During the hard-fought campaign, management at MHDP hired a consultant to “educate” the staff on reasons they shouldn’t join a union, included one-on-one meetings with staff, mandatory in-service “captive meetings” and increased questioning of employees. Despite these efforts, Local 1021 organizers continued to work with MHDP member-leaders to counteract management’s messages at the workplace.
“In the past we have tried to voice our concerns to management but nothing changed, “said Manny Lopez, Mission Hope Instructor and Union supporter. “Coming together and forming a union will help us see the changes we’ve earned.”
There are 147 Mission Hope Day Program employees that work at five sites located in Dublin, Fremont, Antioch, Brentwood and Hayward.
MHDP employees are already preparing for the next step that allows them to sit down with their employer to address their concerns related to their working conditions and ensuring their clients receive the quality care they deserve.
SEIU represents over 4,000 compassionate employees throughout Northern California who pride themselves on quality care for their clients within the developmental disabilities community. These members work, live and support the overall health and wellbeing of their communities.