Over 1000 SEIU members, and workers not-yet-members from the
Fight for $15 and a Union Campaign, gathered at the Unions For
All Summit in Los Angeles on Oct. 3-6 to interview the 2020
presidential candidates and hear their plans for ensuring
that every working American has the right to have a union.
At the heart of the ‘Unions for All’ demand is the idea that if everyone was in a union, working people would have the power and resources to achieve economic justice, eradicate anti-Black racism, fund public services and fix our environment.
Over 400 Oakland City workers picketed outside City Hall on
September 25. A sea of purple and blue shirts united in the
streets as union members of SEIU Local 1021 and IFPTE Local 21
stopped traffic to send a message to the Mayor.
Oakland is facing a crisis and residents are being starved of city services.
SEIU 1021 members stood on the picket line with Registered Nurses during their one-day strike at San Leandro Hospital on September 20. Nurses called out management’s unfair labor practices and bad faith bargaining after negotiations stalled.
John Pearson, ER nurse and SEIU 1021 chapter president of Alameda
Health Systems, felt it was important to show solidarity with the
“We are in the exact same fight with Alameda Health Systems and we know that management is going to treat us the same way during our contract negotiations.”
On September 12, over 250 hospital workers rallied to address chronic understaffing at Laguna Honda Hospital and the Adult Residential Facility (ARF) at San Francisco General Hospital’s campus. Holding signs that read “A Patient Care Solution is Safe Staffing Not Scapegoating,” workers criticized the SF Department of Public Health (DPH) for outsourcing jobs to save money.
On August 26, SEIU 1021 President Joseph Bryant, Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg and community supporters stood with hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers caravanning to draw attention to their lack of worker protections. The caravan stopped in front of Uber headquarters in San Francisco to a protest low wages and highlight their demand for a union. The caravan of gig workers started in Los Angeles on August 24 and was headed to Sacramento to lobby elected officials on AB 5 –the gig worker protection act– on August 27.
On August 13, Mendocino County members approved their agreement with the county that includes a 9% base wage increase over three years and additional equity wage adjustments for a majority of SEIU 1021 represented positions. Public services have suffered as the County’s workforce investments have lagged behind comparable employers. The deal was approved by the Board of Supervisors on August 20.
Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from Bruce Boyer, a member of SEIU Local 1021 and Campus Monitor at Will C. Wood Middle School in Sacramento, after the Senate Judiciary Committee passed AB 1482 by Assembly member David Chiu (D-San Francisco). The legislation would protect working families struggling to keep their homes by preventing landlords from rent gouging and requiring landlords to have just cause to evict tenants.
On Tuesday, October 8, over 100 workers representing over half a dozen of San Joaquin County’s unions confronted the Board of Supervisors and condemned the mismanagement of services which is harming County residents.
Members of SEIU 1021 & 2015, California Nurses Association, Union of American Physicians and Doctors, the District Attorney Investigators Association, and others stood together. Collectively, the work of these San Joaquin County employees touches every corner of our community.
San Joaquin Members Vote to Authorize Strike Action
Both Strike Authorization and 'No Confidence' in CAO Monica Nino Passed Overwhelmingly
San Joaquin County members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a
strike and emphatically declared ‘no confidence’ in County
Administrator Monica Nino.
For months, SEIU 1021 members have been negotiating with San Joaquin County management for a contract that addresses the understaffing crisis created by County Administrator Monica Nino and the Board of Supervisors.
All across our community, residents are suffering to access the critical public services they depend on—services that are provided by hardworking people like us.
On September 14, nearly 100 East Bay 1021 Chapter leaders
spent the day strategizing, socializing, and building unity.
Laura Ocon, a member from La Clinica de la Raza, said “It’s so important to meet other people and get other perspectives on how we can become better together. The challenges we face are the same. Realizing that we aren’t alone is important. We have more in common than what people think.”
Social Workers Fought & Won A Wage Adjustment, But County Workers Still Face Chronic Understaffing In Contra Costa County
On Tuesday, September 10, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors unanimously voted for a 3.44% wage increase for Social Workers. While the 3.44% salary adjustment is a welcome win to the Contra Costa County social work classification, other classifications are still below the salary mean.
“We’re one of the lowest-paying counties in California,” said Chief Steward Ashley Payne, an Eligibility worker for Medi-cal. “Other counties have fewer cases and get paid more.”
On Thursday, September 5, SEIU 1021 San Joaquin County workers rallied as part of their fight for a contract that invests in county services and workers.
During morning unity breaks at worksites throughout the County, SEIU 1021 members demonstrated for contract improvements that would improve services while boosting recruitment and retention.
Hundreds Rally To Stop The Displacement Of People With Severe Mental Illness
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On Aug. 22, hundreds of public health advocates, elected officials, and healthcare workers rallied to support patients with mental illness from getting evicted from the Adult Residential Facility (ARF) at San Francisco General Hospital. The SF Department of Public Health (DPH) is displacing severely mentally ill residents that are permanently housed at the ARF to make way for a Homeless Navigation Center with temporary shelter beds.
Today the Solano County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a contract with county workers united in SEIU 1021. The latest contract resulted from two weeks of expedited bargaining, wherein the county workers were able to gain improvements in compensation, healthcare, and additional training for workers so that they may be able to provide better quality public services to Solano residents.