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Low-Income Residents Blast Mayor Lee For Poor Housing Policies, Lack Of Jobs And Increased Gun Violence In Bayview-Hunters Point

SEIU 1021 President Roxanne Sanchez and SEIU 1021 Member Phelicia Jones

On Friday, August 8, dozens of SEIU 1021 members, local elected officials and Bayview residents gathered at a press conference at Mendell Plaza to call on Mayor Ed Lee for support in stopping gun violence and improving income inequality in the predominately African American neighborhood.

Out of the 24 homicides this year in San Francisco, twelve were in District 10 — Bayview-Hunters Point, Potrero Hill and Visitacion Valley — where much of The City’s low-rise public housing is located. The dilapidated apartments — Sunnydale Housing Projects — shelter its residents from the dangers in the streets. In the Bayview, many still struggle to find work while San Francisco’s overall unemployment is lower than the state’s average.

“San Francisco is seen as one of the most liberal forward thinking cities in America and yet, in the shadow of our city’s growing prosperity is a vanishing African American and working class population that struggles between poverty and well-being,” said Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

One of the biggest notable disparities in the City is the booming tech industry in the Mid-Market District compared to the lack of jobs in the Bayview District. While Mayor Lee touts the low unemployment rate, residents in the Bayview are still struggling to find work.

“We gave a $27 million tax break to Twitter. Where are the jobs for the Bayview? San Francisco is the wealthiest city in this country and we have the fastest-growing inequality in the country,” said Supervisor David Campos.

Residents in the Bayview-Hunters Point have been dealing with poor housing policies, an unsupportive education system, and high unemployment. Advocates called on Mayor Ed Lee for a comprehensive solution to solve these issues.

“We are asking Ed Lee to be a champion of justice and to stand and help the whole community that has been living in bloodshed and violence,” said Phelicia Jones, SEIU 1021 member and chair of the Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community Committee.

Event Photos:https://www.flickr.com/photos/89592077@N08/sets/72157646279807001/

Our event was covered by KTVU, ABC, SF Examiner and KPFA among others, below are the press clips:

KTVU 2: http://tinyurl.com/nhxyxt4
ABC 7: http://tinyurl.com/lyb6cmy
SF Examiner story: http://tinyurl.com/m2gc2os
SF Examiner photos: http://tinyurl.com/q5vfwfe
KPFA Radio: http://tinyurl.com/kw4grv8

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San Francisco RNs Approve Tentative Agreement

2014 RN Bargaining Team

Here, get the flyer: RNs APPROVE TA 

We are pleased to announce that San Francisco Registered Nurses of SEIU 1021 have ratified a new two-year agreement by a 90% margin! The votes were tabulated on June 16, with a majority of RN members participating.

In 2014, RNs and our allies came together at rallies, hearings, and ‘Worker Wednesdays’ to call out misguided City Hall policies hurting safe staffing throughout DPH.

We also started a public conversation about City Hall policies that have made San Francisco the City in America with the fastest-rising rate of economic inequality.

This agreement would not have been possible without the solidarity actions of RN members, the dedication of the RN Bargaining Team, and the full support of our organization!

 

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San Francisco Citywide Tentative Agreement Approved By 96%

TA Approved 2014 for web

On May 28, San Francisco citywide workers accomplished an extraordinary campaign that ended Tuesday night in 96% saying yes to a three-year contract. Our newly ratified contract was a major victory to stop the shifting of healthcare costs onto SEIU 1021 members and we won wage increases that keep up with the cost of living.

“After months of tense negotiations with the City, we have to a contract that allows us to continue to serve the residents of San Francisco while providing affordable health care for our families,” said Karen Joubert, a staffing coordinator at Laguna Honda Hospital.

Our effort to tackle income inequality in San Francisco is not over.  We launched a series of rallies, marches, and advertising campaigns calling on City Hall to take seriously the problem of income inequality.

We have proposed a broad program that includes raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2017; protections for tenants and affordable housing; safe staffing for public health and 9-1-1; and an end to tax giveaways to tech CEO’s.

 

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Tentative Agreement Summary for the SF Citywide Bargaining Unit

We won a major victory in our ongoing battle to stop the shifting of healthcare costs onto SEIU 1021 members and we won wage increases that keep up with the cost of living. Our bargaining team worked hard to reach this three year deal and they are recommending a ‘YES’ vote.

Here, get the:

CONTRACT RATIFICATION & INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS:

  • May 13 through May 28, 2014
  • Vote count: May 28, 5:30PM at the SEIU 1021 Union Hall.
  • See meeting dates and times below:

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San Francisco Workers Win Strong Healthcare Protections in Citywide Contract Fight

On April 15, hundreds of city workers and residents marked Tax Day last week with a major protest against the weakening of vital social services and the increase in economic inequality in Mayor Lee’s San Francisco. As part of the protest, 24 persons were arrested at San Francisco City Hall for performing civil disobedience -- sitting down inside City Hall to block the main entrance.

