COPE

The Committee on Political Education (COPE) is made up of SEIU members, staff and retirees who contribute monthly to ensure that we have the political power to protect our hard-earned political and legislative victories that improve public services and the lives of working families.

We know that who we elect and what they do when they are in office determines much in our everyday lives: from our livelihoods to our health and safety. We know when we speak with one voice about what working people need, our elected officials listen.

 

GOTV Volunteer Opportunities

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Elections are important at the national and local level. Take part in Get Out the Vote programs near you to encourage voter turnout and to inform voters of the importance of electing pro-worker candidates.

View our a full list of our endorsed candidates and positions on state and local measures.

In the East Bay:

Alameda Labor Council: 7750 Pardee Lane #110, Oakland
· Saturday 11/5, precinct walks and phone banks from 9 am – 5 pm
· Sunday 11/6, precinct walks and phone banks from 10 am – 5 pm
· Monday 11/7, precinct walks and phone banks from 11 am – 7 pm
· Tuesday 11/8, precinct walks and phone banks from 9 am – 8 pm

Contra Costa Labor Council: 1333 Pine Street, Martinez OR 2191 Piedmont Way, Pittsburg
· Saturday 11/5, precinct walks and phone banks from 9 am – 5 pm
· Sunday 11/6, precinct walks and phone banks from noon – 8 pm
· Monday 11/7, precinct walks and phone banks from noon – 8 pm
· Tuesday 11/8, precinct walks and phone banks from noon – 8 pm

In the North Bay:

Noreen Evans for Supervisor: 1700 Corby Ave, Santa Rosa
· Every day from now through election day there will at least be walks and phone banks from 10 am – 1 pm.
· On Tuesday 11/1 and Wednesday 11/2, an additional precinct walk starts at 4:30 pm.
· On Saturday 11/5 and Sunday 11/6, precinct walks all day (10 am – 6 pm).
· On Monday 11/7 precinct walks and phone banks from 10 am – 1 pm
· On Election Day 11/8 there will be precinct walks all day from 8 am – 8 pm)

North Bay Labor Council: 2525 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa
· Monday 10/31, phone banks from 3 pm – 8 pm
· Tuesday 11/1— Friday 11/4, phone banks from 1 pm – 8 pm
· Saturday 11/5, phone banks from 10 am – 8 pm
· Sunday 11/6, phone banks from 11 am – 8 pm
· Monday 11/7 & Tuesday 11/8, phone banks 10 am – 8 pm

In North Central:

SEIU 1021 Union Hall: 2300 Boynton Ave, Fairfield
· Saturday 11/05, phone banks and precinct walks from 9 am – 1 pm
· Sunday 11/6, phone banks and precinct walks from 11 am – 3 pm
· Monday 11/7, phone banks from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
· Tuesday 11/8, phone banks and precinct walks from noon – 7 pm

Monica Brown for Supervisor: Meet at the Benicia Safeway
· Saturday 11/5, precinct walk from 10 am – 2 pm
· Sunday 11/6, precinct walk from 11 am – 2 pm
· Monday 11/7, meeting location TBD from 10 am to 2 pm
· Tuesday 11/8, meeting location TBD from 10 am to 2 pm

In San Francisco:

SEIU 1021 Union Hall: 350 Rhode Island Ave, San Francisco
· Saturday 11/5, precinct walks and phone banks from 9 am – 5 pm
· Sunday 11/6, precinct walks and phone banks from 11 am – 7 pm
· Monday 11/7, precinct walks and phone banks from noon to 8 pm
· Tuesday 11/8, precinct walks and phone banks from 7 am – 8pm

In San Joaquin County:

Gustavo Medina for Supervisor: 1470 W. Elm Street, Stockton
· Saturday 11/5, precinct walks and phone banks from 9:30 m – 1 pm

SEIU 1021 Union Hall: 4226 Coronado Avenue, Stockton
· Monday 11/7, precinct walks and phone banks from 10:00 am – 6 pm
· Tuesday 11/8, precinct walks and phone banks from 9:00 am – 6 pm

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This election is important! I want to help out.

