On Saturday, June 6, SEIU 1021 members joined community members in the Refund Oakland coalition to knock on doors and talk to their neighbors about a city budget that invests in our residents, our working families, and our frontline workers. This partnership between union members and community members has driven a change at City Hall in Oakland, as a newly elected City Council has pushed back against Mayor Libby Schaaf’s austerity budgets.
In 2019, Legislative Aides in the City of Berkeley, who work with the Mayor and members of the City Council to serve the public, joined SEIU 1021. On May 14, 2021, they won their first tentative agreement.
Claiming they didn’t have the financial flexibility any longer, management at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic (THC) shamefully cut off hazard pay in July of 2020, even as our members continued to serve clients amidst the pandemic. THC members decided to fight back.
By Holding Firm and Not Backing Down to the Mayor, City of Oakland Workers Win a Contract Extension with No Concessions
On May 18, the elected Bargaining Team for the SEIU 1021 City of Oakland chapter signed a tenatative agreement with the City. The agreement extends the chapter’s existing contract for a year, with no concessions or takeaways, and adds an across-the-board 3% raise for all members, effective the first full pay period in July of this year.
SEIU 1021 Member Power Sprouts Up Across Oakland’s Billboards and Airwaves
City of Oakland Members Show Solidarity with a Union Coalition
If you’ve been out and about in Oakland recently, you’ve probably seen them: the faces of firefighters, sanitation workers, and other union members looking out on the streets, accompanying powerful messages: “Invest in our town,” “Let’s build back better in Oakland,” and “Fund frontline city workers.” You may also have seen those workers speaking out for a better, stronger Oakland on TV, saying “Oakland has the wealth to weather the storm, invest in good jobs, and become a world-class city.”
Communities from all over the Bay Area turn out for the API Heritage Celebration hosted by SEIU 1021 and 20+ labor and community organizations
On Saturday, May 15, 2021, over 20 local labor, API, and community organizations hosted an API Heritage Celebration on the steps of the historic Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland to honor and acknowledge the accomplishments, contributions, and expansive heritage of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
Want to sharpen your skills as an organizer or get involved in our work helping workers form and join unions for the first time? NEMO is the program for you.
SEIU 1021 is an organizing union—that’s why we are building a new program called the New External Member Organizing program, or NEMO. The NEMO program creates opportunities for existing SEIU 1021 members to get involved in our community outreach and our efforts to help nonunion workers organize their workplaces and become members of SEIU 1021. It doesn’t require a huge time commitment and it’s easy to join.
Ahead of McDonald’s shareholder meeting, Bay Area Cooks and Cashiers strike to highlight the company’s failure to protect workers in the Fight for 15 and a union
McDonald’s workers outside of a San Francisco location donned in bright red t-shirts that read “Our labor is worth more” and “Respect Us, Protect Us, Pay Us.” while chanting and holding powerful signage.
In May of 2020, the country and most of the world were shocked as we witnessed the untimely loss of George Floyd’s life at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. As the pain and outrage of another state-sanctioned murder sparked movements and marches across the globe, Troyle Tognoli, the Mendocino County Chapter Vice President, was activated to call on her peers and organize her community to bring awareness and change through the Black Lives Matter movement.
North Coast News – May 2021
Check out what SEIU 1021 members are working on from Marin to Del Norte County!
We have a new regional logo! We’re excited
to unveil our new North Coast logo, created with assistance from
our regional leadership, which can be seen on the left side of
our newsletter banner above.
In the coming weeks and months, and particularly as Chapters begin to prepare for bargaining, the SEIU 1021 shirts, posters, and other swag will begin featuring this new logo. Keep your eyes peeled—we’re excited to roll out this new logo to unite North Coast members from all corners of our region, from Marin to Del Norte.
Every three years, the leadership and staff at SEIU 1021 organize a member convention where we gather, build community, and lay the foundation for organizing in the years to come. This year, we’re going virtual with the same intention and goal to bring our members and leaders together for a day of celebration, acknowledgment, and organizing around economic, climate, and racial justice.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, SEIU 1021 members and member
leaders have been leading the charge and advocating for standards
and protections that frontline essential workers deserve as they
keep our communities running. As a public-sector union, our
members are some of the hardest-hit workers in the country; when
announcements of vaccination availability began to come down the
pipeline, members went to work monitoring and sharing
information as far and wide as possible.
When COVID-19 hit the state of California, prompting a shelter-in-place order to go into effect last year, it led to numerous challenges for families and our communities, many of whom were laid off. As the state gradually gets back on its feet, a new piece of legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 93 will be implemented to help offset these challenges.