On April 15, hundreds of city workers and residents marked Tax Day last month with a major protest to end the Twitter Tax Break, weakening of vital social services, and protest the increase in economic inequality in Mayor Lee’s San Francisco. As part of the protest, 24 persons were arrested at San Francisco City Hall for performing civil disobedience — sitting down inside City Hall to block the main entrance.

*For Immediate release, May 9, 2014, 5PM :  Tentative agreement reached between SF City Wide Miscellaneous Bargaining Unit and SF City and County. SEIU 1021 RNs and MTA service critical  negotiations continue.*

11,000 SEIU 1021 Workers to Vote Whether to Accept Contract over Next Several Weeks

Workers Vow to Continue Push to Reduce Income Inequality for all SF Working Families

(San Francisco) The City and County of San Francisco’s largest union of public workers—SEIU 1021—today won a major victory in its ongoing battle to stop the shifting of healthcare costs onto workers. The win comes in the form of contract language, awarded today by Arbitrator Robert Hirsch, which sets forth a process for the City and the Union to work together on health care price and quality transparency, prevention of anti-competitive practices, and fair hospital pricing reform. The award also preserves 100% employer-paid employee only coverage and lowers premiums for family coverage.

SEIU 1021 members have stood together for more than two years to fight efforts by City Hall to shift significant healthcare costs onto workers.  Throughout bargaining, healthcare remained the top priority of member negotiators who argued that the City’s cost-shifting scheme wouldn’t address the real cost drivers in healthcare – anti-competitive pricing, waste and profit.

“Everyone deserves safe, quality healthcare. This victory for City workers is a step forward, but we still have work to do to improve healthcare in our communities,” said Karen Joubert, Vice-President of SEIU 1021.

Full details of the arbitrators’ award will be distributed at individual workplaces Monday, May 12, and SEIU 1021 workers will vote whether to ratify over the next three weeks. The agreement also provides for reasonable wage increases, life insurance, improved training and safety provisions as well agreements to create good jobs by putting restrictions on the use of outsourcing and limiting City Hall’s reliance on part time, temporary and as-needed workers.  SEIU 1021 continues to bargain contracts for San Francisco City & County Registered Nurses and workers in the Service Critical Unit of MTA.

SEIU 1021 vows to continue their efforts to tackle income inequality in the City.  1021 has launched a series of rallies, marches, and advertising campaigns calling on City Hall to take seriously the problem of income inequality.  SEIU 1021 has proposed a broad program that includes raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2017; protections for tenants and affordable housing; safe staffing for public health and 9-1-1; and an end to tax giveaways to tech CEO’s.

“We are pleased with the contract and it is a booming success for the Union. But we hope we have succeeded in amplifying the conversation about wealth inequality in the City. Income inequality is the defining issue of our day, and should be the priority for our city.  San Francisco has such wealth and technology that there is no excuse for the level of income inequality that we suffer under,” said Larry Bradshaw, Vice-President of SEIU 1021.

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SEIU 1021 represents 13,000 employees in the City and County San Francisco, working as hospital workers, nurses, librarians, secretaries, janitors, hospital security officers, SFO Air Field Safety Officers, MUNI MTA workers, adult and aging social workers, child protective services social workers, 911 emergency dispatchers, food service workers, museum workers, among other. SEIU 1021 represents 56,000 workers throughout Northern California.

 

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SF Citywide Bargaining Update #5: While Kaiser Decreases Rates, The City Wants You To Pay More

On April 15, hundreds of city workers and residents marked Tax Day last week with a major protest against the weakening of vital social services and the increase in economic inequality in Mayor Lee’s San Francisco. As part of the protest, 24 persons were arrested at San Francisco City Hall for performing civil disobedience -- sitting down inside City Hall to block the main entrance.

HUNDREDS MARCH ON TWITTER: On April 15, hundreds of city workers and residents marked Tax Day last week with a major protest against the weakening of vital social services and the increase in economic inequality in Mayor Lee’s San Francisco. As part of the protest, 24 persons were arrested at San Francisco City Hall for performing civil disobedience — sitting down inside City Hall to block the main entrance.

GET THE UPDATE 5 HERE (PDF):WHILE KAISER DECREASES RATES, THE CITY WANTS YOU TO PAY MORE

Remember last year when we protested Kaiser unjustified $15 Million rate increase? We got national press coverage during our fight to keep Kaiser accountable.

This year, Kaiser decided to drop rates by 2% in fiscal year 2015-16, and freeze rates during fiscal year 2016-2017.

You’d think the City would reward SF city workers with more affordable options? You’d be wrong. The City’s latest proposal would raise health care costs to a majority of us, even though the City’s healthcare costs have dropped.

The Mayor’s Bargaining Team Insists On Takeaways.

Healthcare: Mayor Lee wants a majority of us to pay more in increased healthcare costs – as much as $1200 more a year for the Kaiser option plus one.

Wages: The Mayor has offered a wage increase of 4% over 2 years. The Mayor’s wage proposal means a 3% pay cut, because it does not consider the rise in the cost of living.

