SEIU 1021 kicks off our 2023 Toy and Coat Drive
Help a child in need: Drop off new coats and toys anytime before December 15
SEIU 1021 members and community partners kicked off our annual Toy and Coat Drive in Oakland last Friday, December 1st. The kickoff event featured members and staff singing holiday carols and included two school buses decorated as two oversized reindeer. The buses will be filled with donated toys and coats for kids in our community.
The East Bay Unity event held at the Oakland Airport Hilton last Friday was a night to remember for SEIU 1021 members and their guests. The evening was filled with laughter, joy, and unity as members won prizes from a raffle before they hit the dance floor. SEIU 1021 members enjoyed a delightful dinner and delicious drinks and posed for memorable snapshots at the photo booth. Members brought brand-new, unwrapped toys and coats to donate to children in need.
Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao Joins SEIU Local 1021 To Fill Two School Buses for Annual Toy and Coat Drive
Local labor, community, and nonprofit organizations come together to pack two buses with toys and coats for children in need
Contact: Chelsea Fink, Chelsea.Fink@seiu1021.org, (510) 435-8282
OAKLAND, CA – On Friday, December 1, Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao and Assemblymember Mia Bonta will join members and leaders of SEIU Local 1021, SEIU Local 2015, Hayward Unified School District, Oakland Firefighters IAFF Local 55, IFPTE Local 21, the YMCA Head Start, and Parent Voices of Oakland and more for the annual holiday toy and coat drive kickoff.
Join us for an inspiring evening of art and organizing with “Art Works: How Organizers and Artists Are Creating a Better World Together” author Ken Grossinger
SEIU 1021’s Social and Economic Justice Committee invites SEIU 1021 members, artists, and organizers to a captivating book discussion with Ken Grossinger, author of “Art Works: How Organizers and Artists Are Creating a Better World Together.” This engaging event will take place on Wednesday, December 13th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the San Francisco Union Hall, located at 350 Rhode Island (Kansas Street side).
On Thursday, November 16, thousands of Starbucks employees nationwide walked off the job during one of the busiest days of the company’s year: a promotional “Red Cup Day,” in which Starbucks hands out free red cups. In Northern California, workers staged labor actions at Starbucks stores in Berkeley, Emeryville, Fairfield, Hayward, Oakland, Pleasanton, Sacramento, San Francisco, Stockton, and Sunnyvale.
Yuba City Starbucks workers win union election
The store is the 30th unionized location in the state
On Friday, November 17, Starbucks workers at the Highway 20 and Tharp store in Yuba City, CA, successfully voted to form a union by a vote of 12-5. This union victory marks the thirtieth store to unionize in California.
SEIU 1021 members and staff join in civil disobedience at APEC protests
No on APEC Coalition protesters blocked CEOs from entering the CEO Summit
At the break of dawn last Wednesday, November 15, SEIU 1021 members and staff were already convening downtown with other local unions and community organizations, preparing to take over the intersection of Mission and 5th Street in San Francisco.
As they reached the intersection, they fanned out, linked arms, and formed chains around the intersection, which was a main entrance to the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.
Coffee tastes better when its unionized: Peet’s Coffee workers hold rally after winning first union vote in North America
After voting fourteen to one to become the first unionized Peet’s Coffee location in the United States, Peet’s Coffee workers, now members of the Service Employees International Union Local 1021, held a rally on Saturday, January 28, 2023, in front of the coffeehouse in North Davis. The vote comes after nearly nine months of workers organizing with SEIU Local 1021 and Workers United, an SEIU affiliate organizing workers on the “Starbucks Workers United” campaign.
Fast food workers secure $2.2 million in wage theft violations, vow to continue their fight back against corporate greed
While fast-food corporations like McDonald’s Corporation, Burger King Corporation, Jack in the Box, Inc., and others attempt to roll back the significant gains with the passage of 2022’s Assembly Bill 257 – the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, or the FAST Recovery Act for short, fast-food workers continue the fight for higher wages, safer workspaces, and a union.
What began as one unionizing effort at a Starbucks coffeehouse in Buffalo, New York, has spread across the United States to over six thousand five hundred workers at over two-hundred-fifty corporate-owned Starbucks stores in under one year.
Last Tuesday, November 15, fast food workers across California went on strike and rallied in five cities to demand that major corporations including McDonald’s, Chipotle, Jack in the Box, and Starbucks come to the bargaining table to solve major problems these workers face on the job.
The midterm elections are right around the corner and SEIU 1021 members are fired up to talk to their friends, neighbors, and coworkers about the political candidates we are endorsing in this election. It is crucially important for our union to endorse and support candidates who are committed to the cause of working folks—it’s our opportunity to elect the people who approve our contracts, make decisions about funding our services, and set policies that dictate the future of our communities.
App-based drivers and delivery workers from across the Golden State announced the formation of a union Wednesday — the California Gig Workers Union (CGWU) — at a rally in front of Uber headquarters in San Francisco.
Citing low wages and a lack of basic protections on the job, gig workers called on Uber and other tech giants to grant them employee protections and to recognize their right to join together in a union. Drivers marched to Lyft and DoorDash headquarters, too, holding similar rallies outside each.
SEIU 1021 Climate Justice Committee celebrates passage and signing of landmark bills: Senate Bills 1314 and 1137
Great news! Two bills have been successfully passed through the California state legislature and have been signed by Governor Newsom to help make progress toward our union’s climate justice goals: Senate Bill 1314, which stops supporting further oil and gas extraction, and SB 1137, which creates new restrictions to protect communities from the pollution and dangers of fossil fuel drilling.