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Fight for Fifteen Car Caravans: Friday, January 15, 2021.

Friday, January 15: Join a Car Caravan to Support Striking Fast Food Workers

In solidarity with fast-food workers across the nation who are fighting for a $15 minimum wage and a union, our local will be joining the nationwide strike at fast food locations in both Oakland and Sacramento on Friday, January 15. During the pandemic, fast-food corporations have prospered because frontline workers reported to duty despite being denied basic protections from PPE to paid sick leave. The pandemic has only underscored the urgent need for fast-food workers in the state to have a union.


Marin Municipal Water District workers secure a new contract

This month, our members at Marin Municipal Water District overwhelmingly ratified our next contract. Workers were able to secure this agreement because of our strong membership numbers and because we speak with one voice as a union in our political engagement with elected leaders and also with managers at our worksite.


Dominican University adjuncts secure massive settlement for workers during difficult times

SEIU 1021 members at Dominican University recently showcased the power of our union, as they were able to secure a settlement totaling around $750,000 for their members during recent negotiations.

Adjunct faculty at the university were negotiating their second contract as members of SEIU 1021, having joined our union in early 2015. Adjunct professors often have considerable less security than tenured, full-time faculty, making the power of a union essential in their fights for improved wages and benefits.


After a successful strike, new management comes to Alameda Health System
CEO out, SEIU 1021 member in as a Trustee

Workers at Alameda Health System, the county’s safety-net healthcare system, have been fighting for better care, better management, and a fair contract. After their successful five-day unfair labor practice strike in early October, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors stepped in and demanded that the AHS Board of Trustees resign. Last week, AHS CEO Delvecchio Finley gave the Board of Supervisors a letter of resignation, and today, SEIU 1021 Vice President of Organizing Jennifer Esteen, a psychiatric nurse at San Francisco General Hospital, will be sworn in as one of the new trustees.


Think Big. Act

4,709 work locations covered by SEIU 1021 contracts

60,000 workers represented by SEIU 1021 in Northern California

9,708 job classifications filled by SEIU 1021 members


SEIU 1021 President Joseph Bryant.

Fighting for Workers’ Rights in a New Political Era

On January 6, 2021, as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and news feeds began to flood with reports of unruly crowds and violence erupting at the nation’s Capitol, our President Joseph Bryant promptly shared a bold public statement written in real-time. Here is an excerpt of his powerful statement:

“We are witnessing an assault on our people, an assault on democracy, and an assault on our country. The racist, divisive lies fomented by President Trump have turned into a full-on coup attempt. This is not who we are.”

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We Honor the Memory of Theresa Breakfield

With a heavy heart, we share the news that Theresa Breakfield, a longtime SEIU 1021 union member, community leader, and political activist passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 due to complications of COVID-19.

Theresa Breakfield was a committed member of our union who served first as a member of the SEIU 1021 Executive Board Budget and Finance Committee, representing Region E (Amador, Calaveras and San Joaquin Counties). She later served as the San Joaquin County Area Representative on the SEIU 1021 Executive Board until she retired in April of 2017.


44 Years Strong – We Salute Henrietta Lee for Her Service and Dedication

44 years ago, Henrietta Lee started her journey working for the city of San Francisco as a Senior Clerk Typist at Youth Guidance Center and she has never looked back. Wearing many hats and serving thousands of community members over the years, Henrietta has carved a special place in the hearts of her colleagues and the youth she impacted.