Staffing: Today there are 4,000 fewer SEIU 1021 workers on the job since 2008. That’s not good for workers — or for the public. Staffing continues to be a problem at our hospitals, clinics and 911 dispatch

 Stop the abuse of as-needed, temporary & part-time workers: We need real full time jobs.

Arbitration Begins On Friday, April 25

Our goal during arbitration is to win on staffing, healthcare and wages. If mediation doesn’t resolve matters between the City and the Union by Thursday, April 24, the choices will be in the hands of the arbitrator, who can only choose between each side’s “last, best offer” on each subject.

Our Fight Continues — April 30 — Worker Wednesday at Larkin Youth Services at 12 PM.

The City continues to claim a false $67 Million budget deficit, but there is money to give away to wealthy corporations. Twitter alone – a company worth $30 billion – got a $56 million tax break in 2013. Other tax breaks for corporations and real estate interests are costing the city as much as $600 million in lost revenue.

We are protesting the Mayor’s policies that are making SF unaffordable for most of us. Meet at Larkin Street Youth Services — 1142 Sutter St, San Francisco at 12 PM — to fight for safe staffing throughout all City departments, fair contract for city workers and raising the minimum wage for all workers in SF.

Action Calendar

  • Wed., May 7, DPH Safe Staffing Hearing at City Hall Room 400 at 1:30 PM.
  • Tues., May 6, MTA Service Critical Action, at City Hall Room 400 at 2-5 PM

 

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Breaking News (SF Chronicle Front Page & other great press): S.F. tax-day protest marches on Twitter

 SF Chronicle: After rallying at City Hall, union members and other protesters march down Market Street near the Twitter headquarters.

SF Chronicle: After rallying at City Hall, union members and other protesters march down Market Street near the Twitter headquarters.

We landed on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle!

The following article was written by John Cote. Here’s an excerpt:

City nurses, janitors and other workers marched to Twitter’s headquarters on tax day Tuesday to deliver a symbolic tax bill for tens of millions of dollars for the “corporate tax giveaway” that helped persuade the company to move to San Francisco’s Mid-Market area.

The protesters passed a craft beer hall, an artisanal burger joint and a 754-unit luxury condominium project that didn’t exist before the city in early 2011 offered the tax break to entice businesses to move to the long-forlorn stretch of Market Street and parts of the Tenderloin – areas where the aroma of stale urine would often drift past clusters of men smoking in front of boarded-up storefronts.

So was it worth it?

Read more here: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-tax-day-protest-marches-on-Twitter-5405393.php#photo-6171254

Other press: NBC Bay Area at 5PM : http://tinyurl.com/km5g59
KTVU 2 at 5:30PM: http://tinyurl.com/mlto59k
KCBS at 5PM (Must Listen): http://tinyurl.com/n5x9llj

ABC 7 at 6PM: http://tinyurl.com/o7guwf6
NBC Bay Area at 6PM: http://tinyurl.com/nu4jzfl
KTVU at 6PM: http://tinyurl.com/ms8jsqv
KCBS at 6PM(among my favs!): http://tinyurl.com/kzuk6aq
KRON 4 at 6PM : http://tinyurl.com/plkdg6t

KNTV at 6:30: http://tinyurl.com/ozf8c7e
CBS San Francisco (Photo, Video, and Radio) of March and arrests
http://tinyurl.com/ndh68cj
Univision 14:  http://tinyurl.com/nxuyr2f
ABC 7 at 6:30PM: http://tinyurl.com/mrldo6h

CBS 5 at 11PM: http://tinyurl.com/ny8dw7e
KTVU 2 at 10PM: http://tinyurl.com/lf96vvh
NBC Bay Area at 11PM: http://tinyurl.com/lw7p6bs
KGO Radio: http://tinyurl.com/lr9xp2e
KCBS at 8 PM): http://tinyurl.com/lr5vr2h

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Breaking News (SF Examiner Opinion Editorial by VP Larry Bradshaw): Mayor’s San Francisco doesn’t work for everyone

Larry Bradshaw is vice president of SEIU's Local 1021 and a San Francisco paramedic. Here he speaks outside City Hall at a recent rally against tax breaks for wealthy corporations.

Larry Bradshaw is vice president of SEIU’s Local 1021 and a San Francisco paramedic. Here he speaks outside City Hall at a recent rally against tax breaks for wealthy corporations.

On April 17, 2014, the San Francisco Examiner  published our Vice President Larry Bradshaw’s opinion editorial.

See an except here:

San Francisco needs a raise — and a mayor who is committed to the fight against economic inequality. Working families are being pushed out of San Francisco at record rates. Those who remain struggle with an ever-higher cost of living. Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco doesn’t work for a lot of us.

That’s why Service Employees International Union Local 1021 filed a ballot initiative last week that seeks to raise the minimum wage to $15 for all San Franciscans by 2017. It’s part of our larger platform to tackle economic inequality in The City. That includes wages, housing, health care and transportation.

