City and County of San Francisco

Providing Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico


SEIU 1021 member Jason Negron Gonzales and his medical brigade in Puerto Rico.

Jason Negron Gonzales has worked as a nurse in the Emergency Room at San Francisco General Hospital for over six years. When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in October, Jason was glued to the news.

It became clear to him that things were becoming worse, not better. “I’m Puerto Rican. I’m a nurse. I knew I had to help. I bought myself a ticket and went,” said Jason.

When he arrived in Puerto Rico, Jason connected with a medical brigade from the College of Doctors and Surgeons of Puerto Rico. Their team of doctors and nurses was dispatched to Utuado, a small mountain town. There they found many elderly individuals, living with no power, no water, no communication to the outside world, and few other resources. Bridges were washed out, and roads were impassible due to mudslides. “It was a public health catastrophe,” stated Jason.

Jason and his team brought medicine and supplies to the people, and did everything they could to tend to them during the week he was there.

Much of the power grid in Puerto was knocked out by the hurricane, and Jason noted that even recently 60% of the island was still without power. He relayed that members of the energy utility union had been fighting with the government for years to improve the power system, but government officials have been selling off public infrastructure to privatized companies. “The government is trying to take advantage of this situation, as are corporations that will benefit from the rebuilding. Their goal is to make money, not build a sustainable infrastructure for the people,” said Jason.

Even though professional staff warned against it, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency hadn’t signed off on it, The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority signed a taxpayer-funded $300 million contracting scheme with an inexperienced 2-person company called Whitefish to rebuild its electric grid destroyed in the hurricane. The work was shoddy, people cried foul, and the politically connected firm’s no-bid contract was cancelled under pressure. People saw it for what it was: political graft and a theft of public funds.

Corporations have become increasingly emboldened in an era where they are shielded from having to release financial information to keep themselves accountable. In a move calculated long ago by extreme right wing interests, public servants were made the enemy, and public agencies were gutted, making meaningful oversight of public contracting nearly impossible. The result is that we see contracts like Whitefish happening.

“I felt proud to be able to go down and serve. The union movement is playing a key role in rebuilding Puerto Rico,” said Jason. While he was there, the Teachers Union was fighting to re-open the schools, and at the same time running massive humanitarian brigades bringing food and water to people, using chainsaws to cut up debris and clear the roads, and helping rebuild damaged homes and other structures.

The work of individual Puerto Ricans helping their neighbors was really leveraged by organized unions coming in and magnifying that work with their resources and networks. “The potential is that through unions and social organizations we can get something better for the people, said Jason.

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San Francisco Housing Authority Stand Up, Fight Back, and Win

Punch SF Housing Authority for webOn July 12 Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) workers united in SEIU 1021 ratified a two-year contract. The agreement between SFHA and the workers secures cost-of-living increases and a stipend to be used towards healthcare.

“One of our main priorities was affordable healthcare for our families and a wage that keeps up with the cost of living in San Francisco, ” said Teresa Lee, SEIU 1021 SFHA Chapter President. Workers took action to fight for the issues that mattered to them and showed that when workers stand united, they win.

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SF Museum Guards Win A Major Victory To Work A 40-Hour Week

SF Museum Workers

Seventy San Francisco Museum Guards, united inSEIU 1021, won an 11-year struggle to change their part-time 35-hour workweek into a full-time 40-hour workweek. On June 23, the City and County and SEIU 1021 reached an agreement that will add an extra hour per workday to their existing schedule, effective October 1, 2017. Prior to this win, the lack of a 40-hour workweek cost each museum guard over $8,000 per year in lost wages and in pension contributions.

Museum Guards, who are mostly people of color, and Admission Attendants were the only group of employees that exclusively had a reduced 35-hour workweek, while all other city departments were hired a 40-hour a week.  Today, 8 admissions attendants employed at the Fine Arts Museums continue to work 35-hour week and their struggle continues for restoration.

“I’m very excited for this victory for museum guards. Our main goal was to erase the double standard of being the only group of employees with a 35-hour workweek.  We are a 24-hour operation and our main goal is to protect museum patrons, staff, the buildings, and the City’s art. The shortened workweek was hurting the services we provide,” said Tim Sullivan, Asian Art Museum Guard.

Together, with our allies, Supervisors Aaron Peskin and  Jane Kim, we were able to win this victory.


