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Pride Roundtable Discussion 2020: Queer Uprisings Against Police Brutality of the Past, Mirror the Uprisings of Today

To commemorate PRIDE month, SEIU 1021 members hosted a live virtual roundtable discussion with LGBTQ superstars on June 30.  The event was broadcasted on the SEIU 1021 Facebook page and kicked-off by Jennifer Esteen, SF DPH RN and SEIU 1021Organizing VP, who set the tone by reflecting how queer rebellions of the past, mirror the uprisings of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
 

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Oakland’s Mayor Takes Cuts and Concessions off the Table

On Friday, June 19, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff announced she would not implement cuts to jobs and services. After a long-fought campaign, our members beat back the Mayor’s attack. 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Oakland administration claimed that their budget was broken, and the only way they could fix it was by slashing services to public, cutting the hours of the city’s so-called ‘temporary, part-time’ workforce, and possible mass layoffs of permanent workers. 

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SEIU 1021 Members Lead Powerful Racial Justice Roundtable

In the wake of the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbrey, SEIU 1021 members hosted a powerful Racial Justice Roundtable discussion on June 9. This deeply personal conversation was intended to create space for us to process, provide support, and discuss what’s happening in our communities and what we can do in this moment.

You can watch a full recording of the event on the SEIU 1021 Facebook Page or on Vimeo.

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A statement from SEIU 1021 President Joseph Bryant

A statement from SEIU 1021 President Joseph Bryant:
Brothers, Sisters and SEIU Family,

I sit down to write this with a heavy heart, a grieved soul and sheer anger running through my veins as I watch the video of George Floyd being murdered by the police. It is yet another of many disturbing illustrations of how unbridled structural racism in this country means that a Black person cannot jog, drive, stand in front of a store, play with toys or even bird watch without facing death or the threat of death.

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Uber and Lyft Drivers Organize Caravan Outside Uber HQ

App-based drivers across California and the nation are struggling to work safely and make ends meet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why on Monday, immediately following Uber’s virtual shareholders meeting, SEIU 1021 members joined SF Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and our union siblings from the SF Labor Council in supporting rideshare drivers with the We Drive Progress driver advocacy group during their caravan. 

For nearly an hour, over a hundred cars circled Uber’s HQ on Market Street, with drivers honking and chanting through their windows. 

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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

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Berkeley Members Win a TA

After months of negotiating in the midst of a global pandemic, SEIU 1021 members at the City of Berkeley have reached a tentative agreement (TA) with City management. Like so many SEIU 1021 members have experienced since the COVID-19 outbreak began, workers in Berkeley were fighting to protect vital City services, ensure workplace safety, and safeguard jobs.

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SEIU 1021 marches in solidarity with the ILWU on Juneteenth

On Juneteenth, over 38,000 union dockyard workers shut down ports across the Pacific Coast ports in protest of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others. SEIU 1021 members were proud to participate in one the largest actions seen so far in solidarity with the nationwide protests against police brutality. 

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How does Oakland Public Library spending compare to Oakland Police Department? 
Amy Martin, 13-year City of Oakland Library Worker and SEIU 1021 member, outlines the high price of the police budget compared to the library budget.

Dear Mayor Schaaf, Council Member Thao, and Council Member Kaplan: I am a resident of District 4 and a City of Oakland employee. I am writing to you as a concerned Oakland resident. For the past 13 years, I have had the honor of working for the Oakland Public Library.

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SEIU 1021 Members Lead Powerful Racial Justice Roundtable

In the wake of the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbrey, SEIU 1021 members hosted a powerful Racial Justice Roundtable discussion on June 9. This deeply personal conversation was intended to create space for us to process, provide support, and discuss what’s happening in our communities and what we can do in this moment.

You can watch a full recording of the event on the SEIU 1021 Facebook Page or on Vimeo.

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Oakland Members and the Community Reject Mayor Schaaf’s Cruel Cuts

As Oakland’s strength is being tested by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Libby Schaaf has attacked city workers. First, she issued pre-emptive layoff notices to a thousand so-called “temporary, part-time” workers, many of whom have worked for Oakland for years. Then, she proposed weeks of furlough days and postponing wage increases. At the same time, she was busy appointing her cronies to high-paid positions in the City Administrator’s office.