October 18, 2021: In a month gaining significant press coverage as “Striketober,” SEIU Local 521 members employed by Kern County are the latest to join over 100,000 working people in the U.S. who have authorized a strike in their workplace. Kern County 521 members voted overwhelmingly–by 91 percent–to allow their bargaining team to prepare for an unfair labor practice (ULP) strike after over two years of fruitless negotiations with Kern County.
“Who makes Mills? We make Mills!” The protest chants echoed throughout the Oakland, California private women’s liberal arts college. The militancy of the Mills College Staff Union, which represents four hundred staff and non-tenured faculty, was on full display. On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, hundreds of Mills College staff, adjunct faculty, teachers, professors, students, and community allies rallied at Rothwell Center in front of Mills Hall.
October 12, 2021: After a lot of hard work, effort, and patience, SEIU 1021 members at Asian Health Services (AHS) have finally reached a tentative agreement (TA) with management! The TA includes eight percent in raises over the next two years, as well as some equity adjustments for certain classifications and improvements in contract language around grievance and arbitration, sick leave, and more.
October 12, 2021: Imagine this scenario: You sit down in front of your TV screen, tablet, or phone. You log onto the Paramount+ video-on-demand streaming service app to catch up on Star Trek: Discovery. You wait patiently for the blue and white Paramount mountain logo to fade. You wait. You wait some more. Then, nothing happens. It is frozen, stuck, and no longer working.
Oct. 5, 2021: “I can think of half a dozen employees that the County has offered jobs to here on the coast, but they had to turn down the offer, because they couldn’t find anywhere to live,” reported a Mendocino County employee in Fort Bragg in response to a community survey administered recently by the SEIU 1021 Mendocino County Chapter’s Housing Options Committee, which formed this spring to assess the depth and breadth of the county’s housing crisis and work on solutions.
California College of the Arts Staff and Faculty Continue to Fight for a Fair Contract, as the National Labor Relations Board Issues an Unfair Labor Practice Complaint
Since California College of the Art (CCA) staff formed their union with SEIU Local 1021 two years ago, they have been working hard to secure a fair contract with a living wage and job security. CCA non-tenured faculty have also been at the bargaining table for over a year since their first contract expired.
Caring about CalPERS: An interview with SEIU Local 1021 Retirement Security Committee Chair Cynthia Landry
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) manages pension and health care benefits for slightly over two million California public employees, retirees, and their families. Nearly one-third of CalPERS members are retirees receiving a monthly allowance from the pension and health care benefits system.
Cynthia Landry, the chair of the SEIU Local 1021 Retirement Security Committee, speaks about the importance of CalPERS, particularly on the diversity of its governing Board of Administration, and supporting labor:
Registration for All Members of 2021 Virtual Convention of SEIU 1021 ended on September 10.
The 2021 SEIU 1021 Convention is only weeks away, and we’ve been busy lining up dynamic speakers, engaging workshops, and an amazing program. Our convention platforms will focus on six key areas of our work: Economic Justice, Racial Justice, Climate Justice, Unions for All, Reclaiming Our Democracy, and Member Unity and Power.
North Coast News – August 2021
Check out what SEIU 1021 members are working on from Marin to Del Norte County!
All over the North Coast region, members and chapter leaders have been taking our fights to the boss, advocating for better wages, safer working conditions, and increased benefit support from their employers.
Keep reading to see what’s new up and down California’s North Coast this month for SEIU 1021 members.
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According to recent polling, if the election to recall Governor Gavin Newsom were held today, he would lose. Without a worker-friendly governor in office, our jobs would be in jeopardy, and our communities would be left with less of the support they need.
Too many of our friends, co-workers, and family members aren’t taking this recall election seriously. You can help stand up for good, union jobs and services for our communities no matter where you live or work.
Managing pension and health benefits for more than 1.6 million California public employees, retirees, and their families, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is the largest public pension fund in the United States. At the top of the CalPERS executive branch agency is the Board of Administration.
If you’ve shown up at an SEIU 1021 strike, you’ve probably seen Scabby the Rat, a giant inflatable rodent looming over the crowd and showing everybody with eyes that there’s a rat inside the building. For years, on strike lines and other labor movement actions, Scabby has symbolized a bad boss inside and a fighting union outside.