Read SEIU 1021 San Francisco VP Larry Bradshaw’s full opinion editorial here:

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/mayors-san-francisco-doesnt-work-for-everyone/Content?oid=2772162

 

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Breaking News (Recode): S.F. Tax-Break Protesters Target Twitter

Organized by the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 — the city’s largest, representing 9,500 employees – protesters wore San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee-inspired mustaches and carried a symbolic $56 million tax bill.

Organized by the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 — the city’s largest, representing 12,000 employees – protesters wore San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee-inspired mustaches and carried a symbolic $56 million tax bill.

S.F. Tax-Break Protesters Target Twitter 

The popular tech news site–Recode–covered our Twitter protest.  The story  features great photos and video.

From Recode:

Google-bus-blocking anarchists aren’t the only ones targeting the tech industry’s big names in San Francisco these days: The unions are taking their tech complaints to the streets, too.

On Tax Day Tuesday, hundreds of nurses, janitors, 911 dispatchers and others gathered at City Hall and marched the few blocks to Twitter’s midtown headquarters to protest the company’s payroll tax break.

For the great photos, video, go to Recode: http://recode.net/2014/04/16/s-f-tax-break-protesters-target-twitter-video/

 

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Breaking News (National Bloomberg TV News ): “Union Protests $56 Million Tax Break”


We made national news again! We were covered by Bloomberg TV News throughout Tax Day on April 15.  Bloomberg TV’s coverage of our Twitter Tax protest was fascinating!  See all the segments here:

• In the Loop With Betty Liu: “This Tax Day, SF Union Giving A Bill To Twitter”
http://tinyurl.com/l7ug92d

• Money Makers: “Hate The Game Not The Player”
http://tinyurl.com/kzyb9kj

• Lunch Money:” Mid-Market Companies Are Exempt– for 6-8 years– from paying payroll tax”
http://tinyurl.com/kvw7je7

• Bloomberg West
Zendesk:”We’ve Signed A Community Benefit Agreement”
http://tinyurl.com/kgerrl5

• Street Smart with Trish Regan and Adam Johnson (Five Talking Heads)
“Union Protests $56 Million Tax Break”
http://tinyurl.com/p92btmw

• Taking Stock With Pimm Fox
“Twitter’s Sweet Deal Taking A Bite of The City Budget”
http://tinyurl.com/ppdcl7r

 

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Hundreds of SEIU 1021 Members Mark Tax Day with Protest of Weakening of Vital Services

Over 1000 city workers, nonprofit workers and community allies rallied at City Hall, marched to Twitter and then returned to City Hall on April 15.

Over 1000 city workers, nonprofit workers and community allies rallied at City Hall, marched to Twitter and then returned to City Hall on April 15.

Over 1,000 San Francisco City workers, nonprofit workers and residents marked Tax Day on April 15 with a major protest of the weakening of vital social services and of the increase in income inequality in the City under Mayor Lee’s economic initiatives.

As part of the protest, 24 persons were arrested at San Francisco City Hall for performing acts of civil disobedience.

Prior to the arrests, protestors marched along the Mid-Market corridor, passing by the corporations that have enjoyed hundreds of millions of dollars in tax giveaways under Mayor Lee, with a stop in front of Twitter headquarters.  The march ended with a rally at City Hall.

Protestors cited significant funding problems for vital services such as 911 dispatch and San Francisco General Hospital as a direct result of the giveaway of hundreds of millions in City revenue to wealthy corporations.  The undermining of these services hurts working families in San Francisco already struggling with the problem of economic inequality.   Working and poor people are now being pushed out of the City in record numbers due to evictions, rising cost of living, and unaffordable housing.

“Mayor Lee’s San Francisco just doesn’t work for a lot of San Franciscans anymore,” said Larry Bradshaw, a paramedic and Vice President of SEIU 1021, who was among those arrested for civil disobedience.  “We see the results of Mayor Lee’s tax policy: more inequality for working people and less safe healthcare for everyone.”

The protest follows significant patient safety concerns raised by caregivers at two San Francisco institutions earlier this month.

Registered nurses and caregivers earlier this month decried the patient care problems caused by under-funding of the public health and under-staffing of nurses.  They reported that were no shifts in the year 2013—exactly zero—with adequate numbers of nurses and other caregivers at the San Francisco General Emergency Room. On every single shift, the City violated its own safe-staffing guidelines, as well as California’s staffing ratios.  Patient outcomes directly suffer when they do not have adequate access to a nurse.  The situation is so dire that patients may not even have access to the Emergency Room at San Francisco General.  In 2013, for at least part of every single day, patients were diverted away from the ER due to a lack of staffing.

“There is a culture of chaos at San Francisco General and in the way nurses are managed,” said Dan Merier, RN, who works at SF General.  “Patient outcomes are suffering.  We need to fully fund and fully staff our hospitals.  Any one of us could end up in the ER at any time.”

9-1-1 dispatchers at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management criticized a culture of delay for emergency calls in the City, noting that California law requires 90 percent of all emergency calls to be answered within 10 seconds.  Due to City under-funding, only 60 per cent of emergency calls in San Francisco are answered within 10 seconds.

