2015 Member Convention

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SEIU 1021 Convention

More than 600 members gathered from all over Northern California over the weekend to attend the “Think Big Act Bold” 2015 Member Convention.  Keynote speakers and attendees included Mary Kay Henry, SEIU International President; Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter; an interview and discussion with environmentalists  Bill McKibben and Tom Steyer; Labor activist Bill Fletcher and pohn a. powell, a UC Berkeley professor and internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties. Members also voted to adopt the “Vision for Power” document, a blueprint of our unions priorities over the next three years. More to come!

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Our Vision for Power!

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After holding a series of regional mobilizations and almost 3,000 surveys, gathering ideas from hundreds of members throughout all of SEIU Local 1021, a planning document is was reviewed, voted on, and adopted at the 2015 Member Convention.

Read the Vision for Power, adopted on September 27 by the member delegates at the 2015 Member Convention.

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Convention Speakers

The 2015 Member Convention will feature the following keynote speakers, as well as workshops for us to THINK BIG, ACT BOLD.

MaryKayHenryMary Kay Henry
SEIU President
Henry serves as International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which unites 2 million workers in healthcare, public and property services. Henry has devoted her life to helping North America’s workers form unions and strengthen their voice at work about the quality of services they provide. Under her leadership, SEIU members have joined together on the job to win better wages and benefits and build better communities; while fighting for a more just society and an economy that works for all of people, not just corporations and the wealthy.


BillMcKibbenBill McKibben
Co-founder, 350.org
McKibben is a best-selling author and founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty-thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. In 2014 he was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change.


Labor Activist
Fletcher is a racial justice, labor and international activist, and author of “They’re Bankrupting Us!” And 20 Other Myths About Unions. He is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator He has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns.


JohnPowellJohn A. Powell
Civil Rights Expert
Powell is an author and internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy. powell leads the UC Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.


aliciagarzaAlicia Garza
Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter
Garza is a longtime community organizer in the Bay Area, and one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter International movement. She works as special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which seeks to organize and provide better pay, benefits and working conditions for some of the most marginalized workers in America.


TomSteyerTom Steyer
Steyer is an investor, philanthropist and advanced energy advocate. He is the President of NextGen Climate, an organization that acts politically to prevent climate disaster and preserve American prosperity. Tom is actively engaged in climate politics and works to promote economic development and environmental protection in California. In 2010, Tom teamed up with former Secretary of State George Shultz to defeat Proposition 23, an effort by out-of-state oil companies to dismantle California’s groundbreaking clean energy law, AB 32.

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Liv Warfield to Perform at 2015 Member Convention


LiV Warfield will be performing at the SEIU 1021 Member Convention on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 PM.Print

Deadline to register is approaching! Register NOW!

LiV Warfield is a current member of Prince’s band New Power Generation (NPG). When you pair LiV Warfield’s powerhouse vocals and backing from one of the best bands in the industry, you can expect nothing less than an electrifying performance.

LiV is one of those artists who are very difficult to categorize into any given genre and who at the same time are very easy to love. She describes her music as being “alternative R&B Soul with a little bit of Rock ‘n’ Roll” which pretty much says it all.

Prince initially discovered LiV via a Youtube clip in 2009 and asked her to audition for singing backing vocals on his tour, which she did. Now it’s LiV’s time to shine in the brightest spotlight.

When she takes the stage with her large ensemble, the party is on. Read and listen to LiV’s music at her web site: www.LivWarfieldMusic.com

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2015 Convention Agenda


5:00 PM      Convention Registration Opens
7:00 PM      Convention Registration Closes


8:30AM        Convention Registration Opens and Breakfast
10:00AM       Opening & Welcome Roxanne Sanchez, SEIU 1021 President
10:15AM       Plenary on Labor Movement, Past, Present and Future
with Bill Fletcher, Labor Activist
10:50AM       Plenary on Racial and Economic Justice
with john a. powell, Civil Rights Expert
11:10AM       Vision for Power
11:40AM       Lunch
12:45PM       Big Picture Workshops
2:00PM        Break
2:15PM        Skills Workshops
3:45PM        Armchair Discussion on Climate Justice
with Bill McKibben, Co-founder of 350.org and Tom Steyer, Philanthropist
4:00PM        Convention Registration Closes
4:30PM        Break
4:45PM        2012 to Now: How We Championed Our Jobs & the People We Serve
5:30PM        Social/Cocktail Hour
6:15PM        Dinner
7:30PM        Evening Events: Liv Warfield Concert, Karaoke, Trivia and Movie Night


7:30AM        Convention Registration Opens and Breakfast
8:45AM        Program Begins
9:00AM        Plenary on Black Lives Matter International Ballroom
with Alicia Garza, Co-founder of Black Lives Matter
9:45AM        Plan into Action Workshops
11:00AM       Break
11:15AM       Plenary on the Future of SEIU International Ballroom
with Mary Kay Henry, SEIU President
11:50AM       Vision for Power in Action Discussion
1:00PM        Vision for Power Adoption
1:30PM        Lunch

Download a PDF of the Agenda

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Convention Workshop Descriptions

Check out the workshops at this year’s upcoming convention (Click on the image below to view the full Workshop Description Booklet). Register for the convention today!

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Not Just for Delegates: Keynotes and trainings are open to all

The 2015 Convention isn’t just for delegates. The weekend will be packed with inspiring keynote speakers and training/educational programs — all of them open to all members. Click here to register.

You’ll meet other members who are making a difference. With 700 active union members in the same place, you can make connections and learn things that can help you and your chapter.