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911 Dispatchers Testify about Staffing Crisis at San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management

911 Dispatcher TestifyOn June 12, San Francisco Emergency Dispatchers testified before the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee about the severe and chronic staffing shortages that have led to unsustainable workloads, imperiling public safety. SEIU 1021 members spoke of the city’s failure to hire and retain dispatchers to fix the staffing gap.

“Inadequate staffing at 911 is an injustice that puts people’s lives in danger. The department survives on a bare-bones staff who are required to work overtime, which adds to burnout from the high-stress job,” said Burt Wilson, a 9-year Public Safety Communications Dispatcher.

“We calm frantic callers requesting help for a family member having a heart attack. We provide emergency support in a foot pursuit of an armed robbery suspect, and we assist the elderly unable to get home. As stressful as these calls are, a constant stress is that we have a department unable to support them,” said Natalie Elicetche, a 15-year veteran, in her testimony before the Public Safety Committee.

In the News:
San Francisco Chronicle. “No easy answers for SF’s frustrated, overworked 911 dispatchers”
KTVU: “911 dispatchers in SF tell supervisors they’re overworked, understaffed”

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SF Non-Profit Workers Storm City Hall to Send A Message to Mayor Lee

NonProfit v2 for web v2Over 70 San Francisco nonprofit workers, their clients, and advocates delivered hundreds of postcards demanding a fair budget for the city’s nonprofits and workers on May 24. Workers marched and chanted from the majestic San Francisco City Hall staircase to the Mayor’s Lee’s office.

The over 750 postcards– featured the testimonials of non-profit workers– were delivered to Mayor Lee’s office. Most told of the struggle of trying to make ends meet.

“I can’t afford to live in the community I serve,” wrote Devan Rosene, a 5-year employee at the Sharder House which is part of Progress Foundation.  The Shrader house is an acute diversion unit where workers stabilize patients during a psychiatric crisis.  Workers at Shader House serve the homeless population and the most vulnerable in San Francisco.

Devan Rosene

Tens of thousands of vulnerable San Franciscans at approximately 800 residential, mental health, and other social service agencies around the City rely on the work of nonprofit workers who are demanding fairness and equality in Mayor Lee’s Budget.

In front of Mayor Lee’s office, nonprofit workers held a short program and workers told their stories of struggle. They testified about the inequality between the city’s non profit worker and the for-profit contractors automatically receive a cost-of-doing-business allowance in their contracts.  Non-profit workers are seeking a 3.5 percent cost-of-doing-business in  Mayor Lee’s budget revise out in June.

The City of San Francisco grants routine annual cost-of-doing-business increases to for-profit contractors.  Nonprofits who are subcontracted by the city, on the other hand, are not granted the increases on a routine basis. Without those regular increases, workers are unable to keep up with the rising cost of living in the Bay Area.

Meanwhile, the City’s budget nears $10 Billion for 2017—the largest in San Francisco’s history.

Alysabeth Alexander-Tut, SEIU 1021 Vice President of Politics, wasn’t shy to pinpoint how the city manages to help so many people on the cheap.

“San Francisco brags about the work we do. The Mayor says we are the most compassionate City in America. Yes, we help the most vulnerable in the City. Mayor Lee, you do it off our backs–the backs of low-wage workers,” said Alexander-Tut.

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San Francisco Workers Join City/County in Legal Action Against Trump “Sanctuary City” Order


  • Brief Filed in Federal Court Wednesday Says Services for Millions Locally Are Undermined by Trump’s Immigration Executive Order;
  • Workers Aim to Protect County Services– Local Residents Fear Illegal Trump Defunding and Retaliation

Workers who are represented by the Service Employees International Union in San Francisco today announced they have filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of the lawsuit filed by the City and County of San Francisco. The amicus brief tells the stories of front-line workers and the harm that Trump’s Executive Order is doing to the services they provide and the local residents who count on them.

At the news conference outside the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, the workers said they are standing together to protect the essential services all San Francisco residents count on – including health care, home care, public health, transportation, social services, and emergency response.

“I’m proud to stand together with other public workers and to stand up for the services people in San Francisco count on. With our legal action, we are calling for a halt to the illegal and destructive Trump Executive Order that hurts our community,” said Sasha Cuttler, RN, a nurse at San Francisco General Hospital and member of SEIU Local 1021. In the amicus brief, Cuttler shares his first-hand experience and background in infectious disease, cautioning that the fear instilled by Trump’s order may deter people from seeking care. “Public health has no borders and making people afraid to accept care is a recipe for epidemic disease. That’s an inevitable consequence.”

