Violence Prevention in the Healthcare Workplace (CEU)
Sponsored by Berkeley Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
- Thursday, October 11, 2018, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Elihu M. Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA, 94612
A continuing education class for RNs, LVNs, CNA, PCA, and HHAs. Workers in healthcare settings are at an increased risk of experiencing workplace violence. During this full-day course, attendees will learn to identify contributing factors that may escalate risk and promote violent incidents, and will explore harm reduction strategies for high risk environments.
Federal Court Sides with Workers and Immigrants in Legal Action Against Trump Threat to Withhold Funding
Executive Order To Withhold Funding From "Sanctuary Cities" Ruled Unconstitutional
Last week, a federal court ruled that President Trump’s Executive Order threatening to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” is unconstitutional. The City of San Francisco filed a lawsuit against the Executive Order and SEIU 1021 members filed a formal brief in support of the lawsuit.
AHS tried to force RNs, LVNs, and CNAs at the Fairmont Skilled Nursing Facility to do a Schedule Rebid. Management’s plan included a reduction in total patient care hours, and would turn many full-time workers into part-time or temporary. Today members at the Fairmont Skilled Nursing Facility protested the rebid and many workers refused to sign on to the scheme to cut care and cut worker hours.
All current SEIU 1021 members are invited to attend our 2018 member convention. The two-day event includes inspiring speakers –trailblazers and activists recognized for their visionary and creative leadership. Even with a jam-packed schedule of workshops and delegate discussions, there will be room for fun and networking.
Solidarity and Member-Led Actions Lead to Greater Safety Measures at the City of Berkeley
After a tremendous show of solidarity from their fellow City of Berkeley coworkers, community leaders, and members of other unions, a citywide strike was averted in the late hours of Friday, June 15.
Days leading up to their contract expiration, Berkeley workers held actions almost every day, often drawing hundreds of workers and their families to rallies. From solid waste workers, analysts, parking enforcement officers, clerical staff to librarians and public nurses, workers came out in full force and assembled picket signs in the city hall lobby. They brought together local elected leaders, members from IBEW, AFSCME 3299, Local 1, and IAFF 1277, and fellow SEIU 1021 members from other chapters to join them in a fight for a fair and equitable contract.
Berkeley Citywide Strike Looms
To Date, More than 900 City of Berkeley Workers Have Authorized A Strike
(Berkeley, CA)—More than 400 hundred Berkeley city workers voted to authorize a strike if city administrators fail to reach an agreement with clerical and maintenance workers over safer working conditions and cost-of-living allowances. More than 400 librarians, public nurses, mental health professionals, and city planners and attorneys represented by SEIU 1021 voted on June 14 to join clerical and maintenance workers in a strike if necessary.
Bay Area Elected Leaders Pledge Support for Working Families Against Billionaire-Backed Assault
Today the Senate began Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing to serve as the next Supreme Court justice. If confirmed, Brett Kavanaugh would turn our nation’s highest court into a weapon against working people by ruling based on politics or who has the most money and power.
“Last week inspections had just finished and everything was working properly. Administrators had staffed-up every department to make the hospital looked nice. As soon as the inspectors were gone, staffing got cut right away. Everyone was in crisis mode again,”said John Pearson, a Registered Nurse at Alameda Health Systems. “SB 1288 will mandate unannounced inspections to ensure hospitals are adhering to nurse-to-patient ratio laws.”
“I have a record of fighting for workers and their benefits. I want workers to be able to retire when they are ready to retire. I work extremely hard to think through every decision I make and review all sides,” said Priya Mathur, CalPERs Board Chair and BART employee.
Join us as we march with the labor contingent in a national day of action to demand action and leadership from our elected leaders on climate, jobs, and justice. With our planet, livelihoods, and democracy under attack, labor’s message needs to be loud and clear.
Martha Hawthorne, retired SEIU 1021 Public Health RN says she will be marching on September 8, 2018. “I call on our local, state and national leaders to move away from fossil fuels NOW and to a just transition to renewable energy that protects workers and our communities.”
On July 27, Brian Klovski got a call from his boss that a mandatory evacuation was in place due to a massive wildfire, and it was spreading fast. “We train throughout the year to prepare for calls like that. Within hours, we got to work to help evacuees displaced by the Mendocino Complex Fires with temporary shelter.”
Brian works for the Health and Human Services Department helping coordinate homeless services throughout the Mendocino County. During a countywide disaster, he leads the Mendocino County Care and Shelter Team.
SEIU members are calling their US Senators to protest Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Working people know all too well how important the Supreme Court is to upholding key American values,” said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. “In just the last few weeks it attacked the rights of working people in the Janus case and enshrined discrimination against immigrants by ruling in favor of the Muslim ban. Judge Kavanaugh is a narrow-minded elitist who would further rig our economy and democracy against working Americans.”
August 16: Demand That Wall Street Lower Management Retirement Fees
Attend CalSavers Board Meeting at the CA Treasurer's office in Sacramento
SEIU members will be attending CalSavers Board meeting at the California Treasurers’ office in Sacramento to protest high management retirement fees. High fees that cheat workers out of retirement savings are one more way Wall Street has rigged the economy against working people. On August 16, workers have a chance to fight back and secure a better future for all Californians.
Here are three ways SEIU members can defend retirement security for all: