SEIU 1021 members walked precincts and made phone calls
for a handful of candidates in the City of Novato and
San Francisco during this year’s November
election. Members made a final Get-Out-The-Vote push for
Chesa Boudin for District Attorney in San Francisco, and Susan
Wernick and Amy Peel for the Novato City Council. All three
After nearly nine months of a hard-fought campaign, SEIU 1021
members of the City of Oakland chapter have voted overwhelmingly
in favor of a new two-year contract. Because of the unity
showed by 1021 members, the City was forced to back down from
their attempts to pull healthcare from City workers and to make
it easier to hire their cronies instead of drawing from Oakland’s
existing part-time workforce. Workers will receive a 6%
raise over the two years of the contract, and won improved
contract language around health and safety.
On Monday, October 28 at noon, doctors, nurses, medical assistants and other staff at La Clínica de La Raza rallied outside clinics in three counties to demand management put an end to the chronic understaffing that prevents the delivery of safe patient care.
Since October 2, our SEIU 521 sisters and brothers working for Santa Clara County have been on strike for the first time in nearly 40 years. Santa Clara County workers are striking over the County’s Unfair Labor Practices (ULP), which hurt the ability of workers to provide top-notch services to their residents.
Agreement Reached to Save the Adult Residential Facility and Stop Displacement of Mentally Ill Residents in San Francisco
After months of protests aimed at protecting the residents of the Adult Residential Facility, members of SEIU 1021 and IFPTE Local 21, together with SF Supervisors Ronen and Haney, reached an agreement with the SF Department of Public Health and the Mayor London Breed to protect the facility and its severely mentally ill residents on October 11.
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.
On November 6, hundreds of Uber & Lyft drivers from the We Drive Progress coalition staged protests across California to draw attention to the awful treatment, pay, and benefits hurting these workers across California.
“I have two herniated discs in my back, which makes being in the car very painful. But I have to drive to make ends meet. I also have to drive because I am responsible for taking care of my father,” said Raul Flores, who has been driving for around 3 years.“If we had fair pay, benefits, and a union, I’d be able to get physical therapy.”
SEIU 1021 Members on the right side of history as federal judge declares the HHS “conscience” rule unlawful
On October 30, SEIU 1021 nurses, healthcare workers, and our community allies spoke out to oppose a final rule change by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This rule change would have destroyed healthcare workers’ “duty to care” by allowing religious objections to care that will impact LGBTQI patients, women’s healthcare, and more.
Over the last 40 years, large corporations have not been paying
their fair share for services that help our communities thrive,
resulting in impacts like program cuts, understaffing, and
high-turnover at many workplaces.
At 8 am on October 30, a federal judge will hold a hearing on a final rule change by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This rule would permit employees to refuse to assist in care based on their individual religious beliefs, without consideration for the impact on patient care.
SEIU 1021 members and our allies will hold a press conference and ceremony outside the Courthouse at 7:45 am to oppose this rule and affirm our commitment to accessible care.
Alameda Health System members of 1021 are standing strong in the face of pervasive mismanagement and constant attacks on public healthcare. In recent months, AHS (mis-)management has attacked our members repeatedly, threatening layoffs, trying to kick members’ families off of their healthcare plans, and even attempting to deny SEIU 1021 representatives access to AHS facilities where those representatives work.
Santa Clara University Students Protest New President’s Inauguration: “This School Does Not Uphold Jesuit Values”
As Santa Clara University’s new president Father O’Brien was inaugurated, students engaged in a silent protest action against the University abandoning its mission and not upholding its Jesuit values. Their banner and signs reference the University’s refusal to let faculty have a vote on unionization, its continued investment in fossil fuels in the midst of a climate crisis, and acceptance of $4 million from the notorious Charles Koch foundation.
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.