In January, Trump signed an Executive Order to withhold federal funding from cities, counties and states that have welcoming policies toward immigrants. This defunding occurs even though federal funding has nothing to do with immigration enforcement. On January 31, the City and County of San Francisco filed a federal lawsuit to block Trump’s Executive Order, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution.   Today’s amicus brief, filed in federal court, detailed the impact the Trump order has had on the work provided by public employees in San Francisco and the people they serve.

“Trump’s Executive Order retaliates against residents of San Francisco and other jurisdictions nationwide in violation of the U.S. Constitution,” said Roxanne Sanchez, President of SEIU 1021.  “Our amicus brief is a statement to the court and to the public, that we refuse to allow crucial services to be held hostage for the fulfillment of Trump’s divisive and hateful agenda.”

President Trump’s Executive Order is an unconstitutional attempt to intimidate and punish cities, counties, states, hospitals and schools that refuse to participate in his inhumane immigration policies that separate families and violate our American values. The amicus brief, written from workers’ perspectives, explains the human consequences of the Trump administration’s hateful, anti-immigrant policies on the communities these workers serve.


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San Francisco Citywide and MTA Service Critical Members Ratify Contract Extension

Thousands of San Francisco SEIU 1021 members turned out to vote and approve the contract extension. From Hetch Hetchy to the Hall of Justice to SF General Hospital and all
chapters in between, members overwhelmingly voted YES! This extension protects our contract for the next two years, with a solid wage increase of 3% each year over two years
and guarantees that our healthcare remains the same during this uncertain political and economic time. We must ALL do our part to enforce our contract, fight back against
threats to the rights of working families and our communities, and resolve the issues that impact our jobs and the public services we provide.

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96% of San Francisco RNs Say YES!


96% of Registered Nurses in the City and County of San Francisco ratified the contract extension. Now that we have ratified the contract, we need to remain united for the challenges ahead: advocating for our patients, access to affordable healthcare and a safe working environment.

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SFCC Miscellaneous and MTA Service Critical Voting Schedule

