Coronavirus: how SEIU 1021 is protecting members and our families
A message from Joseph Bryant, President of SEIU 1021
Dear SEIU 1021 member,
Since coronavirus became a global pandemic, our union’s attention has been focused on how to ensure the health, safety, and economic well-being of our members, families, and communities—including many of our members who, in the midst of this crisis, continue to provide crucial services in our communities.
As the Coronavirus Threat Looms, Registered Nurses, Healthcare Workers Fight To Protect San Francisco
On March 5, hundreds of public healthcare
workers rallied at a press conference and testified at a
hearing at SF City Hall. Registered nurses, doctors, social
workers urged the Board of Supervisors to boost staffing and
provide safer working conditions at San Francisco Department of
Public Health (DPH) facilities.
Workers made their case: San Francisco needs more registered nurses and support staff, expedite hiring, more violence and disaster training, and include workers in decisions affecting their work.
With every passing day, medical and public health professionals are learning more about COVID-19, an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus that was introduced to humans for the first time in 2019.
This new virus seems to be very contagious and has quickly spread globally.
As confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus surface across California, there are a lot of questions about how to prepare.
A Brighter Future for Our Families By Supporting ‘Schools & Communities First’
Deadline for 'Schools & Communities First' Petitions is March 13
For months, SEIU 1021 members have been collecting signatures to put Schools & Communities First on the ballot in November. The March 13 deadline to turn in signatures is approaching fast, so make sure you turn yours in as soon as possible.
On January 28, SEIU 1021 members joined San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Supervisors Gordon Mar, Shamann Walton, Sandra Fewer and Norman Yee, and other unions, community groups for a rally celebrating the City’s broad support of Schools & Communities First Ballot Initiative.
This exciting measure would reclaim $12 billion each year from wealthy corporations like Chevron and Shell Oil to fund schools and local services. The initiative specifically exempts all residential property, guaranteeing that homeowners and renters will be protected.
At Alameda Health System, 1021 Members Stand Up for a Safe Workplace and a Healthy Environment for Patients
For years, Alameda Health System hospitals have faced
underfunding from the County. Understaffed departments are
struggling to provide adequate care for the poor, the elderly,
the homeless, and people experiencing mental health crises. Now,
SEIU 1021 members are standing up and saying “Enough is
As Trans-Inclusive Clinic Confirms Closure, Advocates Rally For Emergency Funds From The City to Keep It Open
The emergency funding from the City will ensure the survival of the one of few clinics providing gender-affirming care
On March 12, more than 150 nurses, providers, supporters held a
rally to demand the City of San Francisco provide $1.4 million in
emergency supplemental funding to stabilize Lyon-Martin and
the Women’s Community Clinic, a trans-inclusive primary care
clinic in the Mission.
Clinic staff was informed by administrators of HealthRIGHT 360 that they were moving the services of Lyon-Martin and the Women’s Community Clinic from the 1735 Mission St. location to HealthRIGHT 360’s main headquarters, at 1563 Mission Street.
On March 11, employees of Oakland’s Mills College voted
overwhelmingly to form a union. Nearly 95% of the votes cast were
YES votes. Staff members unite with the adjunct facility in
SEIU 1021 to improve student learning and working conditions at
the college. Adjunct faculty voted to join SEIU 1021
County Workers Take A Stand for San Joaquin Residents in Two-Day Strike
As community suffers from systemic neglect of services by the Board of Supervisors, thousands of workers fight back against the Board’s illegal refusal to bargain
Thousands of San Joaquin County workers from several selected County departments participated in the strike, including Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services, Substance Abuse Services, the Department of Child Support Services, and San Joaquin General Hospital. Registered Nurses at the County hospital who are members of the California Nurses Association (CNA) also participated in this week’s strike over growing concerns regarding rampant short staffing.
On February 3, SEIU 1021 members joined the California Labor Federation and Uber and Lyft drivers from the We Drive Progress coalition for lobby day in Sacramento.
On January 18, hundreds of thousands of women and allies hit the streets across the United States and the world. The 2020 Women’s March a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists and organizers.
On December 15, SEIU 1021 members joined with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), the Sacramento City Teachers Association, and others to launch our effort in Sacramento to talk to voters and get Schools & Communities First on the November 2020 ballot.
On Friday, December 13 SEIU 1021 members at the Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) ratified a new four-year agreement.