“I’m afraid of what will happen to our patients if we don’t strike.”
More Than 3,000 Healthcare Workers Vote to Strike and Will Deliver 10-Day Notice of Unfair Labor Practice Strike to Alameda Health System
Healthcare workers united in SEIU 1021 announce an unfair labor practice strike, issuing 10-day notice to Alameda Health System on Saturday, with a press conference at 1221 Oak St. in Oakland at noon on September 26.
At issue are unfair labor practices, understaffing, health and safety issues for the patients and workers, and an unelected, unaccountable management team that is not providing adequate patient care for the community.
Alameda Health System Members Say “Enough!” and Vote on Authorizing a Strike to Fix a Broken System and Protest Unfair Labor Practices
Alameda Health System is Alameda County’s safety-net public health system. It serves a mostly low-income community that is more than 70% Black and brown, and delivers more than 200,000 hours of patient care per year. As the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged our communities, with more than 20,000 cases and 350 tragic deaths in the county so far, the system has been stretched to the limit.
This election is unlike any other. 1021 fights to make sure our
voices are heard at the ballot box so that we can win on policies
that benefit workers and our communities. This year, we have an
added obligation to vote for candidates who will protect workers
through a pandemic and for ballot measures that fund essential
services through this economic crisis.
It is our duty as union members to stand up for our fellow workers and neighbors for workers’ justice. We do that by voting.
“This is an important bill”–Governor Newsom signs AB 736, Setting a Wage Floor for 20,000 Adjunct Faculty Members in California, Including More Than 500 SEIU 1021 Members
On Wednesday, September 9, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law
AB 736, a bill that will now correctly classify adjunct faculty
members as professional employees, making them exempt from state
wage and hour laws. These adjunct faculty members will now be
salaried employees, and their pay must be at least twice the
state’s minimum wage for a 40-hour workweek.
Labor Day Op-ed from 1021 Pres. Joseph Bryant: “American businesses should be part of the solution by coming to the table with government and essential workers to ensure a recovery that benefits everybody.”
The following are excepts from SEIU 1021 President Joseph
Bryant’s Labor Day op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle.
This Labor Day is unlike any other. We recognize that tens of millions of essential workers continue to risk their lives every day to fight this pandemic — feeding our families, caring for the sick and keeping our communities running. But properly honoring their contributions and their sacrifices will require more than one day of recognition; this moment requires action.
SEIU members from across California rally in Sacramento to support the Healthcare and Essential Workers Protection Act
Today, healthcare workers gathered at the Capitol to ensure the
passage of SB 275, the Healthcare and Essential Workers
Protection Act. The Act will create a comprehensive
PPE plan for California to ensure frontline workers never again
find themselves without appropriate protective equipment during a
pandemic or other emergency.
Today, former Vice President and Democratic nominee for President Joe Biden announced that he has selected Kamala Harris, a US Senator from California, to be his running mate. Prior to being elected US Senator, Kamala Harris served at the District Attorney of San Francisco and the Attorney General of California.
On September 11, Bay Area parents and school workers demanded that the Senate pass the HEROES Act to keep kids and workers safe. In front of Oakland’s Dellums Federal Building,they rallied, sang and brought ‘Rotten Apple’ signs to Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Betsy Devos for refusing to fund our schools.
This year has been a challenge for all of us. It being an election year on top of everything else may feel like an added burden, but it is actually an opportunity for working people to get ahead, an opportunity we can’t afford to miss.
Since voting by mail is safe and convenient, the governor has ordered that a ballot be mailed to every voter this year. This means that if you are registered to vote with your correct address, you will receive a ballot in the mail. It is easy to check your status online at registertovote.ca.gov/
Students, Alums, Staff, and Adjunct Faculty Rally at California College of the Arts to Protest Unfairness, Financial Mismanagement and Cuts to Student Services
More than a year ago, staff workers at California College of the Arts overwhelmingly voted to form a union. These roughly 150 workers provide a wide range of student services at the school, from clerical and IT work to library staffers and artists in the school’s studios. Since their ratification vote in April of 2019, these staffers have worked to bargain their first contract with CCA administration.
From the frontlines: Taffie Walter, Chief Psychiatric Technician at San Joaquin County Behavioral Health, tells her story
I work in a different type of emergency room—a mental health
emergency room. It’s become more real in the last month or
so. Everyone is stressed out working during this crisis. I don’t
talk about it much, but it’s dangerous working in an
acute psychiatric facility.
SEIU Local 1021’s Internship for Leader Development is looking for energetic and motivated members who are committed to working for social and racial justice, believe in the value of work, the democratic process, and the importance of public services. This program will train and mobilize members who want to unleash their leadership potential.
On Monday, July 20, our members in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Sacramento joined tens of thousands of workers nationwide in more than 25 cities in solidarity with the #StrikeForBlackLives.
Our union has a vision for a just society where all workers are valued and all people respected, no matter where they are from or the color of their skin. All families deserve to thrive in a more just and equitable but until Black communities and other communities of color can thrive, none of our communities truly can.
After months of negotiating in the midst of a global pandemic, SEIU 1021 members at the City of Berkeley have reached a tentative agreement (TA) with City management. Like so many SEIU 1021 members have experienced since the COVID-19 outbreak began, workers in Berkeley were fighting to protect vital City services, ensure workplace safety, and safeguard jobs.