Additional Community Public Health and Mental Health voting date/times

Monday, February 13





400 Mansell St.


101 Grove St.


1099 Sunnydale Ave., 3rd Floor


555 Polk St., Criminal Justice


1728 Bancroft St.


887 Potrero Ave.


3801 3rd St., 2nd Floor


134 Golden Gate Ave.



Chapters Day Date Time Location
All Chapters Wed. 2/1/17 9AM-5PM SEIU Office – 350 Rhode Island Ste. 100S
Thurs. 2/2/17 9AM-5PM
Fri. 2/3/17 9AM-5PM
Mon. 2/6/17 9AM-5PM
Tues. 2/7/17 9AM-5PM
Wed. 2/8/17 9AM-5PM
Thurs. 2/9/17 9AM-5PM
Fri. 2/10/17 9AM-5PM
Mon. 2/13/17 9AM-5PM
Tues. 2/14/17 9AM-5PM
Wed. 2/15/17 9AM-5PM
311 Tues. 2/7/17 1:30PM – 3:30PM 1 So. Van Ness, 2nd Floor
Thurs. 2/9/17 8AM – 9AM 1 So. Van Ness, 2nd Floor
Thurs. 2/9/17 1:30PM – 3:30PM 1 So. Van Ness, 2nd Floor
911 Thurs. 2/2/17 6AM – 9AM Break Room off the Dispatch Floor
Thurs. 2/2/17 3PM – 5PM Break Room off the Dispatch Floor
Mon. 2/13/17 6AM – 9AM Break Room off the Dispatch Floor
Mon. 2/13/17 4PM – 7PM Break Room off the Dispatch Floor
ACS Wed. 2/1/17 1PM – 5PM 170 Otis St. – Lobby
Thurs. 2/2/17 10AM – 3PM 1650 Mission – near 3rd Floor Elevator
Wed. 2/8/17 12PM – 3PM 3801 3rd Street
Thurs. 2/9/17 10AM – 2PM 3120 Mission St.
Dept Child Support Services
Fri. 2/3/17 11AM – 2PM 617 Mission St – Lunch Room
Thurs. 2/9/17 10AM – 2PM 617 Mission St – Lunch Room
Civic Center Wed. 2/1/17 11AM – 2PM 1 So. Van Ness, 2nd Floor Atrium
Thurs. 2/2/17 11AM – 2PM 1390 Market (Fox Plaza) – 2nd Floor
Mon. 2/6/17 11AM – 2PM City Hall – Assessor/Recorder’s Office
Tues. 2/7/17 11AM – 2PM 1 So. Van Ness, 2nd Floor Atrium
Wed. 2/8/17 11AM – 2PM 1390 Market (Fox Plaza) – 2nd Floor
Fri. 2/10/17 11AM – 2PM 25 Van Ness Ave – Basement
Mon. 2/13/17 11AM – 2PM War Memorial Opera House
Mon. 2/13/17 3PM – 5PM War Memorial Opera House
Tues. 2/14/17 11AM – 2PM 1660 Mission St. – 2nd Floor
Wed. 2/15/17 11AM – 2PM 1155 Market St – 1st Floor
Community Public Health/
Mental Health
Wed. 2/1/17 8:3AM-9AM 729 Filbert Chinatown N. Beach
Wed. 2/1/17 8:30am-9:30am 2712 Mission St,-Mission MH
Wed. 2/1/17 10am-10:30am 760 Harrison SOM-MH
Wed. 2/1/17 10am-10:45am 1525 Silver Ave, FHC & SECFTC
Wed. 2/1/17 11:30am-12:30pm 1050 Wisconsin Potrero Hill-HC
Wed. 2/1/17 11:30am-12:30pm 1701 Ocean OMI
Wed. 2/1/17 1pm-1:30pm 1595 Quintera Av. Medical Therapy U
Wed. 2/1/17 1pm-2pm 2401 Keith ST, South-East HC
Wed. 2/1/17 2pm-2:30pm 1351 24th St OPHC/ Central City
Wed. 2/1/17 2:30pm-3:30pm 1309 Evans Family Mosaic
Wed. 2/1/17 3pm-3:30pm 1380 Howard Mental Health
Wed. 2/1/17 3:30pm-4:30pm 230 Golden Gate-TWUHC
Thurs. 2/2/17 6am-6:30am CJ1- 425 7th St- Lobby
Thurs. 2/2/17 6:30am-7am CJ2- 425 7th St- Lobby
Thurs. 2/2/17 7:30am-8am CJ4-850 Bryant St-Lobby
Thurs. 2/2/17 9am-9:45am  CJ5 1 Moreland Dr. San Bruno Lobby
Thurs. 2/2/17 3pm-4pm CJ5 1 Moreland Dr. San Bruno Lobby
Thurs. 2/2/17 6pm-6:30pm CJ1- 425 7th St Lobby
Thurs. 2/2/17 6:30p-7pm CJ2- 425 7th St Lobby
Thurs. 2/2/17 7pm-7:45p CJ4- 850 Bryant St. Lobby
Tues. 2/7/17 8:30am-9:30am LHH-Placement Unit (SPY 375 Woodside)
Tues. 2/7/17 8:30am-9:30am 3850 17th St Castro-Mission HC
Tues. 2/7/17 10am-10:45am 1301 Pierce St. Maxine Hall
Tues. 2/7/17 10am-11am 356 7th Street City Clinic
Tues. 2/7/17 11:30am-12pm 170 Otis St. Foster Care Program
Tues. 2/7/17 11:45am-12:15pm 555 Cole St. CHP-Youth-Huckleberry
Tues. 2/7/17 1pm-1:45pm 134 Golden Gate Larkin St Youth Clinic
Tues. 2/7/17 1pm-2pm 50 Ivy St. TWUHC Lobby