Great! It’s easy:

  1. Phone Banking is every Monday – Thursday night until the election, 5pm, at the union hall: 350 Rhode Island Street
    (except holidays)
  2. Precinct walking is Wednesday evenings at 5, and Saturday mornings at 10 until the election, at the union hall: 350 Rhode Island Street (except holidays)
  3. If you are interested in going to Nevada to help get out the vote for Hillary Clinton, contact Brenda Barros for details

Join us some time. It’s fun, and we’ll get you some training and a partner if you’ve never done it before. Please RSVP to make sure we have food for you.

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How do I participate in SF COPE?

If you’re a member who lives or works in San Francisco, or has information important to our members in San Francisco, you are most welcome at SF COPE. We generally meet the first Thursday of the month. You can always find out when our next meeting is (and get agendas and supporting materials) by visiting the SF COPE website or join our private Facebook group.

All members are encouraged to speak and discuss issues at SF COPE, but only delegates may vote. If your chapter doesn’t currently send delegates, please have a chapter officer contact political organizer Ariana Casanova or one of the Tri-Chairs to get delegates selected.

 

SF COPE Tri-Chairs

Connie Smith, SFPUC

Brenda Barros, General Hospital

Josh Davidson, SF Unified Schools

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Vote for an Affordable, Livable San Francisco! SF COPE Endorsements

Find out about meetings of the SF Committee on Political Education and come share your voice and perspective

Vote by mail or in person by Tuesday, November 8!
Where’s my polling place? | Where Can I Vote Early?

Jane Kim

State Senate District 11: Jane Kim

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Supervisor District 1: Sandra Lee Fewer

Supervisor District 3: Aaron Peskin

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Supervisor District 7: Norman Yee

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Supervisor District 9: Hilary Ronen

Kimberly Alvarenga

Supervisor District 11: Kimberly Alvarenga

Lateefah Simon

BART Board District 7: Lateefah Simon

Bevan Dufty

BART Board District 9: Bevan Dufty

SFUSD Board of Education
Vote for all four

Rachel Norton


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Stevon Cook

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Matt Haney

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Mark Sanchez

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City College Board of Trustees
Vote for all four

Tom Temprano

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Alex Randolph

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Rafael Mandelman

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Amy Bacharach

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Local Ballot Propositions

A – YES

SFUSD Bond

B – YES

City College Parcel Tax Extension

C – YES

Loans for Affordable Housing

D – YES

Special Elections for Vacant Supervisor Seats

E – YES

City Maintenance of Street Trees

F – YES

Voting for 16 and 17-year-olds in Local Elections

G – YES

Police Accountability

H – YES

Public Advocate

I – YES

Dignity Fund

J – NO

Set-Aside for Transportation

K

General Sales Tax – No Position

L – YES

MTA Appointments and Budget

M – NO

Housing Commission

N – YES

A Voice for Immigrant Parents in School Board Elections

O – NO

Offices Before Housing in Candlestick

P – NO

Make it Harder to Build Affordable Housing

Q – NO

Tent Ban with No Added Housing

R – NO

Neighborhood Crime Units

S – YES

Hotel Tax for Homelessness and Arts

T – YES

Restrictions on Lobbyists

U – NO

Raise Income Limit on Affordable Housing

V

Soda Tax – No Position

W – YES

Mansion Tax for Free City College

State Ballot Measures

53 – NO

Restrictions on Infrastructure Funding

Make it harder and slower for the state to raise money to build or repair schools, hospitals, and public works.

55 – YES

Invest in our Children and Communities

Protect our public schools, healthcare system and other vital services from returning to the days of massive tuition hikes, layoffs and budget cuts.

56 – Yes

Tobacco Tax

Keep our children from smoking and improve health care, reduce tobacco-related healthcare costs, and save lives.

