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When Alameda Health System began notifying people of layoffs, workers knew how damaging it would be for patient care across the County’s hospitals and health services—and they began organizing to take action at the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting.
Flanked by over 30 coworkers and supporters in scrubs and purple union shirts, EVS worker Donn DesBoine told the AHS Board of Trustees at their September meeting, “Sometimes there’s one housekeeper to a floor…If the layoffs happen, there’s no care for infection control…[and] the patients are going to be affected.”
SEIU 1021 Richmond Members Are Standing Up for a Fair Contract
After meeting with City negotiators and rallying to send City Council a strong message, we have three important updates for SEIU 1021 City of Richmond members.
This year marks SEIU 1021’s second annual toy drive for
low-income families. Last year’s Toy Drive helped 150
families. Event organizers are wanting to help over 250
families this time around.
Members are being asked to donate new toys and gift cards for children ages infant to 12 years old at an SEIU 1021 office near you.
“Our goal is to collect donations by Friday, December 13. We want to help as many families as possible this holiday season,” said Sandra Lewis, SEIU 1021 VP of Representation.
Workers Block Landfill as San Joaquin Supervisors Refuse to Address Problems Plaguing County Services
Individuals driving out to North County Landfill early Saturday
morning were shocked to see 100 SEIU 1021 members assembled at
the entrance, holding picket signs and blocking access to the
dumpsite. While Saturday’s protest focused on the landfill, the
problem of understaffing and inadequate resources touches every
corner of San Joaquin County.
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.
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 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.