An inspiring lineup of speakers — including SEIU President Mary Kay Henry and other national progressive leaders — are guaranteed to leave you feeling more motivated and ready to take on the challenges we face.

If you can’t make it to Oakland, you can still watch all the keynote speakers live on any web browser through our live stream. Look for the schedule in the 1021 NewsWire and here at at 1021Convention.org.

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TOP Five Reasons to Attend the 2015 Member convention:

The union starts with you!

1. The Best Education In The Union: The weekend will be packed with educational and training programs, a chance to get intensive skills and development in just two days.

2. To Vote on Our ‘Vision for Power:’ The centerpiece of the convention will include a blueprint for our unions work, which includes activating 1,000 new member leaders.

3. Meet 1021 Members Who Are Making A Difference: With 700 active union members in the same place, make connections and lessons that can help you and your chapter.

4. Get Inspired: The lineup of speakers will leave you feeling more motivated, more inspired, and more ready to take on all the challenges we face.

5. Build Our Union! SEIU 1021 is YOU, and YOU are SEIU 1021. As we look ahead to some serious challenges, member participation is going to be critical. Nobody can do it alone; together, we can’t be stopped.

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Upcoming Convention Delegate Orientations!

The 2015 Member Convention delegates are currently being elected and holding delegate orientations for delegates, honorary delegates and alternates. The following orientation meetings are being held, which will go over “Our Vision for Power” — a three-year plan to build power and fight back the 1% agenda.

East Bay: Saturday, August 8 9:30 AM-1 PM Executive Inn & Suites Emarcadero 1755 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA

San Francisco: Saturday, August 15, 9:30 AM – 1 PM SF Union Hall, 350 Rhode Island, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA

North Coast: Wednesday, August 19, 6 PM -8:30 PM* Santa Rosa office, 600 B Street

*Video-conference will be available at: Ukiah: 655 Kings Court #100, Ukiah, CA and  Del Norte County:  1225 Marshall Street, Suite 8,Crescent City, CA

You are invited to attend if you are a delegate, honorary delegate or an alternate, RSVP to the MRC at: 1-877-687-1021


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Oakland Airport Hilton, September 26-27


For the latest updates, go to: www.1021convention.org

The convention will be a transformative event, where members will gain greater clarity, energy, motivation and direction to step more fully into their power, with grace, vision, courage and knowledge. This is an opportunity for chapter building, engaging and developing potential leaders, hence making it a priority for staff and elected officers.

Q: What are the qualifications to be a delegate?

A: To be eligible, a member would have to had paid dues for any 4 months in 2014 as well as either January or February, 2015.

Q: Can fee payers participate in the nomination and/or delegate election process?

A: Yes, once they sign a membership form, then they can nominate and vote.


 Q: How many delegates can each Chapter elect?

A: Every Chapter gets 2 delegates automatically. After 300 members, each chapter will have 2 additional delegates. For every additional 150 members, a chapter will have 2 additional delegates.


Q: What is the period of time for completing elections?

A: April 20-July 20, 2015


Q: What is an “uncontested ballot”? (Previously referred to as “white ballot”)

A: When there are more or an equal number of delegate slots as candidates, that is referred to as a uncontested ballot and the chapter does not need to hold a full election.


Q: How are alternate delegates selected?

A: In case a delegate can’t participate due to scheduling, illness, etc. Chapters should select alternates even if the delegate election for that Chapter is uncontested or the Chapter does not elect the full number of delegates which it is entitled to.

Here are the rules for selecting alternates: All Chapters are encouraged to select at least two (2) alternates. Alternates need to be ranked by votes received (e.g. the highest vote total becomes Alternate #1, second highest voted becomes Alternate #2, etc.)

In Chapters with “uncontested ballots” (where there are more or an equal number of delegate slots as there are candidates, thus making an election unnecessary), Chapters are still encouraged to select up to two (2) alternates and designate these as Alternate #1 & #2.

Convention Delegates, who become ineligible or unable to attend, shall notify the 1021 Convention Election Committee in writing no later than 8/20/15. An Alternate or Alternates will then be credentialed and seated. Delegates who notify the 1021 Convention Election Committee after 8/20/15 will not be replaced by an alternate.

Q: Which chapters may select honorary delegates? How will honorary delegates be selected?

A:Workers who have recently organized with Local 1021, but who have not ratified their first collective bargaining agreement may select honorary delegates.  The process for selecting honorary delegates will be as follows:  two (2) honorary delegates will be elected at upcoming membership meetings.


If you are a Delegate:

Q: How will delegates register for the convention?

A:  Once the delegate certification form is turned in, the delegate will be sent a welcome letter by e-mail and mail which gives them directions on how to register.  (That is why it is critical that their contact information is on certification form).


Q: Do we pay lost time for delegates attending the Convention?

A: Yes, follow the local’s lost time policy. Anyone working from 12:01am on Saturday through 11:59pm on Sunday will receive lost time.

For example: If a delegate works anytime on Saturday or Sunday they may request lost time. So for instance if a member has a shift that starts 11pm on Friday September 25th but goes to 7am Saturday the 26th they may request the time off for their Friday shift and they would receive lost time per the guidelines specified in the policy.


Q: What are the rules around Friday night hotel stays for delegates?

A: Delegateswho travel 75 miles or more (one way) are qualified for Friday night lodging. All Delegates are entitled to Saturday night lodging (there is no required miles to qualify).


Q: What are the rules around the hotel stay on Saturday evening?

A: All delegates are encouraged to stay at the hotel regardless of how close they live to the venue. The local will pay the cost for double occupancy. Depending on room availability, they may request a single room but would need to pay the additional costs.


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