57 – YES

Give Youth and Nonviolent Offenders a Fair Path to Rehabilitation

Restore the role of rehabilitation in California’s justice system, resulting in greater public safety.

58 – YES

Strengthen Language Skills for All Students With Dual Language Immersion

Help students learn English as quickly as possible and expands opportunities for English speakers to master a second language.

61 – YES

Fight Back Against Drug Companies’ Price Gouging

Use California’s bulk-purchasing power to secure lower drug prices for prescription drugs.

62 – YES

End the Costly And Discriminatory Death Penalty System

Repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

63 – YES

Ensure Gun Safety For All

Regulates the sale of ammunition and holds gun dealers, owners and government officials accountable for gun safety.

66 – NO

Reject a costly and reckless experiment with justice

It is confusing and poorly written; it will cost taxpayers millions, and it increases the risk that California executes an innocent person

 

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Local Sonoma County Endorsements for 2016 General Election

At the September 1st, 2016 meeting of the Sonoma County COPE (Committee on Political Education) the final endorsements were made for select Sonoma County Candidates and Ballot Measures. The COPE held three (3) measure and candidate forums in August that provided endorsement recommendations to the COPE.

See the graphic below for the endorsements (click to enlarge):

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School Boards Candidates Forum

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SEIU Local 1021 members of all Sonoma County Chapters are invited to attend our School Boards Candidates Forum. Your COPE has invited candidates running for the Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa City Schools, and Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School district Boards. This is your opportunity to listen to what they have to say and make your voice heard in deciding who we as the union choose to endorse.

Please RSVP by contacting our Political Organizer, Michael Weinberg, at: Michael.Weinberg@seiu1021.org or (415) 717-2185.

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City Council Candidates Forum

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SEIU Local 1021 members of all Sonoma County Chapters are invited to attend our City Council Candidates Forum. Your COPE has invited candidates running for both Santa Rosa and Petaluma city councils. This is your opportunity to listen to what they have to say and make your voice heard in deciding who we as the union choose to endorse.

Please RSVP by contacting our Political Organizer, Michael Weinberg, at: Michael.Weinberg@seiu1021.org or (415) 717-2185.

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A County Worker’s View on Pensions

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Marion Chase – Eligibility Worker

Read this Close to Home piece on pensions by SEIU Local 1021 member Marion Chase, published in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Marion is an Eligibility Worker with the County of Sonoma chapter.

Read article –>

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Labor Walk & Unity BBQ

Join your fellow union workers on Saturday,

Labor Wak For Noreen Flyer

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August 13, 2016 to kick-off the general election campaign with a Precinct Walk in the 5th District to help elect Noreen Evans as our next County Supervisor!

Meet at 9:30am at the SEIU Union office in Santa Rosa (600 B St, Santa Rosa). At 1:00pm we will then be BBQ’ing there in the parking lot. All volunteers and SEIU members are welcome to come!

Download the flyer and share it with your co-workers.

You can RSVP by calling:

  • Lisa Maldonado: (707) 363-4074  OR
  • Omar Medina: (707) 318-6631
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Courts Pizza Party!

The Sonoma County Court employees, our SEIU 1021 brothers and sisters, are in bargaining! There will be a Court Pizza Party on Thursday, July 7th in the courthouse patio from 11:45am to 1:15pm

Wear your purple and come on out and show your support for them and have some pizza too! Let’s Stand Up Sonoma County!SC-2015-action_001

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July meeting change for Sonoma County COPE

Due to the 4th of July holiday, the July meeting of Sonoma County COPE will take place on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 at 6pm at the Santa Rosa office (600 B Street, Santa Rosa, CA).

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Public Employee Relations Board Rules Against Solano County Negotiators As Solano County Workers Inform Board of Supervisors of 90% Strike Vote

Fairfield, CA – Today Solano County’s largest union, SEIU 1021, and its members delivered the results of their strike authorization vote. On October 2, 2015, 90% voted to authorize their bargaining team to call for a strike over the County’s bad faith bargaining.

