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SEIU 1021
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SEIU Local 1021 Caucuses and Committees

In addition to standing up for workers’ rights on the job, our union is also home to a number of caucuses and committees that focus on tackling problems facing our communities.

SEIU 1021 caucuses and committees are open to all members and staff.

To find out about upcoming caucus and committee meetings, visit our union calendar.

SEIU 1021 Social and Economic Justice Committee

The Social and Economic Justice Committee (SEJ) aims to build partnerships with community allies committed to improving opportunities for working people, particularly workers from under-represented, low-income, and diverse communities. This committee supports caucuses and committees designed to bring us closer to our mission of achieving a society where all workers and their families live and work in dignity and respect.

Click here for our calendar for Black History Month, 2023.

SEJ meets on the Second Thursday of every month from 6 pm – 8 pm via Zoom. For more information contact SEJ Chair Nicole Christian. Below are the sub-committees and caucuses under the Social and Economic Justice Committee:

  • AFRAM Solidarity Committee
    The African American Solidarity Committee is committed to enhancing opportunities for education, training, mentorship, leadership development, and networking for SEIU members and staff of African descent. This committee promotes social, economic, and political justice within our workplace, communities, country, and union. Meetings are held every 3rd Monday of each month from 6 pm – 8 pm. For more information, complete the following SEJ Member Interest Survey.

  • Asian Pacific Islander Caucus
    The Asian Pacific Islander Caucus aims to collaborate with community organizations to address social, economic, housing, working conditions, health, and other issues of concern to the API community. We also aim to identify and develop community activists and leaders within the labor movement and in the community. We believe in and will fight for the empowerment of APIs in the labor movement where API workers are recognized, valued, and respected. Where socio-economic and political power is built and cultivated by APIs. Where APIs lead. Where APIs are represented in Union leadership bodies and shape the vision and decisions advanced by our Union. Where we leave a stronger, better, and more inclusive movement for generations to come. Visit our Facebook page for more info. For more information, contact Yeon Park at yeon.park@seiu1021.org.

  • Climate Justice Committee
    The mission of the committee is to address the challenge of climate disruption and to call out environmental racism, which hurts Black, Brown, and Native peoples, workers, and other vulnerable communities first and worst. As part of SEJ, we link Climate Justice with racial, gender, and economic justice for the 99%. Stand with us to confront the corporate greed subjecting us to the heavier burdens of air pollution and toxic waste exposure that jeopardize our jobs, our health, and our future. We need clean air and water, sustainable agriculture to grow healthy food, affordable housing, good family-sustaining union jobs, safe working conditions, and sustainable alternatives that contribute to the development of environmentally safe livelihoods. Zoom meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 pm. Contact the Chair, Martha Hawthorne, at martha222@gmail.com, or contact Chema Hernandez Gil at chema@seiu1021.org, the assigned staff to the committee.

  • Latino Professional Caucus
    The mission of the Latino Professional Caucus is to organize, educate and develop Latino and community members’ involvement to achieve power, respect, and social justice for working families. For more information, complete the following SEJ Member Interest Survey.

  • Lavender Solidarity Committee
    The mission of the Lavender Solidarity Committee (LSC) is to advocate for Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Questioning (LGBTQ) rights within the union and at the workplace. We work to educate union members and employers about issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and to make sure our concerns are included in all aspects of union work, including contract bargaining, workplace rights, healthcare benefits, and political action. The LSC is open to all SEIU 1021 members and staff. For more information, contact the Chair, Eileen Berkun at eberkun@comcast.net.

  • Peace and Solidarity Committee
    The purpose of the committee is to organize and inform our local union’s members about issues of peace, including the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The committee also works with other groups, including the United States Labor Against War (USLAW), to engage the larger labor community regarding issues of peace and the effects of the war budget on vital human services at home. For more information, complete the following SEJ Member Interest Survey.

  • Women’s Solidarity Committee
    The mission of the Women’s Solidarity Committee is to advocate for gender equality within the union and at the workplace.  We work to educate union members and employers about issues of gender equality and the fair treatment of women and to ensure that women’s concerns are included in all aspects of union work, including contract bargaining, workplace rights, healthcare benefits, and political action. For more information, contact the Chair, Cynthia Landry at Cynthia.Landry@seiu1021.org.

  • Workers with Disabilities Committee
    The purpose of the committee is to advocate for workers with disabilities and to build alliances with community groups. The committee exists to educate disabled workers on their rights, organize them to have a voice, and act as a support base for those who are being denied employment. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm. The Chair of the Workers with Disabilities Committee is Raina Johnson. For more information, complete the following SEJ Member Interest Survey.

SEIU 1021 Retirement Security Committee

The purpose of the Retirement Security Committee (RSC) is to work to achieve a secure retirement for all workers. The Committee shall provide education and training around pensions and pension issues to the members. This committee comprises active and retired members committed to maintaining and improving retirement benefits and retiree health care. The RSC of SEIU Local 1021 meets every month, on the third Thursday of every month, from 7 pm – 8 pm, at one of the union offices or by Zoom. Contact Retirement Security Committee Chair Derrick Boutte at derrick.boutte@seiu1021.org for more info. The RSC is a standing committee of Local 1021, and the Chair of the committee has a seat on the union’s Executive Board.

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AFRAM Black History Month Event Series RSVP
RSVP for any or all of the upcoming 3 Black History Month events sponsored by SEIU 1021 AFRAM

SEIU 1021 is excited to invite all members to attend the event series organized by the African American Caucus for SEIU 1021(AFRAM): “The Black Artists Who Sparked Organized Labor,” with John William Templeton, an esteemed activist and historian, who guides attendees on this enlightening journey through informative talks and walking tours. 

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AFRAM event series: “The Black Artists Who Sparked Organized Labor”

SEIU 1021 is excited to invite all members to attend the event series organized by the African American Caucus for SEIU 1021(AFRAM): “The Black Artists Who Sparked Organized Labor,” with John William Templeton, an esteemed activist and historian, who guides attendees on this enlightening journey through informative talks and walking tours. 

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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).

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Join the SEIU 1021 Latino Caucus

The SEIU 1021 Latino Caucus advocates for the development and advancement of all union members. We value human dignity, equality, solidarity, and the principles of democracy. We acknowledge diversity and traditions.

Meets by Zoom at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. To add yourself to the list to get reminder emails with the Zoom link, please fill out the form below.

For more information, contact Latino Caucus Chair Angel Valdez

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Retiree Program

The Retiree Council is composed of delegates from the Retiree Chapters: the Alameda County Retired Employees Chapter, the East Bay Retiree Chapter, the Sacramento County Retirees Group, the San Joaquin Area Retirees Group, the Solano County Retirees Group, the Sonoma County Retiree Chapter, and the West Bay Retiree Chapter.