Wed. 2/8/17 9am-10am 1490 Mason St. Chinatown PH
Wed. 2/8/17 9a-10:30am 101 Grove 4th Floor
Wed. 2/8/17 10:30am-11:15am 720 Sacramento Child Development Center
Wed. 2/8/17 11am-11:45am 555 Polk Community Justice Court
Wed. 2/8/17 11:45am-12:30pm 798 Brannan St FAP (RN)
Wed. 2/8/17 12:30p-2:30p 1390 Market Fox Plaza
Wed. 2/8/17 1:15pm-2:15pm 887 Potrero Ave Rehab/Facility SFGH
Wed. 2/8/17 2:45p-3:15p 2789 25th St. Compliance SFGH
Wed. 2/8/17 3pm-4pm 759 S. Van Ness
Thurs. 2/9/17 9am-9:30am 3905 Mission St. SEMHS
Thurs. 2/9/17 9am-9:45am 3801 3rd St. Crisis Response Service Foster Care/MH
Thurs. 2/9/17 10am-10:30am 1360 Mission STD Prevention & Control
Thurs. 2/9/17 10:15am-10:45am 1728 Bancroft Ave. (off 3rd St.) Youth Center Clinic
Thurs. 2/9/17 11am-11:30am 2176 Mission Star Hotel
Thurs. 2/9/17 11:30am-12pm 1305- Evans Ave. Children’s System of Care
Thurs. 2/9/17 12pm-12:30pm 1235 Mission GA-SSI (HSA)
Thurs. 2/9/17 1pm-2pm 1171 Mission St. Respite & Sobering
Human Service Agency
Wed. 2/1/17 1PM – 5PM 170 Otis St. – 1st Fl, Lobby
Thurs. 2/2/17 10AM – 3PM 1650 Mission St. – 2nd Fl, Lobby
Tues. 2/7/17 11AM – 2PM 1880 Oakdale St. – 2nd Fl, Lobby
Wed. 2/8/17 11AM – 2PM 160 So. Van Ness Ave. – Front Conf. Rm
Thurs. 2/9/17 10AM – 2PM 3120 Mission St. – Outside Lunch Room
Tues. 2/14/17 11AM – 2PM 1440 Harrison St. 2nd Fl, Break Room
Wed. 2/15/17 11AM – 2PM 1235 Mission St. – Bob Becker Conf. Rm
Hall of Justice
Wed. 2/1/17 11:30AM – 4:15PM 850 Bryant St – Lobby opposite the ATM
Wed. 2/8/17 11:30AM – 2PM 850 Bryant St – Lobby opposite the ATM
Sun. 2/12/17 11:30AM – 1AM 850 Bryant St – Lobby opposite the ATM
Mon. 2/13/17 12PM – 3:15PM 1245 3rd St – Police HQ, Community Room
Tues. 2/14/17 12PM – 1:30PM 25 Van Ness – OCC Basement Room 70
Wed. 2/15/17 11:30AM – 2PM 555 7th St – Public Defender’s Office
Laguna Honda Hospital
Thurs. 2/2/17 6:30AM – 9:30AM 1st Floor – Outside Cafeteria
Thurs. 2/2/17 11AM – 4:30PM 1st Floor – Outside Cafeteria
Mon. 2/6/17 6:30AM – 9:30AM 1st Floor – Outside Cafeteria
Mon. 2/6/17 11AM – 4:30PM 1st Floor – Outside Cafeteria
Wed. 2/8/17 6:30AM – 9:30AM 1st Floor – Outside Cafeteria
Wed. 2/8/17 11AM – 4:30PM 1st Floor – Outside Cafeteria
Fri. 2/10/17 6:30AM – 9:30AM 1st Floor – Outside Cafeteria
Fri. 2/10/17 11AM – 4:30PM 1st Floor – Outside Cafeteria
Library, GUILD & LEUC Thurs. 2/2/17 10:30AM – 12:30PM 300 Barlett St – Mission Branch
Thurs. 2/2/17 1PM – 3PM 2825 Diamond St – Glen Park Branch
Fri. 2/3/17 11AM – 2PM 100 Larkin St – Main Library, Larkin Steps
Tues. 2/7/17 11:30AM – 1:30PM 190 9th St – Room 211
Fri. 2/10/17 11AM – 2PM 100 Larkin St – Main Library, Larkin Steps
Tues. 2/14/17 5PM – 8PM 100 Larkin St – Main Library, Larkin Steps
PUC – Moccasin Wed. 2/15/17 7AM – 3:30PM Moccasin
MTA Misc & Service Critical Mon 2/6/17 6AM -7AM Cable Car Barn/Yard, Lunch Room 2nd Fl, Maintenance
Mon 2/6/17 1PM – 3PM 2323 Cesar Chavez – DPH PCO Unit Trailer
Tue 2/7/17 6AM – 5PM 505 7th St. – Conference Room
Wed 2/8/17 9AM – 5PM Van Ness Station – Station Agent Break Room)
Thurs. 2/9/17 5:30AM – 12PM Woods Division – Lobby
Mon. 2/13/17 5AM – 7AM Presidio Barn/Yard – Employee Lunch Room, Maintenance
Mon. 2/13/17 9AM – 3PM 1 So. Van Ness – Revenue Break Room in Basement
Tues. 2/14/17 9AM – 11AM Green Barn/Yard, Conf. Rm #214, 2nd Fl
Tues. 2/14/17 11AM – 1PM Flynn Barn/Yard, Employee Lunch Room, Maintenance