On Monday, an Administrative Law Judge from the Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”) agreed with SEIU Local 1021’s unfair labor practice charge that Solano County violated the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (“MMBA”) when it re-wrote the MMBA’s fact finding procedure to give itself a competitive advantage in the process.  The ALJ’s decision is the result of an unfair labor practice (“ULP”) charge that SEIU Local 1021 filed against the County in 2013.

“What this ruling shows is that the County negotiators have been willing to bend the rules to their benefit,” said Akbar Bibb, Solano County Social Worker and SEIU 1021 Solano Chapter President. “The Board of Supervisors must direct the County’s negotiators to follow the law and bargain in good faith with its workers.”

PERB is also the agency that is investigating the unfair labor practice charge that SEIU Local 1021 filed against Solano County on September 23, 2015 alleging that the County has engaged in bad faith bargaining in ongoing negotiations for a contract.  In the 2015 unfair labor practice charge, SEIU Local 1021 alleges that the County has bargained in bad faith by, among other things, refusing to engage in dialogue to consider Union proposals on various issues, including safety of children who receive services from the County, as well as by failing to send a County representative with authority to the bargaining table.

Yesterday, the union filed another unfair labor practice charge against the County for continuing to charge workers 1% of the County’s CalPERS contribution toward retirement, despite the expiration of the County’s contract with its workers.

SEIU 1021 will file additional unfair labor practice charges against the County, including intimidation against workers who have participated in union activity.

SEIU 1021 represents over 1,800 Solano County workers, including social workers, eligibility workers, mental health specialists, public health nurses, librarians, Child Support Services specialists, public safety dispatchers, and veterans’ services workers. Altogether, SEIU Local 1021 represents over 54,000 workers throughout Northern California who make our cities, schools, counties and special districts a safe and healthy place to live in and raise families. SEIU 1021 members nurse our sick, educate our children, clean our schools, and care for our seniors and developmentally disabled.

 

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Stop the Koch Brothers – Support Susan Bonilla for State Senate

SEIU 1021 and Labor Council Friends Support Susan Bonilla for State Senate

SEIU 1021 and Labor Council Friends Support Susan Bonilla for State Senate

You might have heard the news: We’re now up against the Koch Brothers in the 7th California State Senate District, which is up for grabs in the May 19th Special Election. They want Steve Glazer in the State Senate for one reason: to bust public employee Unions. Glazer is running on a pledge to ban public employee strikes, starting with our own at BART.

Susan Bonilla, our endorsed candidate, has a 100% voting record for labor and the middle class, and stands up for our bargaining rights.

Contra Costa County COPE is reorganizing to meet this challenge head-on, educating our members, recruiting volunteers, and pounding the pavement to turn out voters.

The middle class is being dismantled as fast as big corporations can cut salaries and pensions, to give themselves tax breaks. The only thing that can stand in their way, is the same thing that stood in their way for our grandparents’ generation: working people standing together, using our strength in numbers to counter their strength in dollars. So come on out and help us talk to voters in person and on the phone. Even if you can’t vote in Senate District 7, this fight affects us all — this will be a low turnout election, so every effort will make the difference. We need all hands on deck.

Get Out the Vote Precinct Walks
Saturday May 16 9am-5pm
Sunday May 17 11am-7pm
Monday May 18 12pm-8pm
Tuesday May 19 11am-8pm
At 3 Locations
UFCW Trust Bldg, 1000 Burnett Ave, Concord
Boilermakers Local 549 Hall, 2191 Piedmont Way, Pittsburg
IBEW 595, 6250 Village Parkway, Dublin

Labor-to-Labor Phonebanks
Every Monday through Thursday 4pm-9pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm
Contra Costa Labor Council, 1333 Pine St, Suite E, Martinez
and
Every Tuesday through Thursday 4pm-9pm
Alameda Labor Council, 100 Hegenberger Rd, Suite 150, Oakland
and
Every Monday through Thursday 4pm-8:30pm
Boilermakers Local 549 Hall, 2191 Piedmont Way, Pittsburg

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Sonoma County Negotiating Committee Election Results

SEIU 1021 Sonoma County members have kicked off our 2015 Contract Campaign by electing the following members to our Negotiating Team.  Elections were held from Monday, April 20th to Friday, April 24th.