“When you call 911, there should be operators to take your call,” said Ron Davis, who has been an emergency dispatcher in San Francisco for 13 years. “We just can’t wait 30 seconds, 45 seconds, or longer for a life-threatening emergency.  San Francisco needs a safe and efficient emergency system for our patients.”

SEIU 1021 has also filed a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in the City for all workers to $15 per hour by 2017. This is a key plank in SEIU 1021′s larger program to reduce economic inequality in the City, along with housing, healthcare, and transportation.

See our press coverage here:

SF Chronicle (Front page): “S.F. tax-day protest marches on Twitter”

 
SF Examiner: “Mayor’s San Francisco doesn’t work for everyone”
Op-ed by SEIU 1021 VP Larry Bradshaw
 
Gawker
 

 

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Breaking News (SF Examiner, Front Page Story): SF labor unions asking for pay raises amid hostile cost-of-living environment

A story-- about SEIU 1021 fighting against income inequality in SF -- landed on the front page of SF Examiner on Friday April 11, 2014. SEIU1021’s effort announced this week to place a $15-per-hour minimum wage measure on the November ballot, and ending Tax Breaks to wealthy corporations and a fair wage for city workers is all part of the overall dialogue about income inequality.

A story — about SEIU 1021 fighting against income inequality in San Francisco — landed on the front page of SF Examiner on Friday April 11, 2014.

We were  covered by the SF Examiner and the story landed on the front page.

Our effort announced this week to place a $15-per-hour minimum wage measure on the November ballot, and end Mid-Market tax breaks to wealthy corporations and fight for  fair wage for city workers is all part of the overall dialogue about income inequality.

Here’s an excerpt from the SF Examiner written by Joshua Sabatini:

While negotiations continue, SEIU Local 1021 is planning a rally Tuesday outside Twitter and City Hall to denounce the mid-Market Street tax break.

The union has fought the commuter shuttles used by Google and other tech companies, demanding an environmental study before legalizing their use of Muni bus stops for a small fee. Both efforts have highlighted the political and cultural tensions resulting from an economy fueled by a booming technology industry that is being blamed for pricing longtime residents out of San Francisco.

“We don’t mind them being here,” said Larry Bradshaw, a paramedic and vice president of SEIU Local 1021, of tech companies like Twitter. “What we don’t like is sweetheart deals.”

Bradshaw argues that without the Twitter tax break and with a greater fee for using Muni stops, the tech boom would continue.

Read the full story here: http://www.sfexaminer.com/PoliticsBlog/archives/2014/04/11/sf-labor-unions-asking-for-pay-raises-amid-hostile-cost-of-living-environment

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Breaking News (ABC 7 and other video, press): SFGH nurses say understaffing affects patient’s safety in ER

By Vic Lee, ABC 7 Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – Nurses and other workers at San Francisco General Hospital are making some serious charges. They believe the hospital has chronic understaffing which creates unsafe conditions for patients.

These allegations come in the aftermath of two high profile incidents in less than a year.

The nurses and the hospital workers are members of SEIU Local 1021and they say the understaffing is especially serious in the emergency room and say it’s happening on every single shift.

Read more: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=9498422

April 9, 2014: Nurses and hospital workers say understaffing affects patient’s safety at SFGH and Laguna Honda Hospital

PRINT/ONLINE NEWS
SF Business Times: http://tinyurl.com/qeqpejx
SF Appeal: http://tinyurl.com/pzvmn7u

TV NEWS
ABC 7(The segment was broadcasted nationwide! A few examples.)
• San Francisco 1: http://tinyurl.com/nbrcrss
• San Francisco 2: http://tinyurl.com/oduevzq
• Palm Springs, CAhttp://tinyurl.com/nnd85z2
 Richmond, Virginia: http://tinyurl.com/puz4dao

UNIVISION
• 11PM: http://tinyurl.com/nrs4cuw
• 6PM: http://tinyurl.com/plvqkzf

KRON 4http://tinyurl.com/q2z2vzr
KTVU 2http://tinyurl.com/qxux9ut
Balitang America AT LAGUNA HONDA HOSPITAL: http://tinyurl.com/nbe5wsb

RADIO NEWS
KPFA: http://youtu.be/5mWCaMW0Pcw
KCBS 1http://tinyurl.com/q54cgsy
KCBS 2http://tinyurl.com/phprmnh
KQEDhttp://tinyurl.com/nez2jwg
KGOhttp://tinyurl.com/p8v2qgg
KSFOhttp://tinyurl.com/p5bpd58

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Action Alert: Tax Day Mega-Rally & March TUESDAY, APRIL 15!

SF rally for website 2

Working families are being pushed out of San Francisco at record rates.  Those that remain struggle with an ever-higher cost of living.  Mayor  Lee’s San Francisco doesn’t work for a lot of us.

That’s why SEIU 1021 filed a ballot initiative last week raising the minimum wage to $15 for all San Franciscans by 2017. It’s part of our larger platform to tackle economic inequality in the City.  That includes wages, housing, healthcare, and transportation.

It includes fair pay for the city’s own workers – and enough staffing to keep San Franciscans healthy and safe. But economic inequality is the defining issue of our time, and it’s bigger than just one labor contract.

JOIN US TUESDAY, APRIL 15, at 4 PM for a rally outside City Hall. We will then march to Twitter to demand they forgo their $56 million tax break. The City needs the revenue to fund the important community services our members working for the City and County and for city-contracted nonprofits provide, and to fund reasonable wages that keep up with the skyrocketing cost of living in the Bay Area.

Economic inequality is the issue of our times. It is time for City Hall and Mayor Lee to come stand with us in our fight to make San Francisco livable for everyone.

 

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April 9 Worker Wednesday @ San Francisco General Hospital: Emergency Department Dangerously Understaffed Every Shift of the Year

On Wednesday, April 9: Hospital workers say that a series of troubling incidents linked to understaffing—they urge Mayor Lee to fully Staff hospital  services

On Wednesday, April 9: Hospital workers say that a series of troubling incidents linked to understaffing—they urge Mayor Lee to fully Staff hospital services

(SAN FRANCISCO)–On Wednesday, April 9, San Francisco General Hospital Registered Nurses and hospital workers gathered outside the Emergency Room Wednesday to say that chronic understaffing at the facility is making patient care less safe and has contributed to a series of troubling incidents in recent months.

Since 2013, the City has not provided enough staff to meet its own minimum and safe staffing levels. This is partly because there are currently 155 full-time unfilled positions for registered nurses or frontline patient care staff—a vacancy rate of 13.7% in the Department of Public Health (DPH). As a result, every single day of 2013, SFGH was on “diversion status” (turning away most ambulances) at least once.

Hospital workers point to this understaffing as the reason that the Emergency Department leads the entire DPH system in “unusual occurrence” reports for aggressive behavior by patients. There are, on average, about 80 such incidents each year in the SF General ER– about double the amount of any other public healthcare program in the City.

“DPH has created nursing in a culture of chaos,” said Emergency Room Nurse Dan Merer. “We are stretched too thin, it is not safe, and we can see the results in the adverse outcomes for patients. Sometimes that means unattended patients wandering off, sometimes it means others being assaulted by unsupervised 5150 patients, often it means patients who don’t belong in an Emergency Room being held there for up to 23 hours, and sometimes it means worse health outcomes for other patients,” said Merer.

Members of SEIU 1021 have invited Mayor Ed Lee to the SF General Hospital to address the dangers of understaffing in part of the Union’s “Worker Wednesdays”. “Worker Wednesday” is a play on “Tech Tuesday” when Mayor Ed Lee visits tech companies every Tuesday to hear how The City can help them stay in San Francisco.

“Can the city safely staff its own hospitals such as SF General and Laguna Honda? Of course. San Francisco is enjoying the greatest economic boom in years – and there seems to be plenty of money to give away tax breaks to wealthy tech companies. Twitter alone – a company worth nearly $30 billion – got a $56 million tax break in 2013. Other tax breaks for corporations and real estate interests are costing the city as much as $600 million, our research shows,” said Karen Joubert, SEIU 1021 VP of representation and employee at Laguna Honda Hospital.

 

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Citywide Bargaining Update #4: Economic Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

(April 2 2014)Worker Wednesday at 911

GET UPDATE #4 HERE (PDF): Economic Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

The City’s proposed raises are offset by more cuts

With the cost of living soaring, and local corporations making huge profits and reaping giant tax breaks, San Francisco city workers will fall further behind if the City gets its way.

The City’s proposal calls for no additional wage increase in 2014 and spreads small raises over the next three years — less than 3 percent into our members’ pockets over the life of the contract.

The City is also pushing to increase healthcare premiums and cut pay in other ways. In terms of real spending power, our members’ wages have fallen by 13 percent since 2002 as the rising cost of living has outpaced raises. Now San Francisco is experiencing a great economic boom — but the benefits are going to corporations.

Our members are struggling with tight budgets, high rents and displacement like the rest of the public and have made economic justice proposals a priority. The negotiating team is back at the bargaining table this week to fight for economic justice and these other priorities:

Top Priorities

  • Equal Pay for Equal Work– Restore Flexing
  • Lower healthcare costs & improve efficiency
  • Promote health through wellness activities
  • End the City’s abuse of ‘as-needed’ workers
  • Promote good, full-time jobs
  • Stop the deskilling of public services
  • Tackle discrimination & harassment

Ted Zarzecki, SFMTA

 

Action Calendar

  • April 9: Worker Wednesday, 12 PM. We invite Mayor Lee to come meet with us at San Francisco General and Laguna Honda Hospital.
  • April 12: Cesar Chavez Celebration, 10 AM. Meet at Dolores Park and participate in the parade celebrating Cesar Chavez legacy.
  • April 15: Tax Day Mega Rally/ March at 4-6 PM. It’s time for tech companies & corporate execs to pay their fair share. We gather at City Hall and march to Twitter, 4-6 PM.

