Alameda County

SEIU 1021

Alameda County

SEIU 1021 staff and member leaders are working hard to safeguard your health at work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to find employer-specific information, details, and documents to learn more about what’s happening in your worksite during this outbreak.

We have three chapters at Alameda County, the General Chapter, Behavioral Healthcare Services (BHCS), and Social Services Agency (SSA).

Download the Memorandum of Understanding for Alameda County (2015 - 2022)
(expiration December 2022)

Download Sideletter Agreement - Janus/SB 866 Meet & Confer County Counter Proposal (May 1, 2019)

Alameda County Sideletter Agreement - Section 5 Modification (3/3/2022)

Latest Documents:
Notice of 2017 Chapter Elections


When We Fight, We WIN!

On Tuesday, March 14, more than 100 of us marched on the Board of Supervisors and demanded they fix Alameda County’s staffing crisis. The following Thursday, we signed some big Tentative Agreements and management improved their healthcare proposal.

New Tentative Agreements

  • Holidays: We kept Lincon’s Birthday!
  • Improved sick leave, with better review and more days for sick family members

We are still working on wages, longevity, telework, and more!


As Alameda County’s staffing crisis continues, county workers march on the Board of Supervisors to demand a solution

To protest Alameda County administration’s failure to act urgently to fill its 2,611 vacant positions – nearly 25% of the entire County workforce – more than 100 County workers marched on the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, March 14, at noon. Workers from SEIU 1021, IFPTE Local 21, and IBT 856 all took the chambers, chanting “Staff up!  Alameda County!” for several minutes before workers delivered powerful testimony to the board.


Our Solidarity Is Getting Results
Now It’s Time to Turn Up the Heat!

SEIU 1021 leaders march from Lake Merritt Amphitheater to 1221 Oak St. on February 13 with a letter demanding the Board of Supervisors Staff Up Alameda County.

After our massive rally on Lincoln’s Birthday, the County has improved their proposals on a number of issues, including wages, bilingual pay, and shift differentials. 

However, they still want to raise healthcare costs, and their wage proposals still leave Alameda County wages behind other comparable jurisdictions, which will mean our recruitment and retention problems will continue. Plus, even after seeing hundreds of people rally, they still want to eliminate Lincoln’s birthday as a holiday!


Hundreds of Alameda County workers and community members picket to say “STAFF UP NOW!”

On Monday, February 13, hundreds of Alameda County workers and community members rallied at Lake Merritt Amphitheater to protest the county’s nearly 25% vacancy rate, with 2,611 unfilled positions.

The rally started with a moment of silence for Richard Valle, a longtime champion of labor and progressive causes across the East Bay, who recently passed away. The workers planted flags to represent the 2,611 vacancies, and marched to 1221 Oak St. to deliver a letter demanding the Board of Supervisors solve the staffing crisis.


RSVP for Our Lake Merritt Rally
Mon., Feb. 13, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ the Lake Merritt Amphitheater

Rally to Staff Up & Keep Our Holiday

Alameda County management has refused to address our longterm staffing crisis and now they want to take away our holiday on Lincoln’s Birthday. It’s time to PROTECT WHAT’S OURS!

Rally at Lake Merritt Amphitheater

  • Monday, February 13
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

RSVP here:


Year-End Bargaining Update
Where We Are Now

As we head into the holiday season, your elected SEIU 1021 bargaining team wants to provide you a comprehensive update on contract negotiations. 

The last bargaining session before the holiday took place on December 20th. We will meet again with management on January 5th. We want everyone to have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break with friends and family because when we resume negotiations in 2023, we are going to have to fight for a fair contract that helps County workers and residents.


Is Alameda County Serious?
After two months of bargaining, they still aren’t listening to workers’ concerns.

SEIU 1021’s bargaining team has met more than a dozen times with Alameda County management, and only on Thursday, December 1, did the County bother to put any wages at all on the table, more than two months after we passed a wage proposal.

Their opening three-year wage offer is lower than the 8.6% nationwide Consumer Price Index for 2022.

Is the County serious with this proposal?

The rest of the County’s offers aren’t much better:


We’re Making Progress, But We Need YOU!

Our elected bargaining team continues to make progress at the bargaining table, but we’re still waiting for the County to respond to all of our major proposals around wages, including cost of living adjustments to keep up with the 8.9% increase in the Consumer Price Index, longevity pay, bilingual premiums, telework, caseloads, vacation sellback, and safety.


Alameda County Workers Say: It’s Time to Staff Up!

On Tuesday, November 1, more than a hundred Alameda County members came out to rally in front of the Board of Supervisors. We let them know that we have a staffing crisis in Alameda County that needs to be solved now.

The day before that, the elected bargaining team passed our final proposals. They include common-sense solutions for improving recruitment and retention, fair wage increases to keep our members ahead of the 8.6% increase in the consumer price index the County itself reported, and much more.


County Workers Say: It’s Time to Staff Up!

On Tuesday, November 1, more than a hundred Alameda County members came out to rally in front of the Board of Supervisors to let them know that we have a staffing crisis in Alameda County that needs to be solved now!

The day before that, our elected bargaining team passed our final proposals, including common-sense solutions for improving recruitment and retention, fair wage increases to keep our members ahead of the 8.6% increase in the consumer price index the County itself reported.


Workers rally to staff up Alameda County!

Across Alameda County on Friday, 10/21, SEIU 1021 workers took a unity break at 10:21 a.m. to show their solidarity. One of their issues is a staffing crisis that has more than 2,300 county positions unfilled according to the county’s own numbers. As the need for Medi-Cal, CalWORKS, CalFresh, and other services skyrockets and Alameda County’s headcount dwindles, SEIU 1021 workers are united in telling the County Board of Supervisors: “It’s time to staff up Alameda County!”


Do You Feel Underpaid?

SEIU Local 1021 will be hosting two workshops on how to fight for “equity adjustments,” which are wage increases for specific classifications that can be shown to be underpaid compared to similar job classifications with similar employers.


While We Fight to Solve the Recruitment and Retention Crisis, The County Proposes We Pay More for Healthcare
& Wants a Hard Cap on Vacation Time for All of Us

We’ve been more than clear with management so far: our workforce is suffering as our headcount dwindles and our workload goes through the roof.

So far, management’s only substantive responses have been to propose takeaways and concessions:


Bargaining Surveys Are Out!
Fill Yours Out ASAP on Paper or Online

The elected Bargaining Team has met three times. They have received a financial proposal from the County at one meeting, and have met twice together to review information and contracts. As they start to draft proposals, they need to hear from you.

That’s why you need to fill out your bargaining survey as soon as you can! You can get a paper copy from your Bargaining Team member or field representative, or you can fill it out online at:


SEIU 1021 members in Alameda County win hero pay for county workers

After months of negotiations and member actions including rallies, purpling up on Tuesdays, sharing their stories with members of the board of supervisors, and more, SEIU 1021 members have signed an agreement with Alameda County to receive a one-time payment of $1,500 for county workers.