Here are your 2015 Negotiating Team representatives:

Clerical – Unit 001
3 Seats Allocated

Ed Daniels
Amos Eaton
Julia Ortiz
Char Mendoza (Alternate)

General Supervisory – Unit 0095
1 Seat Allocated

Gary Gutierrez
Angie Tate (Alternate)

Social Services – Unit 0025
2 Seats Allocated

Ed Barragan
Jennifer Murray
Steven Harrison (Alternate)

Services and Technical – Unit 0005
3 Seats Allocated

Paul Foster
Bill Christofferson
Rosio Perez
Rod Marusic (Alternate)

Maintenance – Unit -0010
2 Seats Allocated – Uncontested

Torrey Farmer
Kris Hale

Nursing – Unit 00800
1 Seat Allocated – Uncontested

Tim Tuscany

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Solano members talk the talk, walk the (strike) walk in bargaining

After our Solano County members voted to ask for sanction to strike, they decided to tell the county supervisors in person by visiting a board meeting on the way to bargaining Wednesday. Members have not actually voted to set a strike date yet; rater they’ve requested and received sanction for a strike from our Executive Board and the Central Labor Council, an important first step. A separate strike vote would have to occur before a strike can occur.

On Wednesday morning, the union informed the Board of Supervisors of the strike sanction and need for a wage proposal; later that same day the County’s team presented a hastily assembled wage proposal. The County’s management bargaining team also went out of its way to state that the Board of Supervisors is now committed to remedying the cuts from the last contract, but at a sustainable rate. While the first wage proposal is modest — a one percent wage increase along with a one percent cash bonus — it represents significant progress.

Before Wednesday the entire discussion had centered on the County’s “net zero” proposal (the same position taken recently by San Joaquin County).

But while members are encouraged by the County’s movement, they’re still pushing ahead with strike preparations and strategy. More than 100 members have registered for the Local 1021 Strike School taking place on Tuesday, August 6, at 6pm at the Fairfield Community Center, Willow Hall, 1000 Kentucky Street, Fairfield.

Our members in San Joaquin County and the Superior Court of Alameda County did the same thing, making a deal happen by authorizing and prepping for a strike while hanging tough at the table. A recent one-day strike in the City of Oakland resulted in a quick settlement and better contract.

To register for the Solano Strike School, call the Member Resource Center at 1-877-OUR-1021.

Daily Republic: “Solano County’s largest union says strike possible”

 

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Lockout at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – DO NOT PATRONIZE

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Attached above is the approved picket sanction from the Napa-Solano Central Labor Council to the Machinists to not cross picket lines to support this action. Our friends at the Machinists Union will be be picketing Monday-Thursday from 6am to 11am for now and Friday-Sunday from 9am- 3pm until this issue is resolved. We have been getting a lot of calls from affiliates asking how they can help. They are the only union at Six Flags so there are no other impacted unions at the park however there are affiliates that service the park, such as the waste haulers.

Below is Thomas Brandon’s contact information. He is looking for all the support he can get so showing up on the line to let them know they are not alone is a great start.

Thomas J. Brandon
IAMAW District Lodge 190
4210 Petaluma Blvd., N.
Petaluma, CA 94952
O (707) 795-0086
F (707) 769-8440
C (707) 696-1775

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom ride mechanics picket after lock-out
By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen Times-Herald staff writer
Posted:   05/04/2013 01:01:07 AM PDT


Ride mechanics for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom picket in front of the park during a lock-out on Friday in Vallejo.(Chris Riley/Times-Herald)

The only unionized workers at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom — its rides mechanics — were locked out of their jobs after their shift ended Thursday afternoon and spent Friday picketing in front of the park, union and management spokespeople said.