 

 

 

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Breaking News (Video, Photos, Press): 911 dispatch understaffing delays emergency response in San Francisco

 

“When you call 911, there should be enough people working to pick up the phone,” said Ron Davis, who has been an emergency dispatcher in San Francisco for 13 years. “It’s upsetting when you or someone you love is in a life-threatening emergency and you’re put on hold for 30 seconds, 45 seconds, or even a minute and longer.”

Ron Davis, 911 Dispatcher: “When you call 911, there should be enough people working to pick up the phone,” said Ron Davis, who has been an emergency dispatcher in San Francisco for 13 years. “It’s upsetting when you or someone you love is in a life-threatening emergency and you’re put on hold for 30 seconds, 45 seconds, or even a minute and longer.”

On April 2, our 911 dispatchers told their story about how understaffing delays emergency response time for distressed people living, working, playing and touring in San Francisco.

On Wednesdays, we invite Mayor Lee to “Worker Wednesdays”, a play-on “Tech Tuesdays,” when the mayor meets with tech CEOs to discuss how to keep them in the city. If the mayor is a no-show, to our on-site discussion about issues affecting the public and employees, we bring out his proxy– a 7-foot cut out of Mayor Lee.

Next Wednesday, April 9 at noon, our RN’s and our hospital workers tell their story about understaffing and other issues affecting patient care and employees at SF General Hospital and Laguna Honda Hospital.

Get event photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/89592077@N08/sets/72157643540184524/

 

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 TELEVISION NEWS

  • KTVU 2: http://youtu.be/irD-Fr_grmI
  • Univision: http://youtu.be/93DBzHKnHbQ
  •  NBC Bay Area: http://youtu.be/JygAOJGAd8M
  • KPIX: http://youtu.be/K-1d41zyJQo

PRINT AND ONLINE NEWS

 RADIO NEWS

KCBS Storyhttp://tinyurl.com/mce3urm

KCBS Story 2 (Must hear):http://tinyurl.com/ksn7nl8

KGO (good story, funny ending): http://tinyurl.com/lqrlosf

• KSFO: http://tinyurl.com/mpl682e

Bloomberg News previews our mega Tax Day Rally and March.

 

 

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April 2 Worker Wednesday @ SF Emergency Management Dept.: 911 Dispatchers Say Staffing Is A Real Emergency, Too Many On-Hold Too Long

Dispatchers propose alternative to current staffing levels to save lives

(San Francisco, April 2, 2014) – Public Safety 911 Dispatchers and SEIU 1021 City Workers gathered at the SF Department of Emergency Management to say that chronic understaffing is forcing dispatchers to put distressed San Franciscans on-hold or calls are ringing longer than California’s mandated 10 second rule.

In California, the mandatory standard for answering emergency 911 calls is 10 seconds maximum. San Francisco isn’t meeting that standard. In fact, during key times throughout the day, compliance drops 60%.

“When a mother calls 911 because her baby isn’t breathing, 10 seconds matter. Improved dispatcher staffing will save lives. San Francisco 911 dispatch department is understaffed and needs to be improved,” said Sean Dryden, SF Safety Public Dispatcher and SEIU 1021 member.

Members of SEIU 1021 have invited Mayor Ed Lee to the SF Department of Emergency Management to address the chronic 911 dispatcher understaffing in part of “Worker Wednesdays” where city workers identify issues that Mayor Ed Lee should consider fixing. “Worker Wednesday” is play on “Tech Tuesday” when Mayor Ed Lee meets tech executives –- every Tuesday—to discuss how the city can help their tech company succeed.

Mayor Lee has used recent budget deficits to reduce staffing throughout San Francisco. Lee did not show up, SEIU 1021 members brought out a 7-foot cut-out of Mayor Lee while workers relayed the problems at 911 dispatch department.

Tech corporations, developers and giant health insurers have thrived in a city where our quality of life — access to affordable healthcare, housing and transportation — is suffering. Evictions in 2012-2013 were up 38%, while median rents are up 21% to 57% across the city.

“Can the city afford to fully and safely staff the 911 dispatch department? Of course. San Francisco is enjoying the greatest economic boom in years – and there seems to be plenty of money to giveaway tax breaks to wealthy tech companies. Twitter alone – a company worth nearly $30 billion – got a $56 million tax break in 2013. Other tax breaks for corporations and real estate interests are costing the city as much as $600 million, our research shows,” said Karen Joubert, SEIU 1021 VP of representation and employee at Laguna Honda Hospital.

During 2014 contract negotiations, more than 13,000 workers represented by SEIU Local 1021 — nurses, Muni employees, housing advocates, nonprofit workers and public safety workers — will advocate on behalf of our community and workers, focusing on key issues in public safety, housing, transportation and affordable health care for all.

 

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SF Citywide Bargaining Update # 3: More Work, Less City Staff To Carry The Load

 

800 SF city workers protest City Hall giveaways to wealthy corporations versus funding vital public services.

Over 800 SF city workers protest City Hall giveaways to wealthy corporations
versus funding vital public services.