Tues. 2/14/17 2PM – 4PM Green Barn/Yard, Conf. Rm #214, 2nd Fl
Museum Civil Service Thurs. 2/2/17 7AM – 10AM Asian Art Museum
Thurs. 2/2/17 4PM – 6PM Asian Art Museum
Fri. 2/3/17 7AM – 10AM De Young Museum
Fri. 2/3/17 4PM – 6PM De Young Museum
Thurs. 2/9/17 7AM – 10AM Legion of Honor
Thurs. 2/9/17 4PM – 6PM Legion of Honor
Public Utilities Commission
Wed. 2/1/17 11AM – 2PM 1000 El Camino Real – Millbrae
Thurs. 2/2/17 10AM – 2PM 525 Golden Gate Ave.
Tues 2/14/17 11AM – 2PM 750 Phelps. St. – Conf. Rm
San Francisco General Hopsital
Fri. 2/3/17 6:30AM – 3PM Bldg. 25 – Main Lobby
Mon. 2/6/17 6:30AM – 3PM Bldg. 25 – Main Lobby
Tues. 2/7/17 7AM – 9AM Bldg. 25 – Main Lobby
Tues. 2/7/17 11AM – 3PM Café
Tues. 2/7/17 6PM – 7PM Café
Wed. 2/8/17 7:30AM – 3PM Behavioral Health Center
Thurs. 2/9/17 7AM – 9AM Café
Thurs. 2/9/17 11AM – 3PM 26A
Thurs. 2/9/17 4PM – 5:30PM Bldg. 25 – Main Lobby
Thurs. 2/9/17 6PM – 7PM Café
SFO Wed. 2/1/17 12PM – 12:30PM 670 West Field Rd – Museum
Tues. 2/7/17 12PM – 1PM 575 N. McDonnell Rd. – 3rd Conf. Rm. 3-309P
Tues. 2/7/17 2PM – 3:30PM SFO Terminal 3 – Peet’s Coffee – Mezzanine
Tues. 2/7/17 10PM – 11:30PM SFO Terminal 3 – Peet’s Coffee – Mezzanine
Wed. 2/8/17 1PM – 3PM 1057 N. Access Rd – ASO
Wed. 2/8/17 9PM – 11PM 1057 N. Access Rd – ASO
Thurs 2/9/17 11:45AM – 12:15PM 837 Malcolm Rd – Burlingame Reprographics
Thurs 2/9/17 12:30PM – 1PM 797 North Access Rd. – GTU
Thurs 2/9/17 2PM – 3:30PM SFO Terminal 3 – Peet’s Coffee – Mezzanine
Thurs 2/9/17 10PM – 11:30PM SFO Terminal 3 – Peet’s Coffee – Mezzanine
Mon. 2/13/17 10AM – 6PM SFO Terminal 3 – Peet’s Coffee – Mezzanine
Sherriff Dept. Wed. 2/1/17 11:30AM – 4:15PM 850 Bryant St. – Lobby
Thurs. 2/2/17 11AM – 3PM Sun Bruno Jail Training Facility – Break Room
Mon. 2/6/17 11AM – 2PM City Hall – Assessor/Recorder’s Office
Mon. 2/6/17 4PM – 7PM SFGH Café
Tues. 2/7/17 7AM – 8AM 850 Bryant St. – Lobby
Wed. 2/8/17 7:30AM – 3PM SFGH Behavioral Health Center
Thurs. 2/9/17 1:30PM – 3PM SFGH Room 26A
Thurs. 2/9/17 4PM – 5:30PM SFGH Bldg. 25 – Main Lobby
Fri. 2/10/17 1:30 – 5PM Laguna Honda – 1st Floor, Outside Cafeteria
Mon. 2/13/17 7AM – 8AM Laguna Honda – 1st Floor, Outside Cafeteria
SF Fire Dept. Fri. 2/3/17 11AM – 1PM 1415 Evan St. – Station 49 Store Room
Port of SF Wed. 2/1/17 12PM – 1PM Pier 1
Thurs. 2/2/17 10AM – 11AM Pier 40 – South Beach Harbor
Dept of Public Works
Mon. 2/6/17 12PM – 2PM 30 Van Ness – 4th Fl, Lunch Room
Tues. 2/7/17 7AM – 9AM 2323 Cesar Chavez BBR – Conference Rm.
Wed. 2/8/17 12PM – 1:30PM 2323 Cesar Chavez BBR – Conference Rm.
Rec & Parks Wed. 2/1/17 3PM – 4:30PM 500 Felton – Palega Rec Center
Thurs. 2/2/17 12PM – 1:30PM St. Mary’s Rec Center
Fri. 2/3/17 9AM – 10AM Park Ranger HQ
Fri. 2/3/17 11AM – 12PM 1199 9th Ave – County Fair Bldg
Tues 2/7/17 12PM – 2PM 1700 Visitacion Ave – Hertz Playground
Wed. 2/8/17 3:30PM – 4:30PM 650 Capitol – Minnie and Lovie Ward Rec Center
Thurs. 2/9/17 11AM – 12:30PM 2699 19th Ave – Sava Pool
Thurs. 2/9/17 2PM – 3PM 2450 Harrison St – Mission Rec Center
Fri. 2/10/17 11AM – 12PM 1395 Mendell St – Joseph Lee Rec Center
Fri. 2/10/17 3PM – 5PM 1900 Geary Blvd. – Hamilton Rec Center
YGC – Classified Wed. 2/1/17 9AM – 10AM 375 Woodside Ave.
Wed. 2/1/17 3:30PM – 5PM 375 Woodside Ave.
YGC – Counselors Wed. 2/1/17 6:30AM – 9AM 375 Woodside Ave. – Next to Kiosk
Wed. 2/1/17 2:30PM – 3:30PM 375 Woodside Ave. – Next to Kiosk