A park spokeswoman said the union contract negotiators left management with little choice.

“We have met with the union over the course of five months during which we made significant progress on a contract,” Nancy Chan said. “Over the last several weeks, the union stopped making any effort toward ratifying an agreement and we were unfortunately left with no other option to try to move the negotiations forward.”

There are unionized workers at five other Six Flags parks, she said.

The picketing will continue weekends until the parties reach an agreement or the park shifts to its seven-day schedule at which time the picketing would also go seven days, union spokesman Jim Beno said.

There are 24 mechanics at the park, represented by the Oakland-based International Association of Machinists, District Lodge 190, he said.

“They were locked out by the company at 3:45 p.m. (Thursday),” Beno said. “They only voted a union in about six months ago, and we’ve been negotiating with the company for a contract, and it was pretty amicable until discussions of wages and some training issues came up and the company took a hard line; made a take-it-or-leave-it offer.”

On-scene union spokesman Tom Brandon said park officials have created a safety issue by locking out the “highly skilled mechanics that maintain the rides within the park.”

“These guys are making minimum wage for mechanics required to supply their own tools — twice the minimum wage – and we’re not sure who they have keeping the rides safe now,” Brandon said. “We thought we had a deal, but then they finished their annual maintenance and rehab work (Thursday) and as soon as that was done, they locked them out.”

The average wage of comparable workers in the Bay Area is closer to $36 per hour, he said. Chan said the park doesn’t discuss such issues.

One mechanic was promoted to management Thursday and another worker, a welder, was certified as a mechanic, Beno said.

Park officials “have not and will never compromise the safety of our guests and employees,” Chan said. “All of our rides are being inspected and maintained daily by highly trained and certified individuals with years of experience. Maintaining a safe environment is our top priority.”

The striking mechanics say they’re dedicated to patron safety and see their contract as a fairness issue.

“(Park management) are forcing us not to work,” said American Canyon resident and three-year park employee Jeff Heineman, 30. “Sometimes you have to fight to do what you have to do, and I think getting the union in here is our fight.”

Union and park officials said they’re open to further negotiations and are confident an agreement will be reached.

“Our hope is that both sides will negotiate in good faith to achieve a mutually agreeable contract,” Chan said. “In the meantime, we are prepared to safely operate the park as we normally would.”

Though the picket line seemed to have little impact on park guests early Friday, at least one said she was concerned enough about ride safety to ask how long it had been going on.

“I’m worried about the integrity of the rides. That’s why I asked how long they were locked out,” Sarah Lenard of Camptonville near Grass Valley said. “If they’d said it was more than a week, I would have turned around. Let mykids on unmaintained rides? I don’t think so.”

Contact staff writer Rachel Raskin-Zrihen at (707) 553-6824 orrzrihen@timesheraldonline.com. Follow her on Twitter at Rachelvth.

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Local 1021 members: “We can’t believe the county’s hype”

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In their first show of strength, SEIU Local 1021 members in the County of Solano gathered county-wide as part of the first major action as part of the “Reinvest in Solano” campaign.

More than 350 workers in three locations received independent analysis, fact and figures pertaining to Local 1021’s contract negotiations with county management. The analysis revealed that Solano County’s financial position is stable and anticipated revenues are growing.

“We’ve always known that we cannot believe the county’s hype regarding its so-called deficits—now we have an independent financial analysis which shows that Solano County is in a far better financial position then they would have us believe,” said James Woolsey, President of the Local 1021 Solano County Chapter.

“Now we know management has the money needed to reinvest in our county and the work that Local 1021 members do.”

As part of the upcoming contract campaign, SEIU Local 1021 will be launching a collaborative effort which aims to bring community groups, labor unions, and the general public together to demand that the Board of Supervisors invests its increasing revenues into services for the citizens of Solano County.

