversified membership, in 1968 the union renamed itself Service Employees International Union.[11] In 1980 through 1984, most of the SEIU's growth came from mergers with four other unions, including the International Jewelry Workers Union and the Drug, Hospital, and Health Care Employees Union.

In 1995, SEIU President John Sweeney was elected president of the AFL–CIO, the main confederation of labor unions in the United States. After Sweeney's departure, former social worker Andrew Stern was elected president of SEIU. In the first ten years of Stern's administration, the union's membership grew rapidly and the SEIU became the largest union in the AFL-CIO.

In 2003, SEIU was a founding member of the New Unity Partnership, an organization of unions that pushed for a greater commitment to organizing unorganized workers into unions. In 2005, SEIU was a founding member of the Change to Win Coalition, which furthered the reformist agenda, criticizing the AFL-CIO for focusing its attention on electoral politics, instead of encouraging organizing in the face of decreasing union membership. These differences boiled over on the eve of the 2005 AFL-CIO convention, as the SEIU and Teamsters announced that they were disaffiliating from the AFL-CIO. The Change to Win Federation held its founding convention in September 2005, where SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger was announced as the organization's chair.

In the following decade, several Change to Win members disaffiliated and re-joined the AFL-CIO, leaving SEIU, the Teamsters, and the United Farm Workers as the remaining members.[The SEIU's decision to break away from the AFL-CIO is considered controversial by some labor experts.  After the disaffiliation, the SEIU continued to experience significant growth in membership. Stern stepped down as president of SEIU in 2010, and was replaced by Mary Kay Henry, a long-time organizer and staff member at the union, and its first female president


American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is the largest trade union of public employees in the United States.[2] It represents 1.3 million public sector employees and retirees, including health care workers, corrections officers, sanitation workers, police officers, firefighters, and childcare providers.   It is part of the AFL-CIO, one of the two main labor federations in the United States. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) is a national trade union center and the largest federation of unions in the United States. It is made up of fifty-six national and international unions, together representing more than 12 million active and retired workers.


Most unions in the United States are aligned with one of two larger umbrella organizations: the AFL-CIO created in 1955, and the Change to Win Federation which split from the AFL-CIO in 2005. Both advocate policies and legislation on behalf of workers in the United States and Canada, and take an active role in politics. The AFL-CIO is especially concerned with global trade issues.

In 2016, there were 14.6 million members in the U.S., down from 17.7 million in 1983. The percentage of workers belonging to a union in the United States (or total labor union "density") was 10.7%, compared to 20.1% in 1983. Union membership in the private sector has fallen under 7% — levels not seen since 1932. From a global perspective, the density in 2013 was 7.7% in France, 18.1% in Germany, 27.1% in Canada, and 85.5% in Iceland, which is currently highest in the world.

In the 21st century the most prominent unions are among public sector employees such as city employees, government workers, teachers and police. Members of unions are disproportionately older, male, and residents of the Northeast, the Midwest, and California.[4] Union workers average 10-30% higher pay than non-union in the United States after controlling for individual, job, and labor market characteristics.


Richard Louis Brown

August 6, 2017  

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