More Work, Less City Staff To Carry The Load
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Download and share with our coworkers here (PDF):  Stand Up Fight Back #3
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Today there are 4,000 fewer SEIU 1021 workers on the job since 2008. Many workers are doing two or three jobs – and they feel it. That’s not good for workers — or for the public.

Our bargaining team is talking about workload and staffing issues; ending abuse of as-needed and part-time workers; keeping healthcare affordable; fair wages; equal work for equal pay for eligibility workers; other flexing classifications and protecting against deskilling. The city won’t respond.

Meanwhile, SEIU 1021 members continue to fall behind the cost of living in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

As housing costs soar, the city isn’t offering a wage increase that would help our workers catch up. On top of that, the mayor wants a majority of us to pay more in increased health-care costs – as much as $1200 more a year for the Kaiser option plus one.

The cost of living index has gone up by 25 percent since 2002 – and wages have fallen 13 percent behind. Meanwhile, our members face evictions and soaring housing costs that make it hard to stay in San Francisco.

Can the city afford to pay us a fair wage? Of course. San Francisco is going through the greatest economic boom in years – and there seems to be plenty of money to give away tax breaks to wealthy tech companies. Twitter alone – a company worth nearly $30 billion – got a $56 million tax break in 2013. Other tax breaks for corporations and real estate interests are costing the city as much as $600 million, our research shows.

The mayor falsely claims a budget deficit of $96 million – but our financial analysts say that overstates costs and understates revenue.

Our bargaining team is asking for wage increases that reflect the reality of living in San Francisco and the Bay Area today. We’re asking that the city take back those tax cuts the mayor has given to big corporations.

Remember: When the city faced tough times, our members made the tough decision to accept furloughs, wage freezes, and layoffs.We’ve paid more into our pensions. Hundreds of our members were deskilled to lower-paid classifications.

“We have given Twitter and Mayor Lee a deadline: By Tax Day, the day the rest of us have to pay our taxes, we want this big, successful business to pay its city taxes – just like everyone else,” said Karen Joubert, SEIU 1021 VP of Representation.

On April 15, we will meet at City Hall at 4 pm and march to Twitter to demand the taxes that are due. Join us as we fight for worker rights – and to take back San Francisco!

ACTION CALENDAR

  • March 29: Community Forum about Wealth and Disparity in the Black Community. SEIU 1021 office, 350 Rhode Island St., 9:30 AM – 2 PM
  • April 1: Tech Shuttle Bus Appeal Hearing, 3 PM. Forced evictions, soaring rents, displacing families and people of color are issues sited as the environmental impact of the tech shuttle busses
  • April 2, Contract Campaign Training, 5:30-8 PM. Join us for a training and discussion about our contract campaign for fair wages and affordable healthcare, sponsored by the Women’s Economic Agenda Project at the SEIU 1021 office, 350 Rhode Island at 5:30 PM.
  • April 12, 2014: Cesar Chavez Celebration, 10 AM. Meet at Dolores Park and participate in the parade celebrating Cesar Chavez legacy.
  • April 15, 2014: Tax Day Mega Rally and March at 4 PM – 6 PM. It’s time for tech companies & corporate executives to pay their fair share. We are gathering at City Hall and marching to Twitter, 4 to 6 PM.
  • April 22, 2014: SF Housing Authority Hearing. SF Supervisor London Breed is conducting a hearing to evaluate a new proposed plan to privatize the housing authority which may displace thousands of African Americans in SF.
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Breaking News (SF Weekly): 7-Foot Cardboard Cutout of Mayor Ed Lee Makes a Cameo at Union Event

SEIU 1021 city workers hold oversized price tags featuring the TOP 5 City Hall giveaways to wealthy corporations that are straining San Francisco’s budget and hurting working families.  SF Supervisor David Campos, SEIU 1021 city workers and SF residents gathered at the de Young Museum awaiting San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s appearance after being invited to “Worker Wednesday” on March 26.

SEIU 1021 city workers hold oversized price tags featuring the TOP 5 City Hall giveaways to wealthy corporations that are straining San Francisco’s budget and hurting working families. SF Supervisor David Campos, SEIU 1021 city workers and SF residents gathered at the de Young Museum awaiting San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s appearance after being invited to “Worker Wednesday” on March 26.

San Francisco: ‘Mayor’ finally shows up at Worker Wednesday excerpt from SFWeekly: “7-Foot Cardboard Cutout of Mayor Ed Lee Makes a Cameo at Union Event”

“SEIU Local 1021 has found a makeshift solution to get Mayor Ed Lee to attend their “Worker Wednesday” roundtables: a 7-foot cardboard cutout of the mayor. “… The mayor was a no-show to the Wednesday [March 26] event. As a result, the union crafted their own Mayor Lee and paraded the cardboard cutout of the mayor on the grounds of the De Young Museum where they were planning to meet. …

“This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you, but the cardboard version of Mayor Lee didn’t say a peep. We contacted the real Mayor Ed Lee’s office for comment. He too, didn’t say a peep.”

Read the story here: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2014/03/union_workers_cardboard_mayor_ed_lee.php

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