About Us

Public Employees Union, Local 1 was founded in 1941 as the Contra Costa County Employees Association. As a public employees’ organization, Local 1 made history by being a pioneer of workers’ rights before government workers in California had the right to collectively bargain. California public employees didn’t get collective bargaining rights until 1968, nearly three decades after Local 1’s founding.

Throughout the 1960s, Local 1 held many of the first public sector strikes in California. Local 1 became one of the first unions in history to negotiate binding arbitration for its members. It also developed a highly effective political action program and held immense political power through much of the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Local 1 expanded and thrived, adding its own affiliates in El Dorado, Sutter, and Yuba counties. In January of 2014, Local 1 welcomed employees who work for Merced Courts to the family.

Local 1 has long advocated for its members and the vital services they provide to the community. Never in its 70 plus year history have those services and the members of our community who provide them been under attack as they have been in recent years. Local 1 will continue to meet these challenges as it has met challenges in the past, with vigor and passion, guided by a commitment to our community.

In 2019, the Local 1 membership voted overwhelmingly to approve an affiliation with AFSCME, Council 57,  joining in the collective strength of 28k public sector employees across California.

Local 1’s offices allow us to provide excellent service to our members throughout Northern California.


Mailing Address:
PO Box 6783
Concord, CA 94524-1783

Union Hall:
4057 Port Chicago Highway, Suite 100
Concord, CA 94520

Tel:   (925) 228-1600
Fax:  (925) 825-1812


El Dorado

El Dorado County Employees Association, Local One

2864 Ray Lawyer Drive, Suite 202
Placerville, CA 95667
Directions : Website

Tel:   (530) 626-2565
(800) 479-2560
Fax:  (530) 626-2569


Sutter/Yuba County Employees Association, Local One

718 Bridge Street, Suite A,
Yuba City, CA 95991-3803
Directions : Website

Tel:    (530) 674-0185
Fax:   (530) 674-0477