For years, many non-management employees of the Alameda County Superior Court have labored alongside their SEIU 1021 co-workers without the benefits of union rights and protections. Court attendants, jury room and family law clerks, specialists in parolee reentry and pre-trial services, even some financial department technicians, have been forced to work without a voice on the job.
That all changed when the SEIU 1021 bargaining team for the legal processing clerks and courtroom clerks decided in their December 2013 contract negotiations that their co-workers deserved representation and took decisive action to make it happen.
Then the bargaining team brought in SEIU 1021’s Organizing Department and started the process of identifying the classifications and members that would fit into their unit, and began signing them up. With new management making big changes throughout the court, the unrepresented members soon recognized that the union was their only protection, and soon a majority was on board. The union submitted the signatures of 50 of the 65 members it was seeking to represent.
Friday morning, the State Mediation and Conciliation Service verified majority support for the union and completed the process of organizing a new group of brothers and sisters into SEIU Local 1021.