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SFMTA Critical Services Tentative Agreement Summary

Extension of SF MTA Service Critical Contract

With strong support from members to explore a contract extension, the SEIU 1021 MTA Service Critical Bargaining Team engaged in discussions with management to negotiate the details of the contract extension. A majority of the Bargaining Team voted to accept the tentative agreement reached with the City on January 18th. The contract extension is subject to your vote and member ratification.

According to the members’ feedback, protecting healthcare was a top priority. In the next week, SEIU 1021 members will have an opportunity to review the tentative agreement to vote and extend the contract to June 30, 2019.

Contract Extension Summary (TA)

A contract extension means that the current terms of the contract we secured in the last bargaining cycle will be in full effect, with additions of the following:

Extension Term

Effective July 1, 2017. Expires June 30, 2019.

Wage Increases

YEAR 1 – Effective July 1, 2017: 3% base wage increase

YEAR 2- Effective July 1st, 2018 3% base Wage Increase, except if there is projected deficit of

$200 Million, then the 3% base wage increase will be effective January 1st, 2019 (6 months later).

Rounding: Base wage calculations for raises will be rounded to the nearest whole dollar, bi-weekly salary as opposed to rounding to nearest salary schedule.

Citywide Labor Management Committee

To address outstanding issues that are of criti- cal importance to workers and our community, we pushed management to establish a citywide Labor Management Committee (LMC) that re- solves issues through consensus. If no consensus is reached we can request a mediator. If the city refuses to implement the mediator’s recommen- dation, we can appeal to the head of MTA.

The citywide Labor Management Committee does not replace existing committees.


There will be no changes to your healthcare for two years while the contract is extended. By extending the contract we would be protecting the healthcare for thousands of our members and their dependents. SEIU 1021 members have the best healthcare plans among city workers: 100%-employer-paid healthcare for healthcare for “employee +1”—rates that no other City unions enjoy.

Ratification voting will begin next week. Dates and locations will be announced on bulletin boards and at

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Where have our raises gone?


Come Ask the Insurance Industry!

California family health insurance premiums have increased by more than 200% since 2002 – more than five times the state’s overall cost of living inflation rate. As a result, most of what we win in bargaining goes to health insurance, leaving our wages stagnant.


Why is health insurance so expensive?

Why do rates increase virtually every year?

What do our premiums pay for?

In 2015, Local 1021 worked with other unions to win SB 546, a law that requires insurance companies to be transparent about how they set their rates.


The law also requires an annual public meeting where the health insurance industry and elected officials hear from us about how out-of-control healthcare costs affect us and our families.


Did you know that San Francisco is projecting 7% increases in health insurance costs each year over the next five years? But Kaiser and Blue Shield – two of San Francisco’s insurance plans – are projecting average increases of only 4.4% and 5.5%, respectively, in CA in 2017.


Further, between 2011 and 2015, Kaiser and Blue Shield had average annual premium increases of just

3.9% and 1.6%, respectively. We need to know what’s behind the 7% increase!


We shouldn’t have to decide between decent wage increases and affordable health benefits!


Now’s the time to fight back and stop the insurance industry rip-off!