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Solano COPE meeting

Solano County COPE meeting
First Wednesday of every month 6pm-7pm

 

2300 Boynton Ave, Fairfield CA

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SEIU Works to Keep Congress on the Road to Immigration Reform

By ELISEO MEDINA, SEIU INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY-TREASURER

Congress is getting ready to debate comprehensive immigration reform.

Members of Congress are discussing the issue behind closed doors and the White House is polishing its principles for public release. As the new Congress took office last week, the talk in Washington — besides the politically created fiscal crisis — was immigration.

“By-and-large, the United States is a nation of immigrants,” proclaimed House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, during the opening speech of Congress’ new term. “Built, enriched and strengthened by men, women and children who share our patriotism and seek the American dream. The strength of our democracy will be advanced by bold action for comprehensive immigration reform.”

The script for Ohio Republican John Boehner’s reelection as House Speaker included a nominating speech by ally, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA, which listed immigration reform as the second of three top issues — after tax reform — to be tackled by the new Congress.

The reason for Congress’s sense of urgency on immigration, of course, is the political rise of Latinos in the 2012 election, a point underscored by Vice President Joe Biden at a later event with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

“What’s different today is that the rest of the nation, the rest of America, recognizes it’s time; it’s your time,” the vice president said. “Have you ever seen a time when the Republicans had a more rapid epiphany about immigration than the one they had in this past election? All of a sudden…the American people know what their leaders are only figuring out, the awesome potential (of the Latino community).”

Therein lies our challenge. The talk in Washington points to the road for comprehensive immigration reform, but we all know the road is filled with sharp dips, curves, and yes, a few more cliffs. Our job is to keep Congress on track to enact comprehensive immigration reform this year and prove that the potential of the Latino community is, indeed, awesome. Our task is not easy.

Congress, after nearly crashing on fiscal matters, is being asked whether it can handle the ongoing budge battles and take on immigration. Congress has no choice. Congress must do immigration reform. The public demands it and so do the Latino, law enforcement, faith and business communities.

Lawmakers are going to have to learn how to steer and shift gears at the same time, and deliver immigration reform that places 11 million undocumented immigrants on a path to citizenship, requires employers to play by the same rules so that all workers receive fair wages and benefits, and keeps our borders safe.

We will be watching the lawmakers’ maneuvers. If they fail the test on immigration, we will help deliver the report cards to voters in the 2014 election. We are up to the challenge and hope that Congress is too.

 
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Election Night 2012: Local 1021 Members Make the Difference

On behalf of SEIU Local 1021 Officers, the Director of Field and Programs and the Director of Operations, I want to give you my sincerest thanks for the work you did to make our political program successful in 2012. With the passage of Proposition 30 and the defeat of Proposition 32, Local 1021 members helped secure a major victory for the future of California.

Prop. 30 passed with almost 54 percent of the vote—an 8 point victory. Prop. 32 failed with more than 56 percent voting no – a 12 point win for labor. The “No on 32” campaign proved effective and the passage of Prop. 30 was critical for Local 1021, averting $6 billion in trigger cuts to education and even more cuts to the services our members provide.

Local 1021 figured prominently in the 30/32 campaigns. Our members and staff led the charge on 30, carrying the banner to tax millionaires and fund education and other critical services. We collected signatures to qualify 30 for the ballot, then moved forward through election night to win. Our member-led campaign, spearheaded by one-on-one conversations with voters, helped propel the initiative.

Candidates supporting labor and the services we provide were also a focal point of our efforts in 2012. The work we did in candidate races and on issues, specifically on the phones and walking precincts, made the difference in some of these contests. We won most of our campaigns, but also lost a few tough ones.

We have witnessed how aggressively anti-union forces are pushing their agenda in California, but we have also seen how strong we are when we are united and mobilized. I look forward to continuing to work with you to build a stronger political program for a stronger union.

Chris Daly
Local 1021 Political Director

Download information on SEIU Local 1021’s Priority Race Results (PDF)

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