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Citywide Extension TA

MISC 2017 TA

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SFMTA Service Critical Actual Tentative Agreement

MTA Service Critical TA

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Health Insurance Public Hearing Action on Feb. 1

Health Insurance Public Hearing Action on Feb. 1


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SFMTA Service Critical Contract Summary


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Citywide Contract Extension Summary

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Tentative Agreement Reached to Extend San Francisco Citywide Contract

Before formal negotiations had begun, the city approached the elected bargaining team with the possibility of extending the current contract. Before engaging in talks with the City, the RN, MTA Service Critical and Miscellaneous Bargaining Teams went back to worksites to talk to members and get their opinion on the possibility of extending the contract.

With strong support from members to explore a contract extension, the SF Citywide Bargaining Team engaged in discussions with management to negotiate the details of the contract extension. The tentative agreement between SEIU 1021 and the city was reached on January 18th.

In the next week, SEIU 1021 members will have an opportunity to review the tentative agreement to vote and extend the contract to June 30, 2019.

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Notice of SEIU 1021 SF Housing Authority Bargaining Team Election


The current contract between SEIU 1021 and the SF Housing Authority expires on June 30, 2017.

We are bracing for a fight for fair wages, better working conditions, and quality public services. Our first step is to complete Bargaining Team elections by January 5, 2017 so we have ample time for member surveys, training, research, writing proposals and negotiations.

Take the first step and be part of the Bargaining Team.

Download a PDF copy of this notice and the nomination form

Notice of Election and Nominations: DEC. 7 – DEC. 21
Posting of Eligible Candidates and Campaigning: DEC. 22 – DEC. 29
Eligible candidates’ names will be posted on The exact date, time & location of voting will also be posted on Union bulletin boards at your work site.
Voting & Vote Count at Membership Meeting: JAN. 5
Votes will be cast and ballots will be counted on Jan. 5 at the SF Union Office, 350 Rhode Island Avenue #100. The results of the elected Bargaining Team members and alternates will be announced.

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San Francisco Retirement Restoration Pay (RRP)

San Francisco Retirement Restoration Pay

This webpage was set up to provide information about 114 San Francisco City & County retirees who the Union believes were eligible for, but did not receive a portion of their monthly pension: up to 4.62%. When SEIU 1021 agreed in our 2010 contract bargaining to take a 4.62% cut in pay for 2 years — July 2010 thru June 2012, the City agreed to set up a process so that anyone who retired and would have their pension reduced because of that cut in pay could get back the 4.62% and thus not suffer a cut in their pension.

Please read the letter and Question & Answer sheet below to understand what should have happened, and what we have set up with the City to fix it for those who did not receive the Retirement Restoration Pay at the time of retirement.  We have provided the letter and Q&A in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Retiree Restoration Pay Letter – Chinese

Retiree Restoration Pay Letter – English

Retiree Restoration Pay Letter – Spanish




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Hello. 9-1-1. Please hold.

911 ActionCould anything be more disturbing and incongruous than calling emergency and be told to wait?  Seconds matter in the kind of life-and-death situations 911 dispatchers face all day every day. But chronic understaffing at San Francisco’s Emergency Communications makes this an all too common occurrence, jeopardizing the safety of the city’s residents and visitors.

“We are mandated to respond within 10 seconds, but when we can’t, it’s scary,” said Burt Wilson, president of the dispatchers’ union chapter. San Francisco has a $9 billion budget and should be able to provide basic public safety services, but for the last three years the city has not properly funded 911 services.
Currently the Emergency Communications Dept. has 118 dispatchers when full staffing requires 180. So existing staff is mandated to put in 100-150 hours of overtime every 24 hours.  All that overtime, routinely working 12, 14 and even 16-hour shifts on an already face-paced and stressful job, is burning out dispatchers.  And the extreme fatigue those kind of hours produce can lead to dangerous errors when split second decisions need to be made.  The city just hired 15 new dispatchers, but it takes nine months to a year to train them.
“People are leaving faster than we can replace them. We’ve lost 30 people in the last two years,” said Cathy Osorio, a dispatcher and union chief steward.  “At this rate we will never catch up to where we need to be.  We are devoted to our jobs and understand how essential our work is to the community, but this is not a sustainable model.”
As the Board of Supervisors is deciding the city’s budget for the next year, the 911 dispatchers and their union, SEIU 1021, are held an emergency rally, Thursday, May 12 to draw attention